BMW has announced that it is adding Samsung S Voice support to the iDrive console on its 2014 model cars, along with a range of other enhancements. The car-maker is also adding support for Apple’s equivalent iPhone service, Siri.
With BMW offering its own voice-control functions, things could get confusing, so you can choose whether you want to talk to the car or your phone by either a single-press or press-and-hold of the steering-wheel button …
With the latest update to BMW iDrive, both Apple Siri and Samsung S Voice can be accessed through the vehicle’s voice command controls. With a paired device, pressing and holding the steering wheel voice command button will engage the device’s voice access. Pressing the steering wheel voice button without holding it will continue to access the vehicle’s voice command functions.
BMW is also promising to add support for Android apps this year, alongside the iOS app support already included.
As with most car makers, the 2014 model range actually starts shipping late this year. We would include the full press release for chapter-and-verse, but it’s slightly longer than War & Peace, and about as easy to digest. You can read it here.