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OBD car app redesigned for Android

Our OBD car app for Android has been a great success this far. Over 600,000 installations and over 1,100 five star reviews prove this success. As the Android platform continues to improve itself, we keep improving the app as well. Just before Christmas we released new and improved OBD Auto Doctor car app.

App navigation

Digital dashboard

Digital dashboard / Status view with tab bar navigation

The previous app version used side navigation as the navigation pattern. This was the recommended way to provide navigation in Android for a long time. It had some problems, though. Some users didn’t learn how to use the navigation and didn’t understand it’s usage. For the new version we redesigned the app navigation. We replaced the old navigation with much simpler and intuitive tab bar navigation. It’s now also one of the official navigation paradigms for Android. It makes the navigation faster because all the main sections are visible at the bottom of the screen.

It wasn’t always easy to find the menu option for resetting the check engine light. Different devices had different ways of opening the menus. Some devices had a physical button and some had an user interface element for opening the menu. Now, the reset button is always visible in the Trouble Codes view. You can’t miss it anymore.

Digital Dashboard

As one of the new features, we replaced the old analog dashboard with with a digital one. The digital dashboard or so called status view of the app is now the starting view. With this view you can track the sensors you want in real-time and with large and easy to read fonts. The speed and RPM are the only fixed sensors in the screen. You can customise all other sensors. Long press any “sensor box” to replace a sensor with any sensor that your car supports.

On-Board Diagnostic Monitors (OBD Mode $06)

OBD2 mode 06

On-Board diagnostic monitors

Another new feature that we added was the support for On-Board Diagnostic Monitors. These monitors are also know as the OBD mode 06. On-Board Diagnostic Monitors offer professional level diagnostic capabilities. These monitors can give detailed information about misfire counts, for example. They can also give reasons for readiness monitor failures or hints for emerging problems. Not all cars support this mode but luckily most cars do.

Read more about using OBD2 mode $06 for car diagnostics.

Localisations and more

OBD Auto Doctor has users all over the world. We’ve analysed the most popular countries and the need for app localisation. As a result, we translated the app user interface to French, German, Russian and Finnish.

The new design and improvements were loved among the first users:

Love it – Great UI and very responsive. Tons of information.”

What do you think? Download or update the car app from Google Play. Then
drop us an email or add comment below about how you find the new app. Thanks for your support!

OBD Auto Doctor app redesigned for iPhone

Our OBD app for iPhone has been a great success this far. We’ve got some improvement ideas from you guys about making it even better. We listened to your suggestions and made the app stand out even more.

Digital Dashboard

Digital Dashboard or status view with tab bar navigation.

App Navigation

The initial app used side navigation drawer as the navigation pattern. For the new version we redesigned the app navigation completely. We replaced the old side navigation with much simpler and intuitive tab bar navigation. Now all the most common sections are always visible at the bottom of the screen.

Our e-mail support was also contacted about how to reset the check engine light. The action to clear the MIL was behind a button that perhaps wasn’t the easiest to find. We improved the views so that the button to clear the MIL and trouble codes is now always visible.

Digital Dashboard

As one of the new features, we added digital dashboard or so called status view to the app. With this view you can track the sensors you want in real-time and with large and easy to read fonts. The speed and RPM are the only fixed sensors in the screen. You can customise all other sensors. Long press any “sensor box” to replace a sensor with any sensor that your car supports .

OBD Mode 06

On-Board Diagnostic Monitors

On-Board Diagnostic Monitors (OBD MODE 06)

Another new feature that we added was the support for On-Board Diagnostic Monitors. These monitors are also know as the OBD mode 06. On-Board Diagnostic Monitors offer professional level diagnostic capabilities. These monitors can give detailed information about misfire counts, for example. They can also give reasons for readiness monitor failures or hints for emerging problems. Unfortunately, not all cars support this mode. Especially older cars don’t have support for it. That’s because Mode 06 was added to the OBD2 standard about ten years ago.

Bluetooth Low Energy / Bluetooth Smart adapters

We are also happy to announce that the app supports now Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) OBD adapters. These adapters are also known as Bluetooth Smart or Bluetooth 4.0 adapters. We started with support for the best BLE adapter in the market, Kiwi 3. Bluetooth adapters are much more convenient than WiFi adapters. This is because you don’t need to hassle with the phone WiFi connection anymore. Support for Bluetooth 4.x adapters is a great addition to our app. We’ll be adding support for more BLE adapters once they enter the market.

Drop us a note to email or add comment below about how you find the new app. Thanks!

OBD WiFi adapter support in Android

The latest update of OBD Auto Doctor for Android added support for OBD WiFi adapters. So now the Android app supports both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi adapters. Although not as easy to setup as Bluetooth adapters, Wi-Fi adapters are good choice for those who consider switching from/to iPhone. The price of the OBD Wi-Fi adapters has considerable lowered in the last couple of years, which has brought the adapters to the awareness of new consumers.

