I can definitely see how many of you are frustrated with the Entune system and I agree with it having to do with Toyota having rushed out the Entune system, but I wanted to make sure that people reading on here got to know that Toyota has definitely made some improvements based off of what has been said on here. Granted I've only been using Entune for about a week and it is my first vehicle with Entune, but I got the 2015 Toyota Camry with Entune Premium Audio with Navigation and App Suite.
To address some of the previous statements on here:
I've had my Prius C three with Entune for almost a year now. Basically since the C came out. I want to inform anyone who is considering purchasing a Toyota that Entune is a terrible waste, and functions extremely poorly. Here are my main complaints about the system:
1. The system takes a good minute to boot up. This doesn't seem like a big deal at first. I mean, what's a minute? Does your phone or computer really boot up any faster? Not by much in most cases. The difference here is that if you want to use the navigation feature, you can't be moving. So if you need the navigation, you have to sit in the car and just wait until it's ready. Meanwhile (at least in the Prius) your engine is just burning gas if you haven't already warmed it up.
On my car the Entune system takes barely any time at all to boot up, it's up to the screen with the warning not to operate the apps while driving the vehicle within seconds.
2. The voice recognition SUCKS! The fact that the system takes a minute to boot up actually wouldn't matter if the voice recognition worked well. Actually, it does do some things well. If you know the street address where you're going, it'll parse the full address correctly about 50% of the time. I consider that acceptable. What it does not do well is find POIs using voice control. Call out "Find Next McDonald's" or any other huge chain, and it will work just fine. But other POIs, even if they're in the POI database, are just lost. I travel to Disneyland occasionally, for example. Disneyland is definitely in the POI database, but every time you call out "Find Next Disneyland". the system just says, "Cancel". In fact, basically 30-40% of the time when you tap the voice recognition button, no matter what command you issue, the result will be "Cancel". Every time I hear that voice say "Cancel", I want to put my fist through the dash. I am not prone to violence, but that particular word upsets me because it doesn't tell me anything about what went wrong. I have a clear, accent neutral voice. There is no reason it should not understand me.
The new Entune now has an option in settings where you can go to read aloud about 10 messages to the system that it shows on the screen to help the system get programed to your voice, I'm not sure how well it will handle with accents, but even before I used that I had about 80% success rate with the voice recognition. Since I've run the voice recognition programming I've only run into one issue with it since when I said a phrase and it just completely didn't understand, but as soon as I reworded it a little bit it went through just fine. With the new Advance Voice Recognition Toyota is claiming that the system will recognize even more things and that you can just talk to the system as if you are having a conversation, and granted I've only had the system for a week but it's done better than I expected so far with everything I've used it for.
3. Can't really use apps from voice control. Supposedly you can start apps with your voice, but actually operating them doesn't work. This is important because, while the system doesn't stop you from pecking out your apps with your finger, it's rather dangerous to do so. Yes, this ties back into #2 to a degree.
So far I've only started Bing with my voice and Phone calls but both of them have worked just fine.
4. Changes what you're listening to for no reason. About half of the time, when I get in the car, the Entune decides that it's going to play MP3s off of my phone without any prompting whatsoever. If I actually had music on the phone, that might be considered a 'feature', but I don't use my phone for that. So the only MP3's I have on my phone are my ringtone and a few random test recordings I made with a voice activated recording app. So then I have to flip back through to Sirius/XM. The fact that it happens half of the time, with no input at all from me, clearly indicates that this is a glitch. And an annoying one at that.
This has definitely been fixed because I have not once had a single problem with the system changing the audio source. It is something you can do with your voice, the steering wheel or the screen, but it is not doing it on it's own any more.
As for the having to have a smartphone to use the system, you only have to have one in order to use the apps Bing, Pandora, Open Table, and MovieTickets.com. Which if you didn't have a smartphone you're not usually going to have the data package to support it unless you are still one of the few that is using BlackBerry.