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Old 11-20-2014, 10:15 PM   #1
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BMWhat test drive, please weigh in

Some of us have recently heard about this new iOS and Android smartphone/tablet app called BMWhat which claims to do typical OBD2 DTC reading as well as, get this, BMW-specific ECU coding. Yes folks, these crazy Germans may have just invented a competitor to PA Soft 1.4 in smartphone app form! Okay, let's not get ahead of ourselves...

There is a free Lite version, which is mainly to show off the paid app's capabilities and test its compatibility with your OBD2 interface and car.
Apple App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ivin...467344155?mt=8
Google Play store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...whatLite&hl=en

And there is the paid version, currently (steeply) priced at $49.99 (iOS) or $58.75 (Android).
Apple App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ivin...467343427?mt=8
Google Play store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...whatFull&hl=en

They also sell interfaces/cables to accompany the app. See their main web site here:
http://www.ivini-apps.com/

This topic came up in jfoj's excellent thread on OBD2 app/cable solutions, located here:
OBD Software and Interface $22.16
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...87698#poststop

Rather than pollute his thread, he suggested we kick off a new one to discuss it. So here we are. Please post whatever you know about the app, interfaces, company, experiences, test results, etc.

[Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with iVini, BMWhat, or any crazy Germans.]
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Old 11-20-2014, 10:23 PM   #2
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So I installed the free BMWhatLite app on both my iPad and Android smartphone and tested it with both my WiFi OBD2 interface and bluetooth OBD2 interface. In all four cases it did communicate with the car but could not read any ECUs, which is sort of what I expected.

So tonight I tried it again with just the Android smartphone, my K-line interface (used for INPA, WinKFP, NCS Expert, Toolset32, etc.) and a female USB-to-microUSB adapter cable from Radio Shack ($15), and guess what? Yup, it read all my ECUs and offered coding options for GM, LSZ, SM ECUs. Hmmm, now this is getting interesting...

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Not sure I am ready to plunk down $50+ for this. So, has anyone bought the real version and tried it out?
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Old 11-20-2014, 11:04 PM   #3
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Sweet, I am trying to get it to work with my elm327 1.5 usb cable connected to my samsung galaxy s4 but no luck..

It wont communicate with the app. :/


when you connect your k-line interface to your smartphone does it automatically asks to connect to the bmwhat app or what procedure do you take in order to get it too communicate with the interface?

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Old 11-20-2014, 11:41 PM   #4
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...when you connect your k-line interface to your smartphone does it automatically asks to connect to the bmwhat app or what procedure do you take in order to get it too communicate with the interface?
It probably would have, but I already had Torque installed. So after I connected the cable to the smartphone and plugged it into the OBD2 port on my car, when I turned on the ignition to position 2 the Torque app automatically popped up. So I closed that and manually opened the BMWhatLite app.
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