Connectivity Conn Job
Hi, anyone out there getting full functionality from TFT with 3rd party communicators? Here in Australia BMW want AUD $700 for their brand of communicator which can only be fitted to a $1000 BMW helmet and they want 1hr workshop labour to plug the two together!!! Also, you can't use in ear monitors with the BMW rig, only the supplied ambient speakers. And of course you must double the cost of this imposition should you also need to outfit a passenger. BMW are trying to monopolise on what should ethically remain simple, universal Bluetooth Hands Free Protocols. This is nothing more than a shameful and arrogant price gouge. Additionally, why offer the emergency call function/option, when a simple direct call button to activate "Siri" or "Google Assistant" would have been loads more useful? Don't get me wrong, the TFT is no doubt a quantum leap forward but I think that BMW should really take another look at their firmware.
I use a set of Scala Rider Q1's and an Android Samsung phone. I don't have any additional Navigator of any brand. I can achieve about 90% compatibility with the TFT. All data transfer from the Motorrad App works fine, all my phone media and contacts are available on the TFT screen and I can control all functions via the multi wheel except playback volume. Pairing is a bit hit and miss but once connected it seems stable enough. The only thing that is out of whack is the phone audio. No audio signal is sent or received and if I try a call, a strange feedback loop occurs that will crash the Bluetooth connection. Also, can't say yet whether the intercom is stable or not. I have been in contact with Scala Rider and they are aware of the situation and they are currently working on a software patch to fix the compatibility issues. I wish them the best of luck, and I am sure that any 3rd party comms manufacturer who can crack the smarty pants BMW codec will be sitting on a gold mine. Watch this Space!