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      06-30-2020, 03:21 PM   #1
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OTA updates for the masses?

First of all, I'm not sure where to put this, so if a mod thinks there's a better place, please move it.

Today, I was saw an announcement related to OTA updates being rolled out in large scale, so it seems the moment we've been waiting for is finally coming.

The announcement was made by the Norwegian BMW office, but they speak about "large scale" roll out, which almost never means Norway-only, since nothing here happens at a large scale.

They indicate that OTA updates require Live Cockpit Professional, iDrive 7, and it applies to the following models starting from 2018:

BMW 1-serie
BMW 2-serie Gran Coupť
BMW 3-serie
BMW 7-serie
BMW 8-serie
BMW X5
BMW X6
BMW X7
BMW Z4
BMW 5-serie: produced from July 2020
BMW X3/X4: produced from July 2021


Have you guys seen a similar announcement in your local markets?

Here it's the article translated to English.
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      06-30-2020, 04:23 PM   #2
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Interesting..... havenít seen anything similar announced in the U.K.
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      06-30-2020, 04:34 PM   #3
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Nothing similar in Portuguese car news websites. Last update I received was 11/2019, 03/2020 is still rolling out, as soon as I hear 07/2020 with android auto is coming out I'm heading to the dealer
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      06-30-2020, 04:37 PM   #4
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Haven't seen anything here in US
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      06-30-2020, 05:43 PM   #5
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Haven't seen anything here in US
Ditto from UK but found this from early May. No source but the numbers same as the Norwegian release.


https://www.eenewsautomotive.com/new...00000-vehicles
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      06-30-2020, 07:43 PM   #6
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Haven't seen anything here in US
Ditto from UK but found this from early May. No source but the numbers same as the Norwegian release.


https://www.eenewsautomotive.com/new...00000-vehicles
This is huge!
Hopefully Canada gets it too
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      07-01-2020, 03:19 AM   #7
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If you are talking about the OTA updates that started to happen for most people back in May 2020, then yeah it is pretty nice! (Sweden here)

Still waiting for that July Android update!
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      07-01-2020, 03:29 AM   #8
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I haven't heard of anybody getting the 3/2020 update via OTA, so as an educated guess the 7/2020 update will also take a couple of months to show up
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      07-01-2020, 11:50 AM   #9
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"OTA"? ... is that Spanish?

I'm still on 07/2019.30
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      07-01-2020, 02:17 PM   #10
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"OTA"? ... is that Spanish?

I'm still on 07/2019.30
I already received 2 updates since I bought the car 6 months ago
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      07-02-2020, 03:03 AM   #11
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No OTA update received here in UK in the 6 months since i got my G21. BMW Uk website says no update available for my VIN. Nothing on the app either???
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      07-02-2020, 04:35 AM   #12
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No OTA update received here in UK in the 6 months since i got my G21. BMW Uk website says no update available for my VIN. Nothing on the app either???
Same here. I think those with 11.2019 XX installed from the factory have the latest OTA BMW feel is acceptable.

From what I've seen, there wasn't much change with 03.2020. And the last Connected Drive app update fixed a few niggles like remote view for me.

I'm presuming BMW have been putting all the resources into the July 2020 update which brings a few new features rather than purely bug fixes. That's how I read it anyway.

New cars built now will have it and other cars will have OTA updates sent in July and August. There's another article on it here:

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/t...oftware-update
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My Nov 2019 build has 07/2019.55. Waiting patiently for Android Auto!
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      07-02-2020, 01:34 PM   #14
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Canada here!! Had my car since May 2019 and haven't had a single OTA update yet... apparently ya been disabled by bmw because of concerns with connectivity.
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      07-02-2020, 04:26 PM   #15
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Same here. I think those with 11.2019 XX installed from the factory have the latest OTA BMW feel is acceptable.

From what I've seen, there wasn't much change with 03.2020. And the last Connected Drive app update fixed a few niggles like remote view for me.

I'm presuming BMW have been putting all the resources into the July 2020 update which brings a few new features rather than purely bug fixes. That's how I read it anyway.

New cars built now will have it and other cars will have OTA updates sent in July and August. There's another article on it here:

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/t...oftware-update
This was a truly insightful article. I saw it before I took a look at the press release in the front page. Looking forward 07/20, it's gonna be great.
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      07-03-2020, 07:23 AM   #16
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What's the difference between Pre and Post July cars?
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      07-03-2020, 08:30 AM   #17
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What's the difference between Pre and Post July cars?
I think they've added hardware that enables certain features such as the iPhone key from July onwards. For example high beam assist will also be added to connected drive store for download but only cars from July will be able to have it because they come with a blank button that can be programmed for it.

I had expected BMW to work out some way of enabling it for pre July cars but apparently not.

I can easily see this being the way forward. Plenty of spare buttons that can be programmed for software additions. Hmmm.
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I think they've added hardware that enables certain features such as the iPhone key from July onwards. For example high beam assist will also be added to connected drive store for download but only cars from July will be able to have it because they come with a blank button that can be programmed for it.

I had expected BMW to work out some way of enabling it for pre July cars but apparently not.

I can easily see this being the way forward. Plenty of spare buttons that can be programmed for software additions. Hmmm.
I think theyíre at it. Mine will open with an Android phone. Itís NFC. Itís a standard in terms of hardware so the differences are software related. Software can be updated.
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I think they're at it. Mine will open with an Android phone. It's NFC. It's a standard in terms of hardware so the differences are software related. Software can be updated.
They're not, or they would have already said it. They've been pretty clear that it's only for cars built from July 2020 onwards, even if our ads already have the NFC digital key capability. It's a joke.
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I think they've added hardware that enables certain features such as the iPhone key from July onwards. For example high beam assist will also be added to connected drive store for download but only cars from July will be able to have it because they come with a blank button that can be programmed for it.

I had expected BMW to work out some way of enabling it for pre July cars but apparently not.

I can easily see this being the way forward. Plenty of spare buttons that can be programmed for software additions. Hmmm.
I think they’re at it. Mine will open with an Android phone. It’s NFC. It’s a standard in terms of hardware so the differences are software related. Software can be updated.
I think Apple requires a different chip to Android for the NFC to work which wasn't available at launch. It isn't normal NFC.

It made no sense why it worked with Android and not Apple at launch so why would BMW not allow the millions of Apple users to have the function now if it was available?
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Them not offering some sort of hardware upgrade to pre July cars does suck.
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Them not offering some sort of hardware upgrade to pre July cars does suck.
I wonder if itís a simple hardware replacement in the doors, whether 3rd parties will offer this upgrade?
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