KitKat Feature Spotlight: Android Finally Supports Bluetooth MAP, Will Make Bluetooth Integration With Your Car Suck A Lot Less

If you’ve never heard of the Bluetooth MAP profile, I don’t blame you. Bluetooth profiles are super, super boring stuff. But stay with me here, because you may be more interested in MAP than you thought.


Do you own a car that is “Bluetooth-enabled”? If your car’s model year is somewhere in the neighborhood of the last 3 to 4 years and supports Bluetooth, it probably uses the MAP standard to communicate with your phone. Ford Sync / MyFord Touch, BMW iDrive, and many Lexus models use it. And if you own an Android phone and a Bluetooth-ready car, you’ve probably noticed that they probably don’t play very nicely together. While it’s easy to blame this on car manufacturers being behind the times and only looking out for iPhone owners, that’s not entirely true. You see, before the current Bluedroid Bluetooth firmware stack that’s now a core part of the Android OS existed, phone OEMs were often left to fend for themselves when it came to advanced Bluetooth feature support, as Google only provided the basic BlueZ stack with Android. Some of them, like Motorola, even supported MAP. But when Bluedroid came along in Android 4.2, phone makers switched over, and the result was often a loss of features (see this Google Code thread, for example), including, for example, MAP.

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