Wi-Fi vs Bluetooth OBD adapters

Wifi adapter settings

One of the benefits of Wi-Fi adapter is that it allows very fast data rates. It means that your sensors will update faster in the app screen, for example. Another advantage is broad support on different platforms. The wifi adapters are supported in every platform so you can use them with OBD Auto Doctor iPhone and Windows Phone versions and with the desktop/laptop version as well.

One of the drawbacks compared to Bluetooth adapters is that Wi-Fi adapters are not as easy to setup. First, you need to connect to the network created by the adapter. Only after that you can use the app to connect to the adapter and car. The procedure might seem a bit tricky at first but it will get easier after you have done it a couple of times. To help and guide you through the first time, we made a short Quick start guide for WiFi adapters to get you started with the app and adapter.

Happy diagnosing!

OBD2 app for iPhone released

OBD Auto Doctor OBD2 app for iPhone is now available from the Apple app store!

iPhone screenshot

The app works now perfectly even with the new iOS 8 released just few weeks ago. The very first version of the app had some layout issues with iOS 8 but now all those issues are gone. The app works fine with iOS 7 too but older versions are not supported.

The iPhone version of the app requires separate ELM based OBD adapter using Wi-Fi connectivity. Due to technical limitations of the platform Bluetooth adapters can’t be supported. To get started with the app and adapter setup, please check the Quick Start Guide for iPhone. It will guide you through the first time usage.

The basic app is available for free so that you can evaluate it and make sure it works with your car and OBD-II adapter. The free app has some limitations though. You can unleash all the features and upgrade to the Pro version using in-app purchase. In-app purchasing is convenient way to unlock the Pro features without need to re-install separate app version.

Upgrading to the Pro

Getting the Pro version can be done inside the app using in-app purchase. It’s one time purchase that covers all future feature updates and additions to the app. The purchase is tied to your Apple account. You can get the Pro version back even if you upgrade your phone or uninstall the app by accident. Just install the free app from the app store and it will automatically detect that you already own the Pro version. The only thing you have to do is use the same Apple account in your phone.

Unfortunately Apple doesn’t provide us means to issue refunds of the purchase. Therefore, please try the free version first to make sure there are no compatibility issues with your adapter or car. The issues are very rare but if the free version doesn’t work, the Pro version won’t make the situation any better.

Try it now and Enjoy!

App store badge

Try it now and let us know how you like it!

iPhone OBD-II app coming soon to app store

OBD Auto Doctor is coming for iPhone soon! We are very excited about this announcement as we are expanding our OBD2 software to even bigger audience. iPhone will be great addition to our product family that already covers Android, Windows Phone, Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

We have been busy and working hard the whole summer to implement the best user experience for the app. We hope you like the app or send us feedback on the areas needing improvement. The app will require iOS 7.0 or newer to function. Earlier iOS version are not supported at the moment.

The app release will be announced separately but we are targeting September for the release. The app is basically ready by now but we still want to tweak the user interface and functionality to make it even better. If you want to be part of the early adopters and help us, please join our beta testing group by sending us email to support@obdautodoctor.com.

Here are couple of screenshots of the app. We are very excited about it, how about you?

iPhone navigation screen shot

iPhone graph screen shot

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Multiple control units supported in Android, Windows Phone

In the previous app update for Android (version 2.2) and Windows Phone (version 2.0) we added support for multiple control units. The most common and usually the only control unit is the Engine Control Module. However, newer cars are starting to have more than the ECU responding to OBD2 requests. Most cars with automatic transmission have Transmission Control Module (TCM) available for example. There can be also other controllers depending on the manufacturer and model.

Our desktop software has had the support for multiple control units for ages but with the last update we brought the support to the mobile versions too. As with all mobile version updates, this update is completely free for all of our existing customers using the app in these platforms.

Android

Multiple control units with Android

In Android, the selection of control unit was added as dropdown spinner in the action bar. The screenshot illustrates a vehicle with three control units available. The selection can be made by opening the spinner by tapping the title and then selecting the appropriate control unit. The selected control unit is visible in every view where it matters and where it can be changed. After changing the control unit, the view data is refreshed from the car and information is shown for the selected controller.

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Windows Phone

Multiple control units with WP8
In Windows Phone, the control unit selection was added to the navigation page. The controller can be changed using the list picker on top of the navigation page titled “browse”. To change the control unit, you need to come back to the browse page and do the change you wanted. The screenshot is from the same car as the Android screenshot. The car has three control units and the first one is selected. The acronym of the selected control unit is indicated on top of the view in the title.

Get this OBD2 application from Windows Phone Store!

Now it’s good time to update your app to the newest version. Remember that as with all the other features, your car needs to support multiple control units for them to show up in the app. If you have only one ECU listed, then your car has only one ECU responding to the OBD2 messages. Happy diagnosing!

Dashboard for WP8 app

An update for OBD Auto Doctor WP8 version was just published few hours ago. The update adds dashboard with some neat gauges to the app. On top of the screen there are speed and RPM meters. At the bottom there are four gauges displaying various information. The gauges may vary a little bit depending on what sensors your car supports. The update is ready for download from Windows Phone Store.

