The Android app

Short tour on the current Android app.

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  1. You open the app and get the Tesla logo as a splash screen.
  2. You wait for the communication to begin; if you have, as I do, the car in sleep mode to preserve energy, it takes longer to connect to the car.
  3. The app tells you that keeping communication always on (setting done in the car) enables faster connection, but takes more energy; I prefer less energy consumption and waiting a bit.
  4. Home: tells you the global status of the car, Parked, Valet, Locked, the address where it is (in motion I don’t know what it shows, Hellas, not able to drive the car yet).
  5. Controls: you can Lock or Unlock the car, Honk the Horn, Flash the Lights; you can also Start the car and drive it without the fob, but for this to work you have to have GSM signal (for car and data for your mobile) or usable WiFi signal, it does not work on underground parkings with no hot spots or lack of GSM antennas/signal. Pretty cool but just in case you need universal location independent car access you better have your fob with you.
  6. Charge: tells you the current amount of kms you have in the batteries, if it is charging or not (charging status is displayed if it is, more on that later), and let’s you Open the charging Port; you can also Set the Charge Limit but here it is a bit imprecise; I learned quickly that it’s better to do this in the car since it applies rubber banding/sticky feedback; but for any afterthoughts in the Charge Limit, this let’s you do the job, nice and easy.
  7. Climate: sometimes it tells you the Interior Temperature, sometimes it doesn’t, may be it depends on the deep sleep status; it let’s you set the temperature and Turn On to set the the car warmer or colder before using it; it takes quite a nasty piece of energy if you need it with a temp very different to your current temp, it’s measurable when connected to charge and the charge limit has been attained, you set it on and what you see in your power meter is all directed to climate and, I say, its huge, never thought it would be so much (next time will show it).
  8. Location: shows you where the car is, with satelite photography or just the map; it should show also more info when in motion but that, as you might already know by now, that is something I can’t test right now.
  9. Left tab: let’s you access Valet mode, Notifications (and also select the car you want to follow or control, if you have more than one), and Calendar sync on/off.
  10. Notifications: it’s more than that, you can select the car to control/follow, it shows the VIN, set on/off the Alarm, does it warn you if the car is brake into? Most probably yes. And the other Notifications, Charging warnings, and the Software Update, not for the Android app, the update for the car!

All in all it’s quite an amazing app, because the car is amazing. Just that Amazing is an understatement.

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