OnStar developing app for Windows Phone

If you’re rolling around town in an OnStar equipped vehicle (think vehicles made by GM – like the Chevy Volt) you’ll be happy to know an official app is in development. There was a popular third party called Volt Link that was pulled from the Store because of a cease-and-desist from General Motors. Now it looks like we’ll get an official offering!

OnStar is a subscription service available to nearly any car made by General Motors. Brands include Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick, and GMC. You get in-vehicle security, hands free calling, turn-by-turn navigation, remote access to diagnostic systems and more. There is an iOS and Android app that lets users interact with their vehicles through their smartphones. But since Volt Link was pulled from the Windows Phone Store, there has been nothing for Windows Phone users to use with their vehicles. Patrolling their support forums, a reader alerted us to the fact that a Windows Phone is in development. This is what Lisa from the forums told users:

“Hi Brian -Good news – The Windows compatible version of RemoteLink is coming soon. Stay tuned for more details!About the API, we have opened up our API to independent developers. Here’s a link to learn more https://developer.gm.com/index.php. There you can have access to the APIs, stay up-to-date on developer news, and more.Hope that helps some!”

While we don’t have a time table for when the app will be ready, it’s worth nothing that it will work with Windows Phone 7 and up! No Windows Phone left behind. Also Lisa mentions that they've opened up their APIs to developers. Could Volt Link make a comeback?

We’ll reach out to OnStar/GM and see if we can get any more information on the app. And of course, we’ll update you guys with what we learn and when the app is available.

Source: OnStar Connections

Thanks for the tip Qngo!              

Sam Sabri