Android App Update: Sign up for the Beta!

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Great news! We’re just a few weeks away from releasing the beta version of our Automatic Android app and that means it’s time to sign up to be in our Beta Program!

What does joining the Android Beta Program mean?

  • For those who pre-ordered from us, you’ll get your Link first, before any other Android pre-orders, and you’ll help us test the Android app to get it ready for general release.
  • You’ll get access to the latest software, firmware and features as they’re developed
  • You’ll be able to give us feedback here in our Customer Community
  • You can opt in / opt out at any time
How do you join?

  1. If you haven’t already done so, pre-order Automatic. We don’t charge until we ship.
  2. If you've already purchased a Link from Apple or Amazon, great!
  3. Join the Android Beta Tester Google Group, by clicking Join Group on that page.
If you pre-ordered from us, please be sure to use the same email address with your beta sign-up so we can match your sign-up to your pre-order and be sure to ship to you.
If you have any questions about this, please email support@automatic.com.

We hope to release the beta version of the Android app to existing and new pre-order customers later this month. When we’re ready to start rolling out the Beta program, you’ll get an email with additional instructions. Meanwhile, you can find more information in the Android Beta Tester Google Group about car compatibility and Android phone support.

Not interested in the Beta Program? Hang tight, we’ll be shipping the Link to you when our 1.0 app launches, hopefully some time around Christmas. You can pre-order anytime.

To whet your appetite, here are some screenshots of the app in progress. Sign up to be a Beta Tester now!




Thanks for your support of Automatic. Drive on!

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Posted 5 years ago

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All right! Let's get this show on the road!
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Topher Mori

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I have my Automatic in hand and am ready to test!! Just need the app.
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Tim Knight

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New Samsung Note 3 & Automatic plugged into my car ready for testing. Thanks!
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Amy

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Thanks for the excitement, all! We're excited too. Just hang tight. We're working hard to have it ready for beta testing soon.
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Will this work with the S3?
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Amy

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Galaxy S3? Yes.
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Tejas Amin

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I am kinda getting tired of Android Users are being treated as 2nd hand users... We have strength in number, and its about time we treated with respect. At this point, I am so annoyed that I would not purchase any product that has IOS App but not Android.
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I'd be willing to bet that Apple provides incentives to develop IOS first.
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Because of the costs of developing on both platforms, most early-stage startups with limited funds have to make a choice between either two developers up-front to do both platforms in native code, or to do them in sequence as more capital is raised. We opted for the latter since we already had iOS devs on the team in the beginning and had limited resources. A third option would be to try to do them in parallel as non-native or hybrid apps, but this is a Bad Idea which typically means poor quality and slow app performance. It was important to us that both apps be developed natively and done right.

We now actually have more on-site Android developers than we do iOS devs and the Android app will be coming soon -- just a few months after the iPhone app.
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I just joined the beta group, and have both a Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 I can test with. The 7 is of particular interest to me, since I'm planning on building it up as an in-car computer in one of my project cars. :)
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Cool! We'll be glad to have you in the beta!
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htc one support?
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Amy

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Most likely but we haven't confirmed yet. However, if you order from us directly and we end up not being able to support your phone, you can definitely return it.
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By the looks of the screenshots, I'd say... yeah, the HTC One is supported.
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I have a new Galaxy S4 (and an Infiniti Q50) to test with. I'm especially eager to use the Automatic to keep track of drive times and parked durations. (I'd previously used "Find My Car Smarter Pro" but it is iOS only.) All of the extra Automatic functionality would be welcome gravy. So I signed up for the Android beta, and wait anxiously. Bring on the Android beta!
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Awesome. Thank you!! We're getting close!!
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We just wanted to give you a quick update to let you know that our Android devs are still hard at work on the app. We've got an updated sneak preview for you below. At this point they're telling me that we'll have a basic app with trip details and Drive Score ready for beta testing by Christmas with other features following close on it's heels in early 2014. We'll have another email going out in the next week or so with an update on shipping for those of you who pre-ordered your Links from our web site.

We thank you so much for your continued support and patience!

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Hi Amy,

Is there an update on the preorders? I preordered in September (#33328), received the email about the beta group and saw that my car is not actually supported.

On the beta Google group says "If your car is listed as unsupported and you already have a pre-order with us, we’ll be contacting you soon about your options." What does Automatic's timeline look like on an update to this potential deal breaker?

