We are proud to present you OBD Trouble Codes app – Offline DTC Database in Your Pocket for Windows Phone 8 devices! The app contains over 14,000 OBD-II Diagnostic Trouble Codes including generic body, chassis, powertrain and network trouble codes. In addition manufacturer specific trouble codes are included too although those are available after in-app upgrade.
In the process of learning the new Windows Phone 8 platform, we decided to get familiar with the ecosystem using new approach. We decided to experiment a little with the platform first. This experiment turned out to be this small yet powerful trouble code search app. As you may have figured out, yes, we are planning to introduce OBDAutoDoctor for Windows Phone 8 in the near future.
If you have Windows Phone 8, please download the app and give us feedback. Based on the feedback and download volumes, we will prioritize the work on our complete diagnostic software OBDAutoDoctor for the platform.
The app can be found from http://www.obdtroublecodes.com/. If you have a Windows Phone 8 device, you can download it straight to your phone from
Happy Easter time for all of you.
It’s been a while since the last update of our Symbian and MeeGo OBD-II software versions. Yet we haven’t forgotten you. Quite the opposite, last week we rolled out a new version for these platforms including fuel economy sensor. The version for Nokia N9 was approved last week already. Today we got informed by Nokia that the Symbian update was approved and is ready for download from the Nokia Store. Some of you may have tried the new versions already. We have got some feedback and thanks for keeping it in par with the Android version.
What’s new in 1.6?
The most interesting feature here is the fuel economy. Fuel economy is not reported by majority of cars. Instead, it has to be calculated using other sensor values. For cars using gasoline, we use air flow rate from mass air flow sensor or intake manifold absolute pressure and intake air temperature plus other needed sensor values. For diesel engines, the fuel economy calculation is based on calculated engine load and air flow rate from mass flow sensor.
There are few new settings related to the fuel consumption calculation that you might want to check:
- Fuel correction factor: general factor that is used to multiply the calculated economy. Change this only if you think the calculated economy should be fine tuned.
- Volumetric efficiency: For modern cars the VE is about 85%, for older cars it might be little lower such as 75% or 80%. Change this only if you know what you are doing.
- Engine displacement: This is the volume of the engine in liters. Change this to reflect your car!
If you have any questions or something to say, please leave a comment or contact us using email.
Grab the update from Nokia Store or if you haven’t tried the software yet, get is now!
- OBDAutoDoctor Pro for Symbian
- OBDAutoDoctor Pro for N9
- OBDAutoDoctor Lite for both
The Android version of our popular OBD2 software got a new version released few days ago. In this blog post I want to demonstrate one of the most important new feature of the released 1.1 version: Sensor Graph.
With the Sensor Graph you can see the OBD2 sensor values presented visually as a graph. The benefit of a graph is that it helps you to see trends in sensor value changes. It is also easier (for the co-driver) to monitor the values while driving. Moreover, the fullscreen sensor view uses black background color to save the battery life as much as possible. It’s good to use it if you wan’t to monitor some gauge for a long period of time.
The screenshots below illustrate the graphs. They demonstrate the different views in OBDAutoDoctor that let you monitor OBD2 sensor values. The screenshots are taken with the Nexus 7 tablet. The graphs really look good on large screen but they are usable smaller screens too.
If you haven’t tried the app yet, please do yourself a favor and try it now!
The red circles in the images demonstrate the places to be touched. Touching the Fuel consumption item in the list view opens up the Sensor Graph view. The Fullscreen Sensor Graph view is opened by touching anywhere in the graph within the Sensor Graph view.
Well, that’s a question we hear once in a while. As you may have noticed, there is no separate Pro version of the app in Google Play. Your observation is correct. The reason for that is because the upgrade is done using Google Play In-App Billing mechanism.
Okey, so how does the process go in practice? Let me show you how to upgrade the app with some illustration.
The steps are very easy. Let’s go thru them:
- Launch the app. Once in the main view, click the menu button to open the menu.
- Select the ‘Upgrade to Pro version‘.
- After Google wallet is opened, check all the details (Google Account in use, the credit card or payment options and Google Play Terms of Service). To make the purchase, click ‘Accept & buy‘.
As with all Google Play purchases, this purchase is also bind to your Google Account. You can install the app to all of your devices with a single purchase. Just download the free app from Google Play, launch it and the app should automatically upgrade to the Pro version. It is that simple.
OBDAutoDoctor has reached the 10,000 downloads milestone for the Android version in six weeks after launching the app on the Google Play. It’s great to see that there are some many enthusiasts that are interested in getting to know their cars better. It seems that most of our fans are early adopters since over 40% of the downloads are done with new phones and tablets running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or newer. You guys are the trendsetters of this industry!
You can expect to get several updates for the app as we are constantly working on some neat features. Currently, we are working on the Sensor Graph and you can expect to get the upgrade at the end of next week.
Thanks for everyone who has tried our app. You can leave your comments, feedback or improvement ideas to the comments or to our email. We would love to hear from you. Cheers!
If you still haven’t tried the app, you can get it from Google Play.
OBDAutoDoctor mobile version is now available for Android!
