New here and digging up this old thread rather than make a new one, since there doesn't seem to be too much activity here and even though OP probably doesn't need an answer anymore. If it needs to be moved somewhere else, have at it, mods...
I use Windows Phone and it's been compatible with Toyota and Ford infotainment systems for reading text messages to me and allowing me to dictate text back or say "I'm done" if no reply was needed.
I'm disappointed that this feature doesn't seem to work with MyLink.
With the Toyota, I could press the phone button, then say, "Text NAME" and it would say, "Okay, texting NAME. Please say your message." When done, it would read it back to me and say, "You can say 'send it', 'try again' or 'add more.'" When a new message comes in, it would say, "Text from NAME. You can say 'read it' or 'ignore.'"
Toyota has a totally hands-free process, and it worked that way with my prior Windows phone, where Cortana was fully enabled and with my new one, where I did not enable Cortana to spy on me.
I was going to either buy a '15 Malibu 2LT or a '15 Toyota Camry SE. I opted for the Malibu because, to me, it drove better and has a much quieter interior, plus I got the Pioneer 9 speaker system.
I think the Toyota had a far superior bluetooth interface. Even with the text messages, I did not have to allow the head unit to download my contact info and message history; it did everything through the phone. And it's not just the newer Toyotas; I've driven a 2011 Toyota Highlander and the text feature worked exactly the same way, almost flawlessly. The only minor issue was that if I was dictating a long text, it would cut me off and I'd have to keep telling it to add more before telling it to send...not a big deal.
On MyLink, I had to enable it to download my contacts and messages before the text feature would work. Hopefully there is a way to update or reconfigure this functionality, because I'm finding the MyLink interface to be quite terrible. When a text comes in, you have to look at the screen and touch "Listen". So much for hands free.
To try to send a text, I pressed the phone button, and it said I could say a command, so when I said, "Text NAME" it said, "Did you say DIAL NAME?" and it never gave me the option to dictate a text on numerous attempts. It's even been pretty bad when I tell it to play certain artists from USB, frequently getting them wrong.
There is a YouTube video that shows a Chevy Silverado where the guy presses the phone button and dictates a text message to send. Does this mean it should work with Malibu or is it just because he has an iPhone? (I can't post link because of noob status?)