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)
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 OBD Auto Doctor
Another neat feature is the added support for WiFi adapters. If you have one of those Wi-Fi scantool adapters, you can use OBD Auto Doctor 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!
The first version of our OBD-II app for Windows Phones was released about a month ago. Today, I’m happy to provide you more. The first update for the app, version 1.1, is available from the Windows Phone Store now. The update contains some nice additions such as fuel economy and other smaller improvements.
The best part of the update is fuel economy for gas and diesel cars. Most cars don’t report the consumption via OBD as standard parameter. Therefore, the consumption must be calculated from other sensor values. For cars using gas, we base our calculations on MAF air flow rate or intake manifold absolute pressure and intake air temperature. For diesel engines, the fuel economy calculation is based on calculated engine load and MAF air flow rate.
The app contains some new settings related to the fuel economy. First of all, the app detects the used fuel type automatically. However, if the consumption value seems to be totally off, you might want to set it manually. The other parameters you might want to check are:
fuel correction factor: 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%. You need to change this only if you know better value than the default.
engine displacement: This is the volume of the engine in liters. Change this to reflect your car!
Another thing we improved in the app is personalization. Now you can select the avatar image from the gallery too. This is in addition to taking new photo with the camera.
This feature was actually one of the user requests we got from the first version. Please keep sending your improvement ideas and feedback to us. We’ll work hard to make this app the best OBD app for Windows Phones.
Download the update and start saving fuel, money and nature!
OBD Auto Doctor OBD2 app for Windows Phone is now available from the Microsoft app store!
The app is available for free so that you can make sure it works with your adapter and car. You can read Trouble Codes (confirmed and pending), Freeze Frame and reset MIL with the app. You can also check readiness monitors and monitor various sensor values. And more features will be implemented in future.
The free app contains some limitations, however, that you can unlock by upgrading to the Pro version using in-app purchase. In-app purchase is convenient way to buy the app without need to re-install separate version.
Few words about the sensors. First of all, your car needs to support specific sensor in order it to show up in the selection view. If you car doesn’t support a sensor, it will not be shown in the view. The selected sensors will be read one after another. The update speed of the sensors depends much on the used adapter. The better adapter you have, the faster the values are updated. This also means that the more sensors you have selected, the more time it will take to get specific sensor updated. The sensors are updated at maximum speed in the same order they are visible to you.
Tapping a sensor name in the view will open graphical presentations of the data. See the screenshots above. Please note that the graph view will be opened only for sensors that have numeric value. If the sensor contains non-numeric value, tapping the name won’t do anything.
Upgrade to the Pro
The upgrade to the Pro version can be done inside the app using in-app purchase. The future updates of the app will be free for all existing customers who have upgraded the the Pro version. The purchase is tied to your Windows Phone account. If you change your phone or uninstall the app by accident, you can always get the Pro version back automatically just by installing the free app from the app store. The only thing you have to do is use the same WP account in your phone.
Unfortunately Microsoft doesn’t provide us any means to issue refunds of the purchases so please test the app with you car before upgrading just to make sure there is no compatibility issues.
Try it now!
The app is available for all Windows Phone 8 devices. Enjoy!
It’s my pleasure to announce that we are about to conquer yet another mobile platform with our OBD app: Windows Phone. We’ve got multiple requests to support Windows Phone ecosystem and the wishes will become reality soon. We have worked hard to come up with the best OBD software for Windows Phone devices. Due to technical limitations the older WP 7.x devices won’t be supported but all WP 8.x devices will.
We are targeting the end of August for the release. The app is quite ready with just some tuning and optimization to be done. The initial version will cover Diagnostic Trouble Codes, Readiness Monitors, Sensors and other information. More features and functionality will be added in upcoming versions.
Check out the screen shots of the coming app. What do you think of them?
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New version of our car diagnostic software for Windows and Linux is available for download. We recommend that you update your existing installation to this one. The new version contains several improvements and new features compared to the previous version. The following list contains the most important additions.