Honestly from a Safety Point I think less is more in a Car. I see them everyday driving around and playing on there Iphone checking Fb not paying ATTN to the Traffic and drift all over the Place. Last Week somebody almost drove under my Trailer while checking/texting there Phone.
Tend to agree, i struggle to come up with a valid need for facebook or twitter in car. I think there will be a push either from within the industry or more likely through legislation to simplify in car electronic interfaces to reduce distraction
This makes me laugh! There are definitely advantages to being old school when it comes to ordering new cars. My "yet to be built" JCW will have manual transmission (worth the wait) and "no electronic gadgetry" in the center dash pod except for the harmon kardon radio! Greatly holds down the cost too!
By the time the car is "old", I'll be "older", and the electronics will be "outdated" anyway! Maybe I'm in the extreme minority, but the way electronics change so rapidly, all the current cool gizmos will become outdated faster than the car depreciates.
I plan to "drive the car" not fidget with the electronic wonders!
I don't usually bother with it while driving so I probably would not miss it. It was fun for me to show my mini could do that on facebook but that thrill is over. I hate leaving the radio screen for fear of missing favorite artist notifications. Most of which I have saved mp3s actually In the car ... but I get excited when one comes on the radio. Not sure what that says about me mentally, maybe I don't want to know. LOL
I do enjoy the text message feature. Always so tempting to check the phone when I get one so this makes it easy.
When you think the technology you are used to is all that is needed, welcome to the old farts club. How come electronic aids from before you started driving are essential and not just frippery? My grandfather believed that any driver not able to use an advance/retard control (ie, to manually adjust spark plug timing) was an incompetent that should not be allowed to drive. Some may be tempted to say the same thing of a driver that cannot use a choke control.
On my long trip to PA, it really was nice when spending between 5 and 6 hours on the road to have my twitter feed read out loud to me... a nice diversion. I actually like that one.
The facebook functionality was a total joke, though. For one thing, it had major issues updating the feed. It would pull in three FB posts... per day... in spite of convincing itself that it was actively updating. And trying to listen to those 3 posts was futile... especially given the fact that nobody on FB every actually posts words anymore, just recycle some picture they found amusing. I get nothing out of hearing my feed read out to me as, "file attachment". I did have some success with posting the little canned updates, but everyone else was unamused with reading what the temperature was and how far I had left to go. The Facetube app was a waste of precious, precious electrons... no great loss.
And, as I've said elsewhere, the web search function has proved to be much better than I ever expected. I'm still playing with that and finding it more and more convenient and accurate as I go.
It is still showing up on the Android app but no longer connects. I can't find any other news stories about it at all if it is going away for other cars . I hope they will update the android app with more features if they are removing something seems like we should get something new on Android. Preferably something like Pandora. I just want more Android but it doesn't have to be Facebook.
It's pretty clear that Andoid anything is beyond an afterthought with BMW, so I'm not holding my breath for any updates. If it had been any other Connected app, I'd be irritated. As it is, the Facebook thing was so terrible, getting rid of it was the best improvement possible.