BMW announces Android app integration

BMW was among the first auto manufacturers to introduce integration with iPhones in 2011. Now, five years later, the company has at last announced at the New York International Auto Show that BMW Apps will integrate with Android devices. The first three apps to work with the iDrive system in the 2016 BMW 7 Series are all about the music: iHeartRadio, Pandora and Spotify.

So far, it’s just those apps and that one BMW model, but this opens the possibility of more BMWs and Minis having more Android apps in the future. Users need to download the BMW Connected app to stream music from their phones through iDrive via Bluetooth. The features that each service’s devotees love remain intact in iDrive: you can still give a thumb up or down to a song in Pandora; paid and free Spotify accounts can access playlists and browse; and your saved Favorites in iHeartRadio are there along with live radio stations across the country.