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[Q] Is there an android head unit out there?

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30th March 2012, 04:32 PM   |  #1  
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Did some googleing and didn't find much except for some maybes and some oddities that i'm not too sure about so I thought I might come to the experts. I would love to have a small 7" double din head unit in my car running gingerbread or better android on it and tether it to my phone. That way I could add pandora/youtube/siriusxm/navigation/market/fruitslice whatever...

Anyone know of anything out there?
30th March 2012, 04:40 PM   |  #2  
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There's a couple on the market I've seen. Many are out there as concepts. In the Barnes &Noble nook forums there is guy who did a write up on how he installed a nook in the dash of his jeep. It's a 7 inch screen and fits with a little Modding. I'm surprised you didn't find any on your search.

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Originally Posted by Shinare

Did some googleing and didn't find much except for some maybes and some oddities that i'm not too sure about so I thought I might come to the experts. I would love to have a small 7" double din head unit in my car running gingerbread or better android on it and tether it to my phone. That way I could add pandora/youtube/siriusxm/navigation/market/fruitslice whatever...

Anyone know of anything out there?

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Those are the main ones people have been "keeping an eye on" since last year.

After talking with some friends that are in to car audio, I've deemed them all to be subpar for my needs so i just got a 32gb sammy tab plus, 64gb microsd card, and a $30 dash kit that i will mod for mounting. I think the three key things that a real head unit has over mounting a tablet are: 1) easy back up camera solution 2) satellite radio 3) built in bluetooth handsfree. 1 and 3 are possible, just not the easiest, and i have no use for number 2 since i dont subscribe.

*edit* - just realized i had subscribed to the thread boborone is referencing Nook Color in Jeep Wrangler
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2nd April 2012, 07:04 PM   |  #4  
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There is also the more mainstream AppRadio from Pioneer. Search it since I can't post links yet.
28th April 2012, 04:09 AM   |  #5  
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I have the Erisin 777A for the past 4 months, generally quite happy about it but wants better sound quality.
Clarion has announced an android head unit, the mirage, http://www.engadget.com/2012/03/28/c...ng-mirage-ivi/
This one has potential, maybe upgrade is in the works for me.
28th April 2012, 04:18 AM   |  #6  
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I have been search and I have decided on mounting a tablet as well I just wish there were companies who make custom mounts to make it look OEM
28th April 2012, 08:00 PM   |  #7  
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I have the Erisin 777A for the past 4 months, generally quite happy about it but wants better sound quality.
Clarion has announced an android head unit, the mirage, http://www.engadget.com/2012/03/28/c...ng-mirage-ivi/
This one has potential, maybe upgrade is in the works for me.

Nice. That's what I want. Too bad its release is in q4. :(

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Has anyone tried any of these or know if they would be any good hardware wise?
How about the possibility of custom roms or even rooting them?

This one seems the better choice in the fact it's a removable tablet. Not because I want a tablet but because it would be easier to bring into the house for flashing purposes. Never heard of it's CPU mind?
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/321013490466

This one is quite a nice looking one with non removable screen. Has a Cortex A8 which I've heard of at least
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/121016519547

So what's your views and opinions?
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So no comments then? I'm really hankering for an Android unit in the car. Will beat the socks off the crappy 2din wince unit i have. The software on that is so cumbersome and doesn't match throughout the different modes.
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Ok just found this Parrot Asteroid 2DIN. Looks very good but not available yet.
http://www.slashgear.com/parrot-aste...aled-09207612/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dH3-VAfqjEw

Also after watching some video's of the unit with pad I posted previously it seems that most of the main functions are handled by an internal process in the unit (maybe wince?) which then outputs video and control via the tablet. This has kind of put me off a little bit.

So after watching some other video's of the Ca-Fi I think I am going to go with one of these. The new one is upgraded to 2.3 Android, capacitive touchscreen and a 1ghz processor. So saving my pennies now!!!!!
http://ca-fi.com/en/archives/1027

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