(car audio) Parrot ASTEROID Smart

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acerolopez

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This was a long response i sent to another person but may be usefull for others to read as well.

For one itll never work like a android device you're used to cause its a very old version of android and its chip and memory is just made for some basic functions and there is no way getting around that.
There are less and less apps that work on it every day because google has dropped all support for android 2.3.7 so any apps that you may find to work will be very old and you'll need to search web archives like "apkmirror" to find old versions of apps for 2.3.7 .

That being said its still a great device for the things it was made to do like playing music.
The best way to add other apps is to find them using your pc to search and download them to usb or mem card.
Then find the settings for "development mode" turn on "allow apps from other locations" and start installing you'll have to figure out what does and does not work for you.
You can install the "Aptiod market" but some apps may not be that great or shady.

I had google maps working but i had to remove it cause its so laggy and slows down the whole device.
Waze used to work ok but not anymore google broke it.
With some difficulty you can get google play store working but again it drags the whole system down with a bunch of crap running in the background.

The first thing i do is get "ES file explorer" installed this allows you to find the apks you placed on the usb or mem stick easier.
Then if you want to root the device install "Framaroot" then run it to root the device using "Gimli".
Get "Asteroid Tweaker" installed as well it has some much needed features.
And if you have it set up with steering wheel controls(swc) you must have my "Asteroid SWC" app.
After that you can do pretty much whatever you want.

If you brick it you can use 2 different firmwares from 2 different zones or languages, first place one firmware on the SD card from a different zone, press and release the reset button once while moving two fingers up and down on the screen until it boots, let it install the firmware, then turn it off put your zone/language firmware on the SD card and do it all over again be sure you are finishing in your zone / language.

Maybe i'll try to put together a webpage or something to upload a bunch of apks and instructions and firmwares so people can find it all in one place.

Here is the webpage i made.
http://kwksrv.8bit.ca/PAS/KWKAsteroidSmart.html
Hi, i try installl fron SD card, but say "update file not found". How i can install plf file in SD card?
 

acerolopez

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Worked!!!

1. ACC still on.
2. 2 fingers up-down
2. Faceplate eject, 2 fingers up-down
3. Press reset (1-2 sec.), 2 fingers up-down
4. Faceplate install, 2 fingers up-down
5. wait 4-5 sec, 2 fingers up-down
6. Update dispay ready "waiting update file...".
7. Plug USB pendrive with plf firmware file.
8. Reading/checking plf file. If check ok, reboot.
9. Reboot update mode, rechecking plf file.
10. Update

The hard reset 1MB plf file checking fail. Not working.
Downgraded 2.1.9, need 2min to first start, deezer still crashed, 2-3 min crash text OK button (20-30x pressed) and Home loaded, settings, uninstall Deezer, now working without crashing. This version not support (not available) FM radio, need update latest version.
Worked!!!

1. ACC still on.
2. 2 fingers up-down
2. Faceplate eject, 2 fingers up-down
3. Press reset (1-2 sec.), 2 fingers up-down
4. Faceplate install, 2 fingers up-down
5. wait 4-5 sec, 2 fingers up-down
6. Update dispay ready "waiting update file...".
7. Plug USB pendrive with plf firmware file.
8. Reading/checking plf file. If check ok, reboot.
9. Reboot update mode, rechecking plf file.
10. Update

The hard reset 1MB plf file checking fail. Not working.
Downgraded 2.1.9, need 2min to first start, deezer still crashed, 2-3 min crash text OK button (20-30x pressed) and Home loaded, settings, uninstall Deezer, now working without crashing. This version not support (not available) FM radio, need update latest version.
A lot of thanks!!!
 
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Is there any way to get Google Calendar to work with the Parrot Asteroid Smart?

I had it working years ago but it has not for quite a while.

I just need to get my appointments from my Google Calendar to the car so that I can click on the address instead of putting it in the GPS manually.

Any work around would do if possible?
 

