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Official Release: The launch of the new generation of MINI Connected takes the intelligent link-up of the vehicle, driver and outside world into a new dimension. The introduction of the upgraded technology sees MINI Connected start a new journey beyond the familiar in-car infotainment functions to include a personal mobility assistant which can also help with personal mobility planning outside the car as part of an integrated concept. Based on a flexible platform – the Open Mobility Cloud – MINI Connected weaves the car smoothly into the MINI driver’s digital life via the Apple iPhone, as well as Android-based smartphones in the future.

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http://www.motoringfile.com/2016/11...nnected-app-including-new-personal-assistant/
 

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I've been using the new Connected App for a while now. Hopefully at some point it will actually do all of those things.
 

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I was watching a video on the new F60 and they mentioned that, at least with the navigation headunit running MINI Connected 5.0 (iDrive 5.0), connection to the app would be wireless. FINALLY.

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I wonder if its as [email protected] as the last one? Especially for Android? Worst part of my Mini experience by far.


Absolutely, I love everything about my Mini except the Connected sh*t

So bad that I never plug my phone through USB just to avoid it. And even thinking of cancelling my subscription to Spotify because Connected makes it horrible
 

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Just tried it. And more confused than ever. The new Connected App does not replace the old one (Classic) because it is just for trip planning, so it is replacing Journey Mate I think... but with less features. The new app is supposed to be a combination of Classic+Journey, which is a great idea...but it isn't. If you want to use apps like Streetwise, Forcemeter, Calendar, etc... you need the classic one. As an example, I tried to use Calendar with the new app, what happened is that the classic app opened. I remove Classic from my iPhone, and then Calendar or Streetwise did not open anymore. In fact I got this message (in German!)



So the new app is EVEN useless than the Classic one. Let's see if they fix it and we have a working app at last
 

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I am looking at the MINI Motorer's Guide for the F54 JCW (have a VIN but the MINI not here yet). It appears to support apps via bluetooth. Also has Qi charging pad in the armrest. Have to wait until I get the JCW to test out the new Connected app. I would expect this touch screen unit to make to other models at some point.
 

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I am looking at the MINI Motorer's Guide for the F54 JCW (have a VIN but the MINI not here yet). It appears to support apps via bluetooth. Also has Qi charging pad in the armrest. Have to wait until I get the JCW to test out the new Connected app. I would expect this touch screen unit to make to other models at some point.
Are you able to upload the manual? I'd love to see what it says about the new headunit and wireless charging. Give us your real life rundown when you get it!

The touchscreen will be available on the F60 and I think will be available on the rest of the lineup by MY2018 next July.
 

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Unfortunately I currently only can get the info on the app and it does not allow copying or printing. If I can figure out a way to copy it I will try to post it. It is light on details. Likely more details in the onboard manual on the MINI.

It does indicate there is a "wireless charging tray" in the armrest using Qi that allows charging. And connection to the external antenna. That would require the apps to run through bluetooth and it mentions this under apps.
 

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Still catering to Apple over Android... also I wonder if previous MINIs (such as the F56) will get the new 5.0 update?
 
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Still catering to Apple over Android... also I wonder if previous MINIs (such as the F56) will get the new 5.0 update?
New hardware, so no.

They will have the new headunits available for the rest of the MINI lineup when the MY2018 MINIs start coming out. That's also when the Hardtops (maybe the other models too) will be overhauled for the LCI refresh. New engines are rumored and I'm sure we'll see some hardware, design, and option tweaks.
 

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New hardware, so no.

They will have the new headunits available for the rest of the MINI lineup when the MY2018 MINIs start coming out. That's also when the Hardtops (maybe the other models too) will be overhauled for the LCI refresh. New engines are rumored and I'm sure we'll see some hardware, design, and option tweaks.
I'm sure it can still be made to work though, even with different hardware. I would think it would work similar to iPhone updates whereby hardware specific features just wouldn't work on older hardware. I'm just frustrated that almost none of the MINI Connected features work on Android (that was partly why I paid for upgraded Media XL Pack).
 
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I'm sure it can still be made to work though, even with different hardware. I would think it would work similar to iPhone updates whereby hardware specific features just wouldn't work on older hardware. I'm just frustrated that almost none of the MINI Connected features work on Android (that was partly why I paid for upgraded Media XL Pack).
But on iPhones, you still have the OS designed for those older devices. This is not the case with iDrive versions, or auto headunits in general So it's extremely doubtful, though never say never, I guess. Even on the BMW side where more people work on stuff like this, you still need a new headunit for iDrive 5.0 and some functionality is still lost on cars that it was not designed for. These headunits are not computers where you can just load a new OS.

Also, to point out, the lack of MINI Connected's Android support is mostly due to the EXTREMELY slow development of the app, not the headunit. On BMW's iDrive, the Android app has much better functionality even on older iDrive versions (though there is still a disparity between the iOS version of the app and the Android version)
 
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From browsing through the various update files and whatnot on my old F30, it's just a linux box. Simple proc/mem/hdd setup and a display as well as some input. Nothing that exciting. It's just a PC, really. I'd actually love to get the dmesg output. One for another day. But honestly, the golden rule of cars is, make sure it does everything you want when you buy it cause it will NEVER get new features.

That's always my way of thinking. Then if something magically gets added, whooooo. If not, expectations managed. Life goes on and you see what you'll get the next time.
 

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And even thinking of cancelling my subscription to Spotify because Connected makes it horrible
What do you find horrible about Spotify through Connected? I've only had my Mini a week but I'm not finding any problems with Spotify (apart from having to remember to open the app before dumping the phone into the cupholder...)
 

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What do you find horrible about Spotify through Connected? I've only had my Mini a week but I'm not finding any problems with Spotify (apart from having to remember to open the app before dumping the phone into the cupholder...)


1. Worse sound than through "USB Spotify", similar to BT quality (so crap)

2. No art work shows up (it does when Spotify is used through USB or BT)

3. No other Connected app can be used at the same time

4. No auto start or auto resume (neither on USB or BT) unlike Apple or HDD

5. Not able to display current playlist tracks (unlike Apple or HDD)
 
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