Thanks,
Joe
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Hi Joe - You'll be fine. There was a firmware issue for a handful of cars (2003-2008 VWs among them) that we've resolved with updated firmware. We're having to be sure that owners of those cars get the right Link with that firmware version pre-installed which is why we haven't marked them as "supported" on our site yet. But we'll be able to ship your Link w/ the correct firmware before we release the beta app.
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Hi Amy,

I already have an automatic that I bought but I switched phones from iPhone to Galaxy S4. I'm not on the pre-order list because I already have an automatic but want to make sure I can get the beta as soon as it's out. Thanks!
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Will this allow me to have 2 phones in the car under the same account, one iOS and the other android at the same time?
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Yes. Though likely only one will go into trip-capture mode as you're driving. But if you're sharing the same user account between the two phones, all the data will eventually show up on the other phone. It'll be interesting to get a side-by-side comparison of the two apps with the same account.
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Have a Nexus 5 ready for testing
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Amy

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Ok, cool. We're seeing some bluetooth connectivity issues with that phone right now but our developers say they're pretty confident they can resolve them in time for the beta.
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About to log 2500 miles in a couple of weeks - would love to collect this data for the beta testing. Galaxy S4 & Dodge Caravan
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Amy, VP Customer Care & Community

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What date are you heading out? Do you have your Link yet or are you waiting on a pre-order shipment from us?
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I have a Galaxy Note 2, And bought my Automatic Last friday.. I tried to get it running on my iPad 3rd Gen and no joy.

I'd love to help beta test.
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Great! The Galaxy Note II is looking good in our internal testing.

Yeah, Automatic doesn't support iPads at this point. Some folks have had luck with them in the past, but that may have changed with recent updates.
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When can i expect my device to be shipped? dont remember when i pre-ordered but i know it was around august
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If you're signed up for the Android Beta, pre-ordered Links will be shipping out very soon. An email about this will most likely be going out later today.
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That's exciting! :)
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I just hope we Android user find less bugs in the Automatic App than the Apple device users. :P
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I already have my Link and switched from apple to HTC One so i've been sitting on a link for 2-3 months now.... Can't wait to start using my investment... :) Signed up for beta.
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The screen shots look like an HTC One, but on the "compatibility" screen it lists HTC Thunderbolt. Will HTC One be supported?
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So apparently we're having a lot of connection issues with the HTC One in our internal testing. We're working on it and hoping that it will be supported but aren't listing it as supported on our site yet.
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Hey Chris. So we've made some progress on this. We're running more tests but it's looking good!
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Any word on Nexus 5 compatibility yet? I'm waiting to order.
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Internal testing is happening on that model right now, actually. Will let you know how it goes.
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Hi John - Just to update you on this. Looks like testing has shown that there may be some Bluetooth discovery issues with the Nexus 5 which may make setup hairy. Sounds like it may take several tries to get through setup but then should work fine after that.
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So... is the Link for the Android identical to the iPhone version?
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There's a topic about that over here. In short, at initial beta launch it will be a subset of features but will catch up quickly.

Going forward I can't really say whether or not they will always be "identical". There may be some features that are different on iOS than on the Android platform and vice versa just by the nature of the different environments and what's possible with each.
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I should have worded my question better. Is the hardware identical between Android and iPhone?
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I'm so sorry. You were actually very clear and I completely missed that. Yes, exact same hardware. :)
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Got my link today! Ready for the app! Nexus 5 users here.
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Cool! We're testing on Nexus 5 right now.
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Hi Jacob - As I just told John above, it looks like testing has shown that there may be some Bluetooth discovery issues with the Nexus 5 which may make setup hairy. Sounds like it may take several tries to get through setup but then should work fine after that.
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Just got my link too; Galaxy Note 3. :)
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Yay!
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another Galaxy Note 3 tester ready for action reporting in!
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Awesome!
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Amy, if we have a Link that we were previously using with an iPhone, is there anything special we need to do to use it with an Android?
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Great question, Sam. You'll need to run through setup with the Android app like you did with the iOS app. But that's it!

One thing to keep in mind, though, is if you have both phones with you when you drive, be sure to log out of the app or turn off Bluetooth on the phone that you don't want to capture the trip on. Eventually we'll have a more elegant solution for that scenario.
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Thanks Amy - that's great. Do I need to do anything else (aside from being here) to be sure I get access to the beta?
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Did you sign up on the Google Group? (see the link in the main post at the top of this page). That's the only other thing you'd need to do.
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I already own an Automatic, in hopes of future Android compatibility. Is it possible to get in on this beta without preordering another Automatic?
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Yes! Just go sign up on the Google Group! https://groups.google.com/forum/#!for...

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