Android 4.3 resolves my Bluetooth Nexus 4 car kit issues

Nexus 4 Bluetooth
I can happily report that the latest Android update had enabled me to connect and use my Nexus 4 with my car kit. I was a little dismayed when I first got hold of the Nexus 4 as the stock Android device would not make or receive calls. I wrote about this when it was running on Android 4.2.1and 4.2.2.

That is now all a thing of the past as my Bluetooth car kit now connects, makes and receives calls as it should do. Obviously there had been mounting pressure to get this sorted as the bug seemed to affect a number of car users. For me this meant that I couldn’t retire my iPhone 4 as I needed to be able to make and receive calls from the car.

If you are still waiting for the update then you might want to try following the steps in this post as it should allow you to get the over the air update quicker.

Please let me know if you are still experiencing problems with making and receiving calls.

  • scott

    I am still having issues after 4.3 upgrade with loosing connectivity between phone and car Bluetooth. I have to tap “speaker” or “headset” and then tap “Bluetooth” to get conversation back to car speakers – very frustrating – especially when in traffic. I have an older model BMW 2006 so maybe that is part of the problem?????

    • Hi Scott,

      Are you able to get other Android handsets to work with your car? If you can then I think you may be suffering from a hardware incompatibility.

      • KP

        The BMW issue is well known. Essentially you have a hardware comparability problem as the car is old. There is an easy solution though. You need to replace the ULF unit (next to the CD changer in the boot) which takes about 5 minutes. You can get a new one on ebay, just make sure that the HW number on the side of the ULF says 13 (yours will be 6 or 7).

  • davide

    Hi i ve still the same problem with BT. Quality is not good but this happens not always and I don’t know why

  • Ewan

    I have just got a Nissan Qashqai 360 that has the latest Nissan connect audio system. My nexus 4 will not connect to it. I have taken the issue to the car dealer and they say it’s the phone. Any advice?
    Thank you

    • First off, make sure that you are on the latest version of Android (4.3) as this has improved Bluetooth support. Ask a friend with an iPhone to try and connect. If that works then the best you can do is log a fault with Google, although don’t expect much joy.

  • I have Android 4.3 on my Nexus 4 and I have connectivity issues with the hands-free bluetooth in my 2012 Honda Civic.

    The connection keeps disconnecting and re-connecting making it impossible to call. In addition, functionality like address book and call lists are also not available.

    The car system is good as I am able to connect with my Bold 9900, excellent sound quality and access to phone book and call list from hands-free controls.

  • Have issues using Motorola Roadster car hands-free bluetooth, even running Android 4.3 on my Nexus 4.

    The pairing is completed successfully and calls are made without any issues. However, when on the call, the sounds keeps going on and off, and the person can´t hear me.

    Think that´s a particular Android issue, since had other phones (not Android) that worked fine with same hands-free device, such as Blackberry and even HP webOS Veer phone.

  • Lisa

    I have a 2012 BMW and have done BMW connect SW update. My Android 4.3 Nexus 4 will not stay connected – it connects, then drops with a really loud BEEP, then will connect again in a few minutes and drop again – I have to turn off Bluetooth on the phone. I have a friend with an iPhone that connects with no issue. This is definitely a Nexus or Android issue. I would really appreciate any insight into fixes for this.

  • Sumeet

    Its the same issue with my phone… On a volkswagen 2012 cafr

  • Francisco

    Hi,
    I have a Nexus 4 and a 2007 BMW and I’m having issues with the Bluetooth connection. The phone already updated to android 4.4.
    The phone pairs with the car but I only can speak and hear thru cars system,just sound, nothing else works. None of the car’s controls. So I have to make calls, receive calls, look for contacts, etc… thru the phone. I doesn’t look like hands free..
    Anyone knows if the solution that KP gives would work. I mean, if I change the BT device in the car I Will be able to connect and use all the features from the car’s controls.

    Thank You,

  • Mike

    I have a 2010 Nissan Qashqai Tekra with Nissan Connect. It will pair with my son’s Nexus 4 but not with mine! Both of us are on Android 4.4.2