The app can be downloaded for free to make sure the software works with your scantool interface and car. If you like the app and want all the features unlocked, then you can upgrade the app to the Pro version using in-app purchase. It’s a convenient way offered by Google Play to buy the app without need to install any new apps.
The app will gain more features in upcoming updates. The updates will be free for all existing customers who have upgrade the app using in-app billing. First, we plan to get the app features in par with Symbian version. It means that we’ll add sensor graph to visually present gauge readings. We’ll also add dragstrip timing in near feature. Moreover, we have started to work on totally new features and those will be published later in the fall. Subscribe to this blog to follow the progress and participate in it!
Try out the app now for free:
If you have any issues, don’t hesitate to contact us for help. If you need help or want response to your message, visit our website or send us email.
Feel free to post any improvement ideas and feedback to the comments!
Today is a great day because I have the pleasure to introduce you the OBDAutoDoctor Android application. We have been very busy the last couple of months working on this OBD app for the Android platform. Now we have achieved the milestone and there is only some fine tuning to do.
I’m sure most of you are waiting for this app for Android since more than half of you voted for Android in our previous post asking which mobile operating system you preferred. I guess we picked up a good choice then.
The app is not ready for release yet but the day is coming closer and closer. We are planning to release the first version of the app to Google Play during August. The first version has already a lot of good features implemented but we will add even more of them to the app after the initial launch.
It’s real! Check out the screen shots. The one on the left is the very first Samsung Galaxy running Android 2.2 (Froyo). The shot on the right is from the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus running Android 4.0 (ICS).
We have got huge amount of requests to expand our mobile OBD software to new platforms. Finally I can assure you that the software will be available for one of these new platforms in few months. Actually the work has already started and it is in good progress. However, we would still like to hear your opinion and, who knows, maybe we’ll port it to multiple platforms.
We will publish the new supported platform in July (hopefully it’s not a burning one ).
As you may know, currently the software works on Symbian and Nokia N9 already. Get yours now!
- OBDAutoDoctor Pro for Symbian^3/Anna/Belle
- OBDAutoDoctor Pro for N9
- OBDAutoDoctor Lite for both
Purchasing a used car can be a tedious process. The chances that you make a good deal might not be so good. However, if you succeed in it, you can save a lot of money and trouble. Read more about how OBDAutoDoctor assists you to achieve this goal.
But how can you make such good a deal, how can you be sure that the car has real mileage and was properly maintained, for example? Even more, some of the problems can be hidden, such as engine and transmission problems. These hidden problems might not have come out during the test drive. The key to closing the deal successfully is to eliminate these potential problems beforehand.
Reveal the Hidden Problems
First of all, one of the most beneficial means to making a good deal on buying a used car is to reveal the hidden problems immediately. OBDAutoDoctor is the tool for accomplishing this task. With our software, you can verify that the Check Engine Light (Malfunction Indicator Lamp, MIL) is really turned off, thus revealing a broken light bulb, for example. You can also check that the Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs) were not incorrectly previously turned off without fixing the real problems that caused the issues. The OBD2 software also reports the pending DTCs with a click of a button. A pending DTC is a diagnostic trouble code that is stored permanently only if the fault occurs a certain number of times. A pending DTC indicates a future issue and you should take them seriously when buying a used car. The pending trouble code will remain pending until the fault condition occurs the required number of times. In this case, the DTC will be then stored permanently. A permanent diagnostic problem will light up the MIL and requires you to fix the issue as soon as possible. On the other hand, if the malfunction does not re-occur during a set period of time, the pending DTC will be automatically cleared.
Some interesting OBD parameters when examining a car:
- Distance traveled while MIL is activated
- Number of warm-ups since DTCs cleared
- Distance traveled since DTCs cleared
- Engine run time while MIL is activated
- Engine run time since DTCs cleared
Note that the actual list of available parameters is vehicle specific and not every car supports every parameter.
Check the VIN
Secondly, you should absolutely check the car’s history records before proceeding any further. You can do this easily even on-line with Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). The VIN is a helpful identifier in this case, since a VIN is a unique for every car and it specifies the fingerprint of the vehicle. Typically, the VIN can be found by looking at the dashboard near windshield on the driver’s side of the vehicle (refer the car’s user manual for the specific location). You can also fetch the VIN with OBDAutoDoctor, and verify that the car engine has the same VIN as the physical tag. By comparing the physical VIN and the VIN reported by the OBD2 software, you can tell for sure that the car has the right engine in it.
OBDAutoDoctor has been updated once again to bring you new goodies. This is rather small update but it contains some important features that many of you have been requesting. The update is ready for download at Nokia Store: download OBDAutoDoctor now!
New in version 1.5:
- Support for Diamex DX70 Bluetooth adapter
- Improved support for clone scantool interfaces. This includes better support for high end clone adapters as well as improved support for cheap clone interfaces.
- New OBD2 parameters (see full list of supported OBD parameters)
- Screen backlight settings
- Some visual improvements
The new version got already some nice feedback: “…fast, intuitive ui, and reliable, love it” by deviantdariot. Try out the software yourself and tell us what you think!