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Virtually every major auto manufacturer has already incorporated Android Auto into their infotainment systems, leaving BMW as the final holdout. Although the company had claimed in 2017 that it had no plans to add Android Auto to their lineup, it must have changed its mind at some point, because it announced in December of last year that Android Auto would be coming in July 2020. Well, it's July 2020, and I can confirm that BMW has finally made this long-awaited Android Auto update available.
What's better than cloud back-up? Local back-up, I hear you say. But how about both? If your ears perked up, this StackSocial deal could be your answer. Included is a bundle of IDrive's (a company we've already featured in a deal or two around here) new Wi-Fi 1TB Hard Drive and one year access to their 10TB IDrive Pro Personal cloud backup service, for a total of $97 instead of $475 — that's a 79% discount.
The IDrive Wi-Fi 1TB Hard Drive usually costs $99.99 by itself. It's a 256-bit AES encrypted external hard drive that plugs into Windows and Mac computers through a USB interface, but also has built-in Wi-Fi (and a 3000mAh battery) to receive backups over your local network from your computers as well as your Android or iOS devices.
Normally the IDrive mobile backup service is $5 a year for unlimited data backups. (Not to be confused with the desktop version, which is considerably more expensive.) But today you can get a lifetime of backup service for just ten bucks. StackSocial is running the promotion, which will be available for another six days. If you find Google or Dropbox's backup plans too limiting, this might be worth a look.
The IDrive backup app doesn't upload each and every file on your phone, but it does grab photos, videos, music, and less tangible items like your contacts, SMS and call logs, and at least some app data.