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MINI Reboots its MINI Connected App With Less Functionality & More Sophistication

MotoringFile Sections: F54 Clubman, F55 Four-Door Hardtop, F56 Two-Door Hardtop, F60 Countryman, MINI Connected Aug 3rd, 2015 No Comments

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A month ago MINI released it’s new brand strategy focused on a less is more philosophy and a higher degree of sophistication. While the 2016 Clubman was held up as an example of this, the first tangible piece of the strategy to hit the market will be a completely redesigned MINI Connected App. Gone are the superfluous features that have littered the app for years. Instead we have a very focused set of functionality that seeks to solve a few key problems in a simple and effective way. The new app replaces the old MINI Connected and will be available on Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store as a free update.

Official Release: After five years, the MINI Connected app is undergoing a major relaunch, with the new version available to download from mid-August. The design follows the same principles applied to the brand’s realignment as recently revealed, meaning that the focus has been clearly placed on the essentials. In the same way as the brand has now adopted a much more pared-down overall approach, MINI Connected will in future concentrate on driving-related functions. continued →

With iOS 9, MINI Has All It Needs to Bring CarPlay

MotoringFile Sections: CarPlay, In the Press, MINI Connected, Technology Jun 13th, 2015 42 Comments

For the past 26 years, Apple has held WWDC. This year was no exception and among the number of announcements that were made earlier this week, an update to CarPlay was one of them. As a reminder, CarPlay is a standard developed by Apple to allow devices running iOS to function with built-in display units of automobile dashboards. As of now, CarPlay can only be found in a handful of cars, but iOS 9 might change the deal for the automotive space in general, and MINI in particular. continued →

Life360 App Now Available for MINI Connected

MotoringFile Sections: MINI Connected, Official News, Technology Apr 22nd, 2015 No Comments

P90129727-highRes Whenever MINI releases a new app for MINI Connected, even if we never heard of said app, excitement ensues. Early last week, MINI announced the availability of Life360 for MINI Connected. From the App Store description, “Life360 is the world’s leading location-sharing app, and is the best way to stay connected to family, friends, and everyone in between.” It joins a group of great applications already on the platform, including: Glympse (MF’s favorite), Spotify, and MINI Connected XL Journey Mate among others. continued →

Touchscreen Infotainment Systems Coming to BMWs

MotoringFile Sections: In the Press, MINI Connected, Technology Mar 11th, 2015 28 Comments

F55_ClubmanConcept (3)In the latest episode of White Roof Radio, we dedicated some time talking about the state of current infotainment systems. Needless to say it is not great, but seeing a number of established technology companies and smaller players entering the space makes us believe there’s hope for a brighter future. In the meantime, car companies continue to develop their offering and it appears that BMW might complement the interior design of its models with touchscreens sooner rather than later. continued →


Security Flaw In MINI Connected Leaves MINIs Open To Hacking

MotoringFile Sections: MINI Connected, Technology Jan 31st, 2015 16 Comments

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Cars are becoming more connected each day and just like with computers, smart phones and other “internet of things” connected devices it makes them targets of hackers. The 2014 – 2015 F55 and F56 feature a version of “MINI CONNECTED” that allows the BMW Group’s servers to provide live updates, web connectivity and features such as unlocking or preconditioning of cars. It’s this feature that has been exploited.

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Spotify Comes to MINI Connected

MotoringFile Sections: F55 Four-Door Hardtop, F56 Two-Door Hardtop, MINI Connected, Official News, Technology Nov 19th, 2014 8 Comments

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After a long wait the largest streaming service in the world is finally coming to MINI Connected. Joining Pandora, Tunein and Stitcher, Amazon Cloud Player, Deezer, Napster and Audible, Spotify is part of the MINI connected family of integrated apps that gives drivers a safe autmootive grade interface to control apps from their iOS and Android devices.

Official release: We all know that the new MINI rocks, but now there’s even more for music-loving MINI fans to be jazzed about with the introduction of Spotify to the brand’s roster of third-party App integration.

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Is MINI Giving Apple’s CarPlay the Cold Shoulder?

MotoringFile Sections: MF Feature, MINI Connected, Technology May 6th, 2014 48 Comments

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Apple’s long awaited CarPlay is finally here and everyone’s favorite small car seems to be oblivious to it. Is that by design or was MINI caught flat-footed?

Given our conversations with MINI and BMW engineers over the past few years it’s clear to us that MINI and BMW are taking a wait and see approach with the technology integration. But it’s not due to BMW being caught off-gaurd. While it’s true that Apple has often been very very late to notify its partners about car related technology (Siri integration being a good example), our sources are telling us that Apple worked directly with automotive partners ahead of the CarPlay debut in Geneva earlier this spring . We also believe that BMW (and MINI given that they use the same iDrive system) has been testing its own integration of the system. However that’s not the only thing that BMW is testing deep within the labs of it’s Munich headquarters. continued →

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