CRODA97

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Hi everyone, I'm new here, I recently bought a 2014/15 hyundai i10 with "Parrot ASTEROID Smart" system, with Android 2.1.9, how can I update the firmware to the latest version available in Italian language?
I also wish I had updated maps, or be able to use waze or maps via an internet hotspot with my phone.

By chance there are some tutorials on how to do these operations, I'm not very good at it, thanks a lot in advance to anyone who can help me.

greetings.
 

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    I'm not sure where I found this info, but I don't believe it was here, so I thought I'd leave a little write up about enabling Google Voice Search. First I found and downloaded the old voice search apk. You will need to search for voice search 2.1.4 apk..should be a legitimate free download. However, as I'm sure many have tried and seen, it simply force closes when installed. So, as mentioned, I found a post somewhere that pointed to the missing lib...oh so obviously named libvoicesearch.so. It can be found in the gingerbread gapps zip. Again, you can just search for that...I found it on goo.im/gapps. Now on a basic level, we're done, you can have your voice control icon and a voice input button will be added to maps and the browser.

    voice_search.jpg

    maps.jpg

    browser.jpg


    So, we're just missing one more thing...voice typing from the keyboard into any app. Unfortunately whatever it is that triggers keyboards to display a voice input key is still missing. So, simply installing Gingerbread Keyboard isn't enough to enable the functionality. I tried out quite a few keyboards and obviously they are all keying off the same thing...perhaps it's a bit to flip in some config file...regardless it's not there currently. I did find two keyboards(there are possibly more) that will present the key. One is SwiftKey, the other Kii. Neither are free, Kii only clears it's fancy prediction dictionary when not registered, so I went with it...plus it has a better voice input presentation. Only final caveat is that neither of these will show the voice key as a primary key...you have to hold another key and it will popup as the first option...so it's not too bad. Still looking for a perfect solution, but this functions in the meantime.

    kii.jpg


    I guess I'll go ahead and post up a few other things from my setup that folks might find useful since I'm here.

    1. Tablet Talk - Direct Text message forwarding from your phone. There are a few programs like this, but this one uses a direct link (BT or Wifi) from your phone and doesn't have to go out to some other server to store/fetch messages. Interface it okay, designed for tablets, so a bit cramped on the small screen. But seems to function pretty well. I'm connected via bluetooth and it doesn't interfere with voice call functionality at all. You do have to run a service on your phone also, but so far I haven't noticed any negative impact. Oh yeah, needs an Android phone...but we're on XDA right...so that shouldn't be a problem for most.

    tablet_talk.jpg


    2.Android Weather Widget - I have discovered, along with others, that the majority of weather widgets don't play nicely with the Asteroid. Since it's gingerbread, the widgets basically think it's a phone and even when connected to some wifi network, when it can't get initial location triangulation via a cellular data network...it will never get a location lock. Elsewhere someone found a non-free widget that functioned correctly, but I'm cheap... I finally found the Android Weather Widget after trying quite a few. It's pulls location via the gps and then grabs the needed data from wifi. Works and looks great. Using it with ADW in the screenshot of my current setup. As an aside, so far ADW is working nicely.

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    3. PerApp - Most of the time I like to use Google Navigation for my mapping needs. I quickly found there was no way to adjust the volume on the Asteroid. It is not tied to master or notification...well it does adjust with master(since, you know, it's the master volume), but it's at a much lower level than the music so can't play nicely. Found PerApp, which allows me to go in and set up to a +15db increase for the app. Works like a charm. Also has rotation functionality(again per app) that functions great. Only caveat can be found in one of my previous posts. Make sure to turn off it's screen timeout functionality. You can't set it to 0(which in this case is no timeout) and it will default to 1 minute. You will then get an annoying clock popup every minute and go crazy trying to find out why. So after installing you might needs something like SOFFT to reset the default timeout.

    4. AsteroidTweaker - Mentioned just above, I basically use this to have a reboot functionality without having to have a paperclip handy along with getting my unit to resume from my USB drive most of the time. Also has various other tweak and fixes. Worth a look. Steering wheel control people, it claims to have some fixes for that also...but I haven't looked into it much as I do not. One negative I have noticed is that when switching between sources, it get's a little confused and jumps back a forth for a second...I don't switch sources that often, so minor annoyance for me.

