I've seen various reports that MyLink will be standard in the 2013 MY. If so, I'm going to guess that the 2012 MyLink package is just going to become the standard non-navigation system in 2013. Otherwise, the NRE cost of the 2012 system wouldn't make much sense...I don't know how many 2012's received MyLink, but since it only seemed to come with custom orders and was only available in the last 2 months or so of production, it feels like it can't be more than 100. The only other forum member that I've seen mention having it is drbruns.
I'm also selfishly hoping the carryover to MY2013 is true so drbruns and myself get access to some upgrades! Tens of thousands of owners is much more compelling to develop upgrades for than just the two of us.
So with the caveat that this information may not carry over, I'm hoping this little bit of info helps out future MY2013 buyers.
The key takeaway is that I've had great success with Android 4.04 (Nexus S 4G).
- Enhanced phone interface (downloads entire phone contact list, voice name dialing)
- Enhanced voice control (source selection, artist / album recognition, etc)
- Enhanced bluetooth (both handsfree phone and streaming audio)
- SmartPhone apps support (currently only Pandora and Stitcher, bluetooth on Android, USB on iphone)
- Theoretically SW upgradeable over USB (no announced upgrades, like Gogo nav, etc)
- No voice control / support of text messaging support
- SmartPhone Google (Samsung) Nexus S 4G with Android 4.04
- The handsfree phone interface has worked seamlessly
- Quickly pairs after powering the car up
- Told that I sound better in the car than using the phone
- Voice name recognition is "good". About 75% first try name hits, 95% on names I've called previously
- Paired easily and worked fine with an old Sanyo cell phone
- USB interface and voice recognition works pretty well
- Loaded up a flash stick with 6 GB of mp3's. Took a while to index (one time)
- Able to reliably choose artists / albums over voice control (a few exceptions)
- Not really MyLink, but the stereo only supports CDs (no DVDs, but does support mp3's, etc)
- The streaming bluetooth link has also been very reliable
- Stitcher has always responded to the integrated touchscreen interface
- Once, Stitcher locked up on my phone when exiting the car and had to force close, but I can't blame the car for that
- Also works very well using other smartphone apps (music player, etc)
- Pause, skip, skip backwards all work over the bluetooth link
Overall, the voice control works reasonably well once I learned the optimal speaking cadence and command sequence. It will definitely get tripped up if you say things "out of order"
My own "perfect solution" for my commute is the following:
- Android 4.04
- BeyondPod from the Play store (was $2 when I bought it)
- You can set up a Smart playlist that goes out at 5:20 AM over your WiFi network and syncs up the latest versions of your podcasts (news, sports, comedy, etc)
- This is like Stitcher, but doesn't rely on a live 3G streaming link
- Modify the settings in the app to support bluetooth audio control
And now selecting Bluetooth Audio automatically fires up BeyondPod to start playing the Smart playlist. Pause and skip both work, and it automatically pauses for incoming phone calls, etc. Works perfectly.
I can now get in the car, start driving, push the talk button, say "My Media", "Bluetooth Audio" and it starts playing the latest podcasts without taking the phone out of my pocket. No cables and it just plain works. It's just one of those stupid silly things that gives me pleasure since it further simplifies my life.
For longer trips I'll mix in some USB tunes, but for commuters who like podcasts, this works great.