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      05-23-2020, 01:10 PM   #1
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Android phone

Without doing any programming, is there a way to get as many options using an Android phone as there is an iPhone? It's my car and I have an Samsun Galaxy. When my wife drives it she pairs her iPhone.

It's silly that it's an Android operating system in the car but my wifes phone has many more options.

I have not idea what F# the car is, it's a 2020 440i convertible.

Another unrelated question, why do people refer to the car as a Fxx? Why didn't BMW name them that way? Clearly I'm pretty new to BMW.

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      05-23-2020, 05:58 PM   #2
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You'll need a car that has Android Auto. BMW's are Apple Carplay, and not even every BMW, iirc, has that.

While carplay is nice, I bluetooth pair my android phone just fine for audio. I can also see my phone in my mount if I need more control, like in google play music.
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      05-23-2020, 07:00 PM   #3
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F33 is the 4 series convertible body style.

Apple probably paid BMW to make it apple only. lol

I actually have car play and never use it.
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      05-23-2020, 07:28 PM   #4
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It look like you need the upgrade to the G2x, i heard android auto is fully supported and totally wireless.
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      05-24-2020, 09:02 AM   #5
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I have an Android and pair with bluetooth for music and phone. I'd read that if I set up a business profile, I can read messages too, but I haven't figured out how to do that.

It'd be nice, though, perhaps, a deadly distraction--like all the signs on the highway that say 'don't text and drive.'
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      05-26-2020, 09:02 AM   #6
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I have not idea what F# the car is, it's a 2020 440i convertible.

Another unrelated question, why do people refer to the car as a Fxx? Why didn't BMW name them that way? Clearly I'm pretty new to BMW.

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FXX is a BMW designation code for the vehicle model and current generation, kind of like a chasis code in other vehicles. The model names like 340, 440, X3, X5, etc will stay the same, but each time there is a new generation code for the vehicle. On the forums it's handy way to communicate your car type and age. Instead of saying you have a 2014 - 2020 4 series, you can say you have an F32 and we all know exactly what generation of car you have.

The current generation of 4-series is the F32 for the two-door and F33 for the Grand Coupe. When the new generation is released next year, the model will still be a 430/440's, but their designation code will be GXX

For another example, the previous generation of 3 series was the F30, and the new one relased for the 2019 model year became the G20. This is true for every other model of BMW as well. Back in the 70's (?) through the early 2000's there were many generations of EXX's across all the car models (i.e. E36, E46, E90 for the 3 series) and then BMW moved to FXX and now some are on to GXX depending on their lifecycle.

The fun part also begins when they start talking engine codes like N54, N55, B48, B58 ect!
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      05-26-2020, 02:31 PM   #7
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      05-26-2020, 02:49 PM   #8
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F32 coupe
F33 convertible
F36 grancoupe
Ugh. I new something didn't look right when I wrote my post.... Thanks.
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Not possible AFAIK. I bought a cheap iphone 5s ($50) from ebay and keep it permanently plugged into the car. Even that doesn't always sync properly, which is infuriating, but at least I usually get the apps.
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      05-27-2020, 02:51 AM   #10
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My f36 in the UK hasn't got Carplay, and nor according to BMW will they ever retro fit it, despite it now being free issue, I too have an Android phone and can get my wifi radio, spotify and downloaded music through USB / bluetooth, and thankfully the car already has nav.

I find BMW a bit weird in only supporting Apple and not Android but hey! It hasn't put me off yet another Android phone as I am just about to change it.
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