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    Default Problems with the S4 and your car bluetooth?

    I've read the S4 uses a new bluetooth format and it doesn't work with some cars. Apparently its not backwards compatible. Are you having any issues with this? I'm hesitant to get the phone if I can't use it in my car. I own a Genesis sedan but I've heard this issue occurs with other vehicles as well. Any comments would be appreciated.
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    Default Re: Problems with the S4 and your car bluetooth?

    What year Genesis and do you have the tech package?
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    2012 Genesis Sedan with the Tech package.
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    For that year it's going to depend on the radios firmware. If it doesn't work try to get the GPS update that was issued. If that doesn't help then there is nothing that you can do other than get a HTC One (which has no issues with the Genny) or get a 2013 Genny (which has newer firmware).
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    I can't speak to the Genesis but mine works no problem in several cars. I have tried it in a 2011 Equinox which has the last generation firmware, it also works in my 2013 Camaro and 2013 Equinox.

    I have also been able to pair it with other devices with no problem. It stays connected to anything I have paired it with. This is better than my experience with the GS3.


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    Doesn't work in the ford forcus 13, I bought the phone. Bluetooth will work but you have to sync and select contacts everytime. Car software will not download phone book. It is a known issue with Galaxy S4.
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    I have a 2006 Lexus RX400h and sometimes my Galaxy S4 works (connects, communicates) with the bluetooth and other times it doesn't. Sometimes it will connect and disconnect. The firmware on the car is not updatable according to the dealer. Any ideas?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ladyesmiles View Post
    Doesn't work in the ford forcus 13, I bought the phone. Bluetooth will work but you have to sync and select contacts everytime. Car software will not download phone book. It is a known issue with Galaxy S4.
    My S4 was doing this with my 2012 Honda Civic until I check the "don't show this again" box and said ok. The Honda now displays my contact list and BT doesn't disconnect constantly.
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    works without issues with 2013 Passat SE with navigation. Phone book syncs ( I had to manually initiate transfer). Also syncs my dialed, missed and received lists. Haven't tried streaming music yet. Also worked with with iphone 5 and HTC one
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    It works so-so in my 2011 Toyota Tundra. Phone and audio/music work fairly well but not as bulletproof as my previous iPhone4 did. My biggest issue is having to switch over to the BT Audio source to use S-Voice. The iPhone hands free only required I hold down the home button to initiate any voice commands via BT no matter what audio source was selected and playing on the OEM radio, or even if the radio was off it would turn on to initiate the BT voice or to answer an incoming call. None of this works with the S4 unless the radio is on.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ladyesmiles View Post
    Doesn't work in the ford forcus 13, I bought the phone. Bluetooth will work but you have to sync and select contacts everytime. Car software will not download phone book. It is a known issue with Galaxy S4.
    Hmm, as far as i know it works in my '13 f150. Atleast it said it downloaded my contacts, havent received a call thru it yet to verify
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    2013 Cadillac ATS here and bluetooth works pretty well. 90% of the time it's flawless...other 10% I have some issues that might require disconnect/reconnect.

    My car has built in Pandora support and a touchscreen where I can control what's playing: thumbs up/down, next, play/pause, album art / song info.

    Also non-Pandora seems to work pretty well as I am just now switching to Google Play Music All Access...can control it well with the touchscreen also: next, previous, play/pause, song info.

    Both can auto play when I enter the car - no need to do anything.

    Also no problems making/receive calls using the touch screen or steering-wheel controls. I don't really use voice command at all though...not my thing.
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    do not buy these phones have big issue about connecting with car and Samsung people don't help you in this regard
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    Quote Originally Posted by Qaiser Mahboob View Post
    do not buy these phones have big issue about connecting with car and Samsung people don't help you in this regard
    Hopefully it won't be long before Samsung and AT&T give us the 4.3 update that contains the upgraded Bluetooth...and that helps some people.

    Personally, as I said, mine works quite well. Remember it could actually be your car as well! Don't blame everything on the phone!
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    I have a '09 Genesis with a tech package and my S4 drops the phone connection constantly. My S3 didn't have any issues but the S4 will randomly disconnect the bluetooth mid-call, then reconnect 10 or so seconds later. It's really frustrating. Seems to be a common issue with this version of the Android software.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ladyesmiles View Post
    Doesn't work in the ford forcus 13, I bought the phone. Bluetooth will work but you have to sync and select contacts everytime. Car software will not download phone book. It is a known issue with Galaxy S4.
    I have a '13 Focus Titanium, I don't have to sync contacts every time, I just get in and go, the car and phone automatically connect. All contacts work, I can turn on bluetooth audio for music, make calls, etc. with no problem.
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    My 2013 Cadillac XTS paired and worked fine in all respects before the 7/9/13 update. After update it would pair but not work properly. It was always in a phantom call ticking off seconds even though the phone was not in an active call, it also disconnected the radio, weird. Replaced phone under warranty which had original firmware and it now works fine again. I get a nag everyday to install update, not going to happen until 4.3 comes out. Just my 2 cents. BTW phone is AT&T GS4 32GB.
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    I spoke directly with Samsung Technical about the S4 blue tooth not working correctly with my cars blue tooth. . The problem that I am getting is "calls are randomly ended". Samsung does not have plans to fix this problem and states that I should contact my car company for a fix. It appears that S4 blue tooth is not backward compatible with older blue tooth versions. There is no way to tell if a car maker will ever make the fix and if they do, how much they will charge their customers for making it. I really liked this S4 but since it will not work in my car and since Samsung will not fix the problem for me... I have no choice but to return it while I am under my trail period.
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    Default Re: Problems with the S4 and your car bluetooth?

    No problems with my S4 and the Motorola Roadster.
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    No problems with a Jetta Sportwagen 2012. Syncs right up and all functions work as advertised, including media playing.
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    I read that GM has a free update available for their bluetooth. It come via OnStar. You need to hit the Onstar button and ask the operator for a 30 day free trial because you want the free BT update. That should solve your problem. Good Luck
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    Well my Galaxy S4 paired and works perfectly with Genesis bluetooth.
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    I was having intermittent bluetooth connection problems in my 2011 Nissan Altima and changed settings on the S4 to turn off the visibility time out. Click on settings-bluetooth-click menu button--visibility time out and set to "never time out". Connections and switching between media and cell phone all work fine now.
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    I have an 2008 Acura TSX and am having difficulty with bluetooth phone call operations using the Galaxy S4.

    I just made the switch from the iPhone 4, and I use my cell phone as my media player to play music (via an aux cable) while I am on the road. I can play music with the S4 just fine, and can make/receive bluetooth calls while the phone is not plugged into my stereo unit just fine.

    The issue is while I have the phone's headphone jack plugged into the stereo, I can still activate bluetooth calling features, but all of the sound input is defaulted to the heatset cable, rather than over my car's bluetooth speaker system. The result is that I cannot hear the person on the line and they cannot hear me. The headset/bluetooth option button on the active call menu screen is greyed out while the headset cable is plugged in. It is a significant irritant (and a considerable distraction while driving) to unplug my headset cable from my phone everytime I receive a phone call so that the bluetooth integration will work the way that I need it to.

    With the iPhone, it simply bypassed the headset jack output and defaulted straight to my car's bluetooth speaker system. How can I get the S4 to do the same?

    Thanks in advance,

    Don
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    I have a Cadillac CTS 2009 and the Samsung S4 bluetooth does not work at all with it. This sucks. If I had known I wouldnt have gotten it. I am really Pissed.
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