Ever since the launch of the 2011 Nissan Leaf, owners have been able to remotely access information about their car’s state of charge, estimated range and even pre-heat or cool the cabin using Nissan’s built-in telematics service - Carwings.
But unless you happened to own an iPhone in addition to your Nissan Leaf, the only way you could control your car remotely was via Nissan’s clunky -- and sometimes buggy -- website.
Now anyone with an Android smartphone can join in the party, with the newly released Nissan Leaf app for Android OS devices.
Listed on various Android application directory sites, the free application offers the same functionality as its iPhone sibling, but with a slightly redesigned interface, with tabs at the top rather than the bottom of the screen.
We’ve not had a chance to test out the application, but owners over at mynissanleaf.com are reporting success with both installing and running the program.
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As with any app however, some users are reporting a few errors with certain Android-powered tablets running Honeycomb 3.0 and with other android devices running OS versions earlier than Donut 1.6
Theses few problems aside, we’re glad to see Nissan release a smartphone version of its carwings app for Android devices.
Google, the multi-national software and search engine giant responsible for the Android operating system - is known for its love of plug-in cars. It seems only fitting that its mobile operating system gets a version of the Carwings app for the Nissan Leaf.
If you have a smartphone or tablet device running Android and you own a Nissan Leaf, you’ll want to check out the application for yourself. It’s free and can be downloaded here, but users outside of the U.S. should note that the version released is a localized version specific to the U.S. Regionalized versions for other countries with the Nissan Leaf should follow shortly.