CarPlay AI Box - "Android headunit" dongle?

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markinhosmrk

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Hi all!

I looked on the forums here and couldn't find anything about it... have you seen this CarPlay AI Box thing?

Seems like similar hardware as the Android headunits but on a dongle and then you connect it through USB and it streams via CarPlay. I think it's interesting for folks like me with a traditional headunit with Android Auto/CarPlay to have full access to Android.

Does anyone knows about it? I guess we could have the same options as the headunits such as custom firmwares or maybe figuring out what software does that CarPlay integration and use it from an Android phone - getting full Android access...

A link of it from AliExpress:
https://m.pt.aliexpress.com/item/10...937bf1b8eb274cfe0e0f.jpg_640x640Q90.jpg_.webp

Thanks!
 

marchnz

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    Hi all!

    I looked on the forums here and couldn't find anything about it... have you seen this CarPlay AI Box thing?

    Seems like similar hardware as the Android headunits but on a dongle and then you connect it through USB and it streams via CarPlay. I think it's interesting for folks like me with a traditional headunit with Android Auto/CarPlay to have full access to Android.

    Does anyone knows about it? I guess we could have the same options as the headunits such as custom firmwares or maybe figuring out what software does that CarPlay integration and use it from an Android phone - getting full Android access...

    A link of it from AliExpress:
    https://m.pt.aliexpress.com/item/10...937bf1b8eb274cfe0e0f.jpg_640x640Q90.jpg_.webp

    Thanks!

    Expect it to be unfinished, unreliable, 'buggy as' and unsupported.
     

    edris90

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    I have been looking at this as well. I'm going to order one as soon as my wife will let me probably a month or two from now.

    To my knowledge nobody else seems to be utilizing car play as a generic display output with touch screen support.

    I can't wait to get a hold of one of these and dump the firmware, if we can replicate how they interface, perhaps we can replicate it In software.

    Imagine Apple car play as a primary display, as an installable magisk module.
    That would solve the issues of Android crippling secondary displays for DRM. It would also hola many car units to be repurposed closer to their users need. But also help to minimize e-waste and unnecessary wasteful economic activity. Too much hardware goes to landfills because of lack of standardized interfaces for DIY upgrades.


    so long as no money is being made it's all good. Intellectual property is an artifact of commerce,
    It has no ethical relevance in non-commercial endeavors
     
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    markinhosmrk

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    I have been looking at this as well. I'm going to order one as soon as my wife will let me probably a month or two from now.

    To my knowledge nobody else seems to be utilizing car play as a generic display output with touch screen support.

    I can't wait to get a hold of one of these and dump the firmware, if we can replicate how they interface, perhaps we can replicate it In software.

    Imagine Apple car play as a primary display, as an installable magisk module.
    That would solve the issues of Android crippling secondary displays for DRM. It would also hola many car units to be repurposed closer to their users need. But also help to minimize e-waste and unnecessary wasteful economic activity. Too much hardware goes to landfills because of lack of standardized interfaces for DIY upgrades.


    so long as no money is being made it's all good. Intellectual property is an artifact of commerce,
    It has no ethical relevance in non-commercial endeavors

    That's what got me intrigued, how they manage to output to CarPlay! If it's purely software based then it might be ported.
    I will try to get one of those to play around!
     

    hzr34

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    I have a idea for this little box. If I get or I figured out how to mimic ios for convince car head unit . I will install or creat mode for any android phone we had same configuration in our car low price.
     

    hzr34

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    I think i find the solution which I guess this ai box using same method. Here is the think. Install android on raspberry pi and using usb c power port for triger car android auto system and run screen2auto app and viola here is own android tablet on your car android auto system.
     

    Al_Mel

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    did anyone figure out how to install a custom firmware on this Android Box. I am looking to connect a Bluetooth OBD dongle to this, but don't think the stock firmware allows anything other than Phone connection via Bluetooth.
     

    Al_Mel

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    Hi, could you share the firmware?
    I try to install on Raspberry

    well sure can, if someone can guide me how to dump the firmware from the device?

    it seems they have the Bluetooth hardware disabled for some reason, cant enables it in settings, that also mean cant connect to my OBDii adapter, that's a bummer!

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    perfektny

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    Hi I have this version of AI box
    https://www.alibaba.com/product-det...a2756.order-detail-ta-ta-b.0.0.5abb2fc2wCcoEN


    There is also rebranded version from Joyeauto with 4GB RAM, generally it is the same product:
    https://www.joyeauto.com/mmb-multim...-for-the-cars-with-oem-factory-apple-carplay/

    Joyeauto provides also download section for this device, where is a new ROM:

    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/oyjsw7s4q6dmvrm/AADy_yP8FC3JqnIrgjZrK-Gea?dl=0

    Is there anybody who can make custom rooted firmware?

    Btw. It can be plugged to any Android phone/ tablet via Carlinkit Wried CarPlay Smart Link Dongle for Android https://www.aliexpress.com/item/33038683679.html

    It works like in the car, it is good for playing with and installing in home.

    Bluetooth is blocked only for phone connection. I plugged cheap BT dongle to the USB port of the AI box and now I can connect anything including of OBD2.

    What is annoying is autohiding on-screen navigation panel. It would be better make the always visible navigation bar and all apks opening resized in the rest of the screen.

    Generally it is pretty interesting and good working device.
     
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    Al_Mel

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    Hi I have this version of AI box
    https://www.alibaba.com/product-det...a2756.order-detail-ta-ta-b.0.0.5abb2fc2wCcoEN


    There is also rebranded version from Joyeauto with 4GB RAM, generally it is the same product:
    https://www.joyeauto.com/mmb-multim...-for-the-cars-with-oem-factory-apple-carplay/

    Joyeauto provides also download section for this device, where is a new ROM:

    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/oyjsw7s4q6dmvrm/AADy_yP8FC3JqnIrgjZrK-Gea?dl=0

    Is there anybody who can make custom rooted firmware?

    Btw. It can be plugged to any Android phone/ tablet via Carlinkit Wried CarPlay Smart Link Dongle for Android https://www.aliexpress.com/item/33038683679.html

    It works like in the car, it is good for playing with and installing in home.

    Bluetooth is blocked only for phone connection. I plugged cheap BT dongle to the USB port of the AI box and now I can connect anything including of OBD2.

    What is annoying is autohiding on-screen navigation panel. It would be better make the always visible navigation bar and all apks opening resized in the rest of the screen.

    Generally it is pretty interesting and good working device.

    Hi! Which Bluetooth dongle did you buy/install?

    did you had to install any other software to use the bt dongle? Or just plug it in and turn on Bluetooth on setting menu?

    thanks!
     

    perfektny

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    Hi! Which Bluetooth dongle did you buy/install?

    did you had to install any other software to use the bt dongle? Or just plug it in and turn on Bluetooth on setting menu?

    thanks!

    I tried 3 different what I found at home and all work fine. No need to install any software or driver. These work: Gembird BTD-MINI5, Trust Bluetooth USB 4.0 Adapter , ASUS USB-BT400 . But I think you can try any.

    One more thing: you need to access full settings to pair Bluetooth, I installed ADW launcher and there is access to all settings.

    ADW launcher would be fine set like default one. But they packed the factory launcher also with phone application, so you need to start both launchers. Then the Home button is launching factory launcher :) so it is better to use only the factory one. This would be solved by custom rom.




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    Al_Mel

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    I tried 3 different what I found at home and all work fine. No need to install any software or driver. These work: Gembird BTD-MINI5, Trust Bluetooth USB 4.0 Adapter , ASUS USB-BT400 . But I think you can try any.

    One more thing: you need to access full settings to pair Bluetooth, I installed ADW launcher and there is access to all settings.


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    Thanks, I have ordered 2 seperate type of Bluetooth dongle. Will try later tonight.

    just confirming you been able to connect a external devise (not your phone or a speaker/audio device) via Bluetooth? Where did you go in system setting to search for the Bluetooth devices?
     

    perfektny

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    Thanks, I have ordered 2 seperate type of Bluetooth dongle. Will try later tonight.

    just confirming you been able to connect a external devise (not your phone or a speaker/audio device) via Bluetooth? Where did you go in system setting to search for the Bluetooth devices?
    Hi, I connected OBD2, also I tried to connect phone to this dongle, it works only for sound playing from the phone. Phone must be connected to the native BT for dialing and calling. You can use both BTs, native and dongle same time. Full android setting console is accessible when you run ADW launcher - there is a Setