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Worthless internet browser?

Discussion in 'Model S: User Interface' started by Dbj77, Dec 14, 2017.

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Do you use the internet browser on a regular basis?

  1. No

    128 vote(s)
    78.0%
  2. Yes

    36 vote(s)
    22.0%
  1. Drone Flyer

    Drone Flyer Active Member

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    It makes a nice bright screen to help light up the cabin. That's about it!
     
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  2. brkaus

    brkaus Well-Known Member

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    Never use it, except for the Tesla Waze. And not much for that. Don’t really care much.
     
  3. ⚡️ELECTROMAN⚡️

    ⚡️ELECTROMAN⚡️ Active Member

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    I think it's usable, but it doesn't remember login name and passwords, so that affects it's usability the most. It's seriously primitive, but it is usable to some extent. It won't play any videos or audio. My favorite use for it is this: Starfield Simulation - Fun Tesla Screen I don't think you can call that worthless, can you? LOL, the graphics look way better viewing this on my ten year old PC, than they do on my one year old Tesla's center screen. Oh well, luckily not being able to order my car from it wasn't a deal breaker.
     
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  4. Electroman

    Electroman Supporting Member

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    Nobody told me there is a browser in the center screen..
     
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  5. SmartElectric

    SmartElectric Active Member

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    Some sites like plugshare specifically have a workaround for this where you get a token on a login and bookmark that page. YMMV
     
  6. Kieodadie

    Kieodadie Member

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    It is useless.
     
  7. tccartier

    tccartier Supporting Member

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    Well comparing it to all other cars currently available that have an integrated web browser in the touchscreen on the dash I'd say it works fairly well. Understanding of course that web browsing is not the core function of the MCU. But it can come in handy when all else fails, or when you have the time..

    I find it I use it to catch up on news and emails and such generally while waiting at a supercharger
     
  8. HankLloydRight

    HankLloydRight No Roads

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    I forgot all about those when I sold my P85+
    Fun Tesla Screens, Dashboards, Valet Messages & More

    Thanks for the reminder!
     
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  9. jelloslug

    jelloslug Active Member

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    I use qtes.la mostly and msn.com seems to load OK if you want news.
     
  10. SlyWombat

    SlyWombat Member

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    Tesla Waze is full time on my browser screen.
     
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  11. Chaserr

    Chaserr Hyperactive Hyperdrive

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    The browser is years behind in security updates. I honestly think the only way it is going to be updated is when a tetherless "hackMyTesla.com" website exploit appears, that either takes control of your car's autopilot, or enables things like autopilot and battery caps without paying for it. There's been no follow through on the promised updates, so nothing short of bad press or financial motivation is going to make this change.

    or, maybe there is a merge with the 9.0 or whatever version of the OS we've seen running in the Model 3, Roadster, and Semi coming. That looks drastically different, so maybe they started over with that build - it would explain why we haven't had our big 2017 update liek was common around October in years past.
     
  12. BrokerDon

    BrokerDon Active Member

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    Tesla.PlugShare.com is currently down for renovations to resolve incompatibility issues between Google Maps and the current Tesla Web Browser.

    In the meantime please use the PlugShare Android or iOS apps available for free on the Play Store and Apple App Store.

    We look forward to bringing you an updated site soon.

    -The PlugShare Team
     
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  13. SmartElectric

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    Right. Plugshare redid their website recently, about a week ago if I recall, I got an email on my account. Oh well. Worked great for the 2.5 years I used it.
     
  14. FlatSix911

    FlatSix911 Porsche 918 Hybrid

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  15. Bebop

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    It’s utterly useless.

    It loads pages so slow like dial-up speeds.
    It’s not as responsive as my iPhone. Very laggy, well the whole UI is actually.
    Doesn’t play YouTube videos.

    Not sure what the point was to add a browser in the first place.
     
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  16. AMPUP

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  17. HankLloydRight

    HankLloydRight No Roads

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    In 2012, it seemed like a really cool thing to have on the huge touchscreen.

    That said, I have used it successfully with Gmail in "HTML" or "classic" mode, but you do lose some functionality.
     
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  18. Jays200

    Jays200 Member

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    What's an internet browser, in a Tesla? ;)

    Not an option in our Australian spec Tesla
     
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  19. SilkySmooth

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    Waze page is great but is so disappointing otherwise. I hope for a wholesale replacement with the next major update.
     
  20. cybergates

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