Today is a great day because I have the pleasure to introduce you the OBD Auto Doctor 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!
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 OBD Auto Doctor 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. OBD Auto Doctor 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 OBD Auto Doctor, 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.
OBD Auto Doctor 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!
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.
It’s finally here! A software update for Symbian devices is here to be downloaded.
First of all, we are extremely sorry for the long delay with the update. Nokia had some massive issues with the approval process and therefore the update was delayed due to reasons that had nothing to do with us. Nokia had given our applications unique identifiers (UIDs) that they had given to some else too. As the name suggests, the UIDs should be unique but in this case they were not. For this reason you need to completely re-install the application.
First, uninstall the current version from you phone.
Secondly, open the store client and install OBD Auto Doctor again.
If you don’t uninstall the old version, you will have two instances on your phone. Due to the UID issue, a regular update won’t work. The same procedure works for both the Lite and the Pro version. You can safely uninstall the paid Pro version and install it again from the Nokia Store. You don’t need to pay for it again. Also if you have previously tried to install OBD Auto Doctor and the installation has failed so any reason, please try again with this updated version. The UID issue is the most likely reason for this installation failure. We are terribly sorry about the manual re-installation process that you need to do. If you have any difficulties with the re-installation, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
This update includes the same improvements as the version for N9. In addition it also contains some important user interface fixes for Nokia Belle users.