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
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.
OBD Auto Doctor OBD2 app for iPhone is now available from the Apple app store!
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.
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 email@example.com.
Here are couple of screenshots of the app. We are very excited about it, how about you?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!