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Old 07-21-2015, 01:41 PM   #1
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Exclamation Sync V4.4 Update for Non-Navigation Units

I just ran an update on my Sync unit a little bit ago. The instructions weren't laid out very well. The difference is I downloaded the files to a USB stick, turned car on, plugged in stick, hit 'Media->USB' then scrolled with the down arrow until I found 'System Settings->Advanced->Install Application' Nothing about install update, but I had a lucky guess.

Update ran about 10 minutes, rebooted once and then got an installation complete message. You can get the software update if you register your car with SyncMyRide.com, it will tell you if your car is eligble for an update. This one added a feature they should've had from day one showing song meta data on Bluetooth audio streams.

Below are the release notes for the V4.4 update:

FJ5T-14D544-AB

Bluetoothİ Connectivity Improvements:
Enhanced Bluetooth phone connection stability

Enabled track information to be displayed for Bluetooth-streamed media including metadata such as song title, artist name and album title
More robust Message Access Profile (MAP) functionality to handle SMS reception and Text2Speach output

Media Connectivity Improvements:

Improved media connectivity for USB-equipped Apple devices, as well as streamlined device initialization and authentication process
Previous USB or Bluetooth media source playback now resumed after ignition cycle

AppLink Functionality Improvements:

Better AppLink customer experience with more robust features and reliable functionality


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Thanks! I've been meaning to install this update for a while.

Are you seeing any issues at all with v4.4?
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Thanks! I've been meaning to install this update for a while.

Are you seeing any issues at all with v4.4?
Well, I only had a total of 10 minutes of use with it, so no issues during that time. I did have to re-pair my cellphone with it.

I'll be curious if it does indeed resume Bluetooth audio after getting in the car again this afternoon to go home, I hate having to go back into the app to kick off playback again after turning the car off.
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I haven't updated mine yet, is there a large improvement? I got so frustrated with my Sync system I pretty much stopped using it for anything more than the radio.
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Well, I only had a total of 10 minutes of use with it, so no issues during that time. I did have to re-pair my cellphone with it.

I'll be curious if it does indeed resume Bluetooth audio after getting in the car again this afternoon to go home, I hate having to go back into the app to kick off playback again after turning the car off.
LOL. Yeah, I'm leaving on a 2000 mile road trip tomorrow, so I think I'll wait until I get back to do the update "just in case". Going by the release notes, it definitely looks like a worthwhile upgrade but I'm usually in the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" camp. Mine works great as it is. I think I've only had to do a factory reset twice in the 3.5 years I've owned the car.
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Thats certainly a good idea, I'm considering selling mine but i'll prob do an update to see how it is.
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I haven't updated mine yet, is there a large improvement? I got so frustrated with my Sync system I pretty much stopped using it for anything more than the radio.
It's supposed to improve the Bluetooth connection stability, which I will admit I've had that issue where it suddenly disconnects from the phone for no reason.

Took a couple of phone calls with it this morning and worked just fine, I might go take a drive towards the beach on lunch and run it through its paces to see how it is...
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LOL. Yeah, I'm leaving on a 2000 mile road trip tomorrow, so I think I'll wait until I get back to do the update "just in case". Going by the release notes, it definitely looks like a worthwhile upgrade but I'm usually in the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" camp. Mine works great as it is. I think I've only had to do a factory reset twice in the 3.5 years I've owned the car.
I normally agree with you I think the Bluetooth streaming missing the metadata was a big annoyance for me. I've been using the Google Music radio station playlists; it's nice to see what song/artist it is without having to look at my phone. Most other cars have had that feature for awhile, not sure why it took Ford so long to add it, but good to have them add features even after a car has been sold. That hasn't been the case with previous Sync systems that I've used...
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Checking back in to say thanks for posting this PacketHauler!

I did the update yesterday, and the Bluetooth metadata is nice. Even better, SYNC now has full text messaging compatibility with my Samsung Galaxy III, which still is listed as incompatible on the Ford Owner website.
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PacketHauler, were you able to report a successful update to Ford? I have tried uploading the .XML file several times, and it is always unsuccessful.
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