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      03-22-2016, 04:05 PM   #1
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BMW Announces First App Integrations for Android Devices

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Woodcliff Lake, NJ– March 22, 2016… BMW Group announces that the first BMW Apps integrations for Android devices will be iHeartRadio, Spotify, and Pandora – three of the most popular music streaming services. Drivers of the new 2016 BMW 7 Series can safely access and control these services through their iDrive controller and screen while driving. The BMW Apps option originally launched for iOS in 2011 and is now available for Android users. The new Android integration also signals a continuation of BMW's strong partnership with their current iOS app partners. BMW Apps are designed with convenience and safety in mind: drivers can effortlessly stream their favorite audio, change stations, curate their favorites, and switch between apps.

In order to use the apps within the vehicle, an Android user with OS 4.2 or later, only needs to download the BMW Connected app from Google Play and connect their phone over Bluetooth to the new 2016 BMW 7 Series with the BMW Apps option. App integration for all other vehicles equipped with BMW Apps and MINI Connected will follow at a later date.

iHeartRadio with BMW Apps for Android.

iHeartRadio , the leading all-in-one streaming music and digital radio service, is now available on Android devices in a seamless listening experience for drivers of the new BMW 7 Series. Features include:
  • Thousands of iHeartRadio’s Live Radio stations from across the country as well as a catalog of more than 20 million songs and 800,000 artists to create personalized Custom Stations.
  • A personalized “For You” feature with tailored recommendations based on users’ specific music preferences and listening history.
  • Seamless access to saved Favorites, with the ability to easily add or remove stations at any time and ability to browse recently listened to stations.
  • The ability to Thumbs up/Thumbs down songs to create a more personalized experience.
  • Enhanced music discovery with Live Radio station scan and search feature for thousands of podcasts offering on-demand news, celebrity and entertainment talk show content.


Spotify with BMW Apps for Android.

Spotify – the world’s leading music streaming service – can now be brought into the new BMW 7 Series via most Android devices.

Spotify users – both free and Premium – can enjoy a seamless music , using the iDrive controller to easily and safely::
  • Access their own music and playlists or use features like Radio and Browse to find the perfect music for every mood and moment.
  • Enjoy an intuitive viewing experience on the car’s high-resolution Control Display.
  • Premium subscribers can enjoy extra high quality on-demand music (320 kbps) - taking full advange of the on the car’s audio system - as well as ad-free and offline listening.


Pandora with BMW Apps for Android.

Pandora, the world’s most powerful music discovery platform, is now available on Android devices in a seamless listening experience for new BMW 7 Series drivers. Drivers can now:

Access existing or create new stations using the iDrive Controller/MINI Controller.
Thumb-up, thumb-down, or bookmark songs to personalize the driver’s Pandora stations from the road.
Comfortably, simply, safely and intuitively use of Pandora to minimize driver distraction.



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Woodcliff Lake, NJ– March 22, 2016… BMW Group announces that the first BMW Apps integrations for Android devices will be iHeartRadio, Spotify, and Pandora – three of the most popular music streaming services. Drivers of the new 2016 BMW 7 Series can safely access and control these services through their iDrive controller and screen while driving. The BMW Apps option originally launched for iOS in 2011 and is now available for Android users. The new Android integration also signals a continuation of BMW's strong partnership with their current iOS app partners. BMW Apps are designed with convenience and safety in mind: drivers can effortlessly stream their favorite audio, change stations, curate their favorites, and switch between apps.

In order to use the apps within the vehicle, an Android user with OS 4.2 or later, only needs to download the BMW Connected app from Google Play and connect their phone over Bluetooth to the new 2016 BMW 7 Series with the BMW Apps option. App integration for all other vehicles equipped with BMW Apps and MINI Connected will follow at a later date.

iHeartRadio with BMW Apps for Android.

iHeartRadio , the leading all-in-one streaming music and digital radio service, is now available on Android devices in a seamless listening experience for drivers of the new BMW 7 Series. Features include:
  • Thousands of iHeartRadio’s Live Radio stations from across the country as well as a catalog of more than 20 million songs and 800,000 artists to create personalized Custom Stations.
  • A personalized “For You” feature with tailored recommendations based on users’ specific music preferences and listening history.
  • Seamless access to saved Favorites, with the ability to easily add or remove stations at any time and ability to browse recently listened to stations.
  • The ability to Thumbs up/Thumbs down songs to create a more personalized experience.
  • Enhanced music discovery with Live Radio station scan and search feature for thousands of podcasts offering on-demand news, celebrity and entertainment talk show content.


Spotify with BMW Apps for Android.

Spotify – the world’s leading music streaming service – can now be brought into the new BMW 7 Series via most Android devices.

Spotify users – both free and Premium – can enjoy a seamless music , using the iDrive controller to easily and safely::
  • Access their own music and playlists or use features like Radio and Browse to find the perfect music for every mood and moment.
  • Enjoy an intuitive viewing experience on the car’s high-resolution Control Display.
  • Premium subscribers can enjoy extra high quality on-demand music (320 kbps) - taking full advange of the on the car’s audio system - as well as ad-free and offline listening.


Pandora with BMW Apps for Android.

Pandora, the world’s most powerful music discovery platform, is now available on Android devices in a seamless listening experience for new BMW 7 Series drivers. Drivers can now:

Access existing or create new stations using the iDrive Controller/MINI Controller.
Thumb-up, thumb-down, or bookmark songs to personalize the driver’s Pandora stations from the road.
Comfortably, simply, safely and intuitively use of Pandora to minimize driver distraction.

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how about all the apps..like bmw m lap analyzer

i bought an itouch last night o i can use some bmw functions
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great, but I don't own a 2016 7 series.... when are they going to pull their finger out and release this for other products nav NBT users?
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Doubtful this gets to Canada. Would be nice to see the GoPro app up here as well among other app features. Must be some sort of licensing issue...I'm guessing.
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IMO, the infotainment system is the worst part of owning a BMW. I really hope that Apple CarPlay will come as an app for current cars as well, and not just with a upgraded idrive hardware.
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IMO, the infotainment system is the worst part of owning a BMW. I really hope that Apple CarPlay will come as an app for current cars as well, and not just with a upgraded idrive hardware.
I agree
I really like it
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But I already have Spotify integration on my M235i. What's different about this?
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Well I'll be the first to say it's a good initiative.
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IMO, the infotainment system is the worst part of owning a BMW. I really hope that Apple CarPlay will come as an app for current cars as well, and not just with a upgraded idrive hardware.
I agree
I really like it
Eww.. No. Love BMW's integration.
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I agree
I really like it
What kind of car is that VW Passat?
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finally... been waiting for this
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App integration should be a given. And why only on 7 series? My 2016 F83 cost as much as a 740.
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But I already have Spotify integration on my M235i. What's different about this?
This is using Android phones.
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I agree
I really like it
What kind of car is that VW Passat?
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What kind of car is that VW Passat?
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For Pan users, only change is album/song graphic. Other than that the song title is already displayed thru Bluetooth today without this new thingy.
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App integration should be a given. And why only on 7 series? My 2016 F83 cost as much as a 740.
Gxx 7er (and March '16+ build 6er), has the new open source OS and GUI developed with Samsung. Later models with HU_NBTEvo2 will use the same.
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Unsure why they wouldn't allow Software updates to integrate this? I mean surely iOS integration is not important enough to contribute to distinguishing the models...
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Why not just make android and ios have the same integration? As in, connecting thru USB to control music and appS.
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Bless their little hearts.
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