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THOUGHT: Update your Bluetooth Car Kit via Bluetooth
Posted by Arne Hess - on Saturday, 26.11.05 - 16:32:02 CET under 09 - Thoughts - Viewed 21804x
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Following yesterday's posting, where Microsoft revealed that it will better support the Bluetooth Hands Free Profile for Bluetooth car kits with Windows Mobile 5.0 and AKU1.1, I decided today to check the manufacture website of my car kit if there is an improved firmware available already.
To my shame I have to admit that I have missed around 5 firmware upgrades 8O while on the other hand 5 firmware upgrades within 12 month are a lot but Parrot (who is the manufacture of the car kit) seems to take the support serious since they have constantly added new phones to better support the CK3100 car kit.

Anyway, since it is a Bluetooth car kit, Parrot offers, beside the - let's say "old school" - serial update via a special cable an Bluetooth update too and so I've downloaded the update wizard and firmware first, took my Sony Vaio Notebook, went down to my parking lot and had a seat on the driver seat.
First I've bonded both, the Notebook and the car kit, not a big deal at all. Then I had to switch the car kit into the update mode, done. After I've started the update wizard on the Notebook and the rest was done automatically:

However, I have to admit I haven't felt too comfortable at the beginning because if you watch the steps above, after "Software verification" follows "Flash erasing" (at your car kit) which basically means at this moment your car kit isn't worth anything anymore. If now something fails, you have fried it and I think your have to return it to Parrot.
I remember well, when I've updated the ROM of my first Compaq iPAQ 3600 and fried it into the "parrot" mode (the parrot mode on iPAQs was the boot loader and if your iPAQ didn't awake from this mode it was fried) which I had to remember today when I flashed my "Parrot Bluetooth car kit" today. ;-)
Or I had to remember the guy from the newsgroups who tried to flash his Pocket PC over infrared which went well for step one: erasing the ROM but went wrong fro step two: uploading the ROM because the device couldn't be used over infrared anymore after the ROM was erased. ;-)
Anyway, this time everything went well and after a couple of minutes only, the update wizard reported the following:

Wow, pretty handy, fast and convenient and that's why I appreciate Bluetooth so much. No more reason to buy expansive, dedicated cables anymore but just do it wireless over the air. In the past, these kind of updates were a pain and you had to consult an mechanist which was expensive and took a lot of time. Today you can do it yourself and - if everything works well - it takes just a couple of minutes.

Now I can follow-up the Bluetooth Hands Free support research and if Microsoft really improved the user experience here. At least I have the latest firmware at my car kit now so nobody can say I've tested it with an outdated car kit.

Cheers ~ Arne

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