Dashboard on WP8

With the free version, only the speed, RPM and Engine Coolant Temperature are displayed. If you want access to all of the gauges, then upgrade to the Pro version.

In addition to the gauges and meters, the update fixes a disconnect issue with some adapters where the adapter closes the connection after certain idle period.

If you still haven’t tried the app, now it’s good time to try it out!

New Android app update available from Google Play

The completely redesigned and improved Android version of OBDAutoDoctor OBD-II app is now available for everyone! The user interface of the app is updated to support modern Android look. The design follows native Android navigation patterns and should be easy to use for every Android user.

We also improved the app under the hood. Performance was tuned and memory consumption decreased. In addition, few connection issues were resolved. Some of the fixed issues were related to specific phone models, and others to some clone adapters. All in all, we are very satisfied with the app now.

Below are two screenshots of the app. What do you think? Is the new design better than the old one?

Android summary view

Android graph view

Update your app or download it for the first time from Google Play:

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Great start for the Windows Phone app

The first version of our OBD-II app for Windows Phones was released about 11 weeks ago. We are very pleased that we chose to support Windows Phone 8 ecosystem since we’ve got over 10,000 downloads for the app this far. It’s great to see that there are so many car enthusiasts in the Windows Phone community too!

The app has got very nice welcome among the WP8 users. The feedback for the app has been positive and we highly appreciate it. Here are the top 10 reviews. Thanks for the wonderful feedback, this is what keeps us going!

OBDAutoDoctor Windows Phone reviews: Top 10

  • Wow. A real developer of real and usable apps! Great job. Get the upgrade.
  • Works well. I like that there have been updates with new features. I am using an 8x with BAFX PIC18F2480 Bluetooth device (got it from Amazon).
  • As of version 1.21 the problems with Lumia 920 are fixed. In case of problems just contact to the developers that are really great and respond quickly! Now it works with my Toyota GT86 by iHarbor mini adapter from Amazon on the Lumia 920! Super!
  • Top. Read errors and delete works (Audi, Seat, Honda, …) with a cheap ebay adapter. HTC 8x
  • Good app, prob best obd tool for windows phone
  • Very good and fast
  • Seems to work well with my Lumina 521 and ELM 327. I upgraded to Pro. Looks like the best OBD tool I’ve seen for WP 8.
  • ASE mechanic here…this is a very good price. You’ll save the money in repairs. Knowledge is power.
  • Works perfectly with my 1020 & cheapo BT OBDII adapter on my A4.
  • Excellent app. I bought an OBD2 so I could right this app but there’s no reason to compete. This app is that good.

We will continue to work with the app to bring you improvements and new features. You can leave your feedback or improvement ideas to the comments. We would love to hear from you!

If you still haven’t tried the app, you can get it from Windows Phone Store.

OBD-II diagnostic app for WP8 updated

The OBD-II diagnostic app for Windows Phone 8 has been updated once again. This update contains some neat improvements and additions that you have been requesting. The update is ready for download from Windows Phone Store.

What’s new in version 1.2 of the OBD-II diagnostic app?

  • One of the new features is the possibility to send the diagnostic information via e-mail. This helps you a lot since you don’t have to copy the DTCs by hand anymore. No messages are sent automatically, the message field is just pre-filled with diagnostic info and you get to select the recipients and press the send button. You can share the info with your mechanics or friends easily. Below is sample email produced and sent by the app.

    Confirmed Trouble Codes
    P0100: Mass or Volume Air Flow “A” Circuit (Powertrain, Generic)
    P0200: Injector Circuit/Open (Powertrain, Generic)
    P0300: Random/Multiple Cylinder Misfire Detected (Powertrain, Generic)
    U0100: Lost Communication With ECM/PCM “A” (Network, Generic)
    B0200: ISO/SAE Reserved (Body, Generic)
    C0300: ISO/SAE Reserved (Chassis, Generic)

    Pending Trouble Codes
    P0107: Manifold Absolute Pressure/Barometric Pressure Circuit Low (Powertrain, Generic)
    P0207: Injector Circuit/Open – Cylinder 7 (Powertrain, Generic)
    P0307: Cylinder 7 Misfire Detected (Powertrain, Generic)

    Freeze Frame
    P0100: Mass or Volume Air Flow “A” Circuit (Powertrain, Generic)
    Engine Coolant Temperature: 40 °C
    Engine RPM: 1234 RPM
    Vehicle Speed Sensor: 67 km/h

    Diagnostic information provided by OBDAutoDoctor

  • Another neat feature is the added support for WiFi adapters. If you have one of those Wi-Fi scantool adapters, you can use OBDAutoDoctor with it now.
  • The third important addition is the troubleshoot module. The troubleshoot module helps you to resolve connectivity issues. It is also possible to send the logs to us for further analysis. If you have any connection issues, you should try this!


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