    5. Droid VNC Server, Dropbear SSH Server(not my first choice and now discontinued, but works). Using VNC to capture screens, it's also nice to play around from the comfort of my house. A bit slow to refresh and makes some actions pretty difficult, but overall works well. Always nice to be able to SSH in and take a look around also.

    6. AdAway - Host file ad blocker.

    7. Mongoose web server - This is actually for running on a windows PC. Just throwing it in because it's handy. Basically just throw the executable in a directory of file you want to access remotely and start it up. Then you can browse to your pc from the Asteroid Smart web browser and download the stuff you are wanting to get on your device. Sure you could also start up the SSH Server and scp, or install and sftp server, but this is just handy sometime.

    Anyway, hope this might help some folks out. I had nice helpful links in place for the apps, but XDA apparently did not care for that within my great wall of text. Not quite sure why it refused to let me post with the links... Anyway, let me know if you have any questions on things I've mentioned...
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    Thank you, sounds great. Please keep us updated! :good:

    So, i've managed to build a kernel, compile CWM and i'm in the process of compiling CM10.1

    luckily my Big bro works for HP and has loaned me a VM on one of his HPCloud Farms.

    my current issue is reverting to a working unit. if i replace the current recovery with CWM, i cant just put a stock rom back because the stock rom uses a PLF file. i was hoping that the PLF was just a renamed ZIP, but i dont think it is.

    so, as you can understand i'm a bit wary of just flashing the recovery.img using ADB if i cant but it all back.. i've taken a copy of the mtd0 and mtd 1 devices but they're pretty useless if i cant get the thing to boot and its bricked..

    i'll do some research and maybe even get in touch with parrot themselves to see what my options are..
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    We now have root :)

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    Hey everyone,

    After a few failed attempts at getting the Play Store working on my Asteroid Smart I eventually got it to work, to be honest it wasn't complicated just long winded.

    I have gone through the other write up's and some didn't work (at least for me anyway) so I thought I'd share 'my' installation process, if it helps 1 person then it was worth the effort :good:

    1. Install Framaroot from here http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2130276 I used 1.4.1

    I followed this video to install the apps

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PD4LSdZ3OBs

    This is the installation procedure I followed for Framaroot

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTFVkjtxaWA

    After installing Framaroot, take the little panel off the left hand side and reboot!

    2. Download Root Browser Lite from here and Install.

    3. Download GoogleServicesFramework.apk here & Vending.apk here and copy both files onto your SD card.

    4, Install GoogleServicesFramework.apk

    I then rebooted the Asteroid Smart.

    5. Using Root Browser Lite, locate Vending.apk on your SD Card and copy the file to /system/app on the root of the Asteroid.

    6. Long press the Vending.apk file and go to 'Permissions' I set Users/Group/Others to Read & Write access.

    Again I rebooted the Asteroid.

    7. Create a shortcut to Vending and login to your google account, at this point I did get an error but I just continued and logged in.

    That was it :D It works perfectly!

    I also installed used Market Helper from here to trick the Google Play Store into thinking my Asteroid was my Samsung Galaxy S3. The only issue I found doing this was that the setup screen didn't fit the Smart too well so I used 'Ultimate Rotation Control' downloaded from the play store to set the screen into Portrait mode while I used Market Helper.

    I now have CoPilot live installed :good:

    I know it's a bit long but it worked for me, hopefully it will be of use to others :cool:
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    So, today i created an Amazon AWS EC2 instance with the sole intention of porting Jellybean to the Asteroid Smart.

    i've never port a ROM before and this will be a very steep learning Curve, but i'm hoping that due to the lack of built in Radio Modems and other boards that it should be easier that other devices. Famous last words eh?

    i'll prob make a separate Thread for my progress but if anyone has any experience to share, please feel free.