BMW to Add Support for Samsung S Voice in iDrive Console of 2014 Model Cars

By: Ali Raza  |   June 10th, 2013   |   Business, Cars, News

German car manufacturer BMW has declared that it is going to add Samsung S Voice to the iDrive console of its 2014 model cars. However, this would not be the only enhancement that BMW is bringing to its forthcoming cars, as the company has made it known that it is will also add support for Apple’s Siri, an equivalent to Samsung’s S Voice service. Along with these voice enhancements, BMW is also adding its own voice-control functions in the upcoming models, which could cause some confusion for owners, as they have to press the same button to talk to their car and activate the S Voice or Siri.


BMW explains the function by stating that, “With the latest update to BMW iDrive, both Apple Siri and Samsung S Voice can be accessed through the vehicle’s voice command controls. With a paired device, pressing and holding the steering wheel voice command button will engage the device’s voice access. Pressing the steering wheel voice button without holding it will continue to access the vehicle’s voice command functions.”


Samsung S Voice feature comes with the Galaxy Note II, S4, S III, S III Mini, S II Plus, Note 8.0, Note 10.1, Grand, Camera and Stellar.


Below are the full details of standard features that BMW will make available in its 2014 model cars:

“BMW Assist standard in nearly all 2014 models including 10 years of eCall with enhanced Automatic Collision Notification and BMW Teleservice.


Updated BMW iDrive 4.2 available or standard on most 2014 models with a range of enhancements and additional features.


BMW navigation and BMW Online standard equipment on all 2014 5, 6 and 7 Series cars as well as 2014 X5 and X6 Sports Activity Vehicles. It is optional on all other models. In addition to BMW Online, BMW navigation includes Advanced Real Time Traffic Information (ARTTI)1 .


Concierge service is now standard on all V8 and V12 equipped 2014 6 and 7 Series models. It is now available as a standalone upgrade on most other 2014 models. The service can be initialized at the time of purchase or can be added anytime after purchase.


Internet access is available as an option on 2014 models equipped with navigation and the latest BMW iDrive 4.22 as part on BMW Online. The internet browser is connected through the vehicle using a 3G network connection.


Enhanced voice command options including available message dictation and integration of both Apple Siri and Samsung SVoice through the vehicle’s voice command controls.3


Expanded availability of BMW Apps-ready third party apps. In addition to the apps available in the US today – including Pandora, MOG, Stitcher and Aupeo – new BMW Apps that will be available soon include Audible, TuneIn, Rhapsody and Glympse with more to follow. Later this year, BMW Apps integration will be available for devices with the Android operating system.”


Source: 9t05Google, BMWUSANews

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