When it comes to our cars, and Android, it's not all about Android Auto. There are some really cool gadgets out there for our cars that can make them even better, without spending a whole lot. One of my favorites is the Automatic adapter we reviewed a few months ago. There's also ZTE's Mobley which is a mobile hotspot for your car. Then there's Viper SmartStart. Which is one I hadn't heard of until today. Viper SmartStart is a gadget that you can plug into your OBD-II port on your car and get all kinds of nifty things.
Viper SmartStart is an easy to install remote start system. But there's more than that here. You can also set it to schedule a time to start your car. So if it's cold out – like it will be in a few months here in the northern part of the States – you can start your car while you're still in the house getting ready for work. This way your car will be all warmed up and ready to go when you are. You can set it to start when it's below a certain temperature, which is a nice little touch. Additionally, you can use Viper SmartStart to arm your home's alarm as well. There are many other features here in Viper SmartStart as well. But we aren't here to talk about the features, we are here to talk about the big v4.0 update it got.
The app has been seriously out of date, since it launched in 2011. If you take a look at the old version, it might take you back to 2011, when Android didn't look that hot. Great idea, since it is Thursday, right? Viper SmartStart updated their app today to version 4.0. Now while it is not a material design look, it does look a thousand times better. So if you're a user of Viper SmartStart, you'll definitely want to check out this update, which was supposed to launch in early 2015. The update also includes a slew of bug fixes and performance enhancements, as most updates do. You can grab the update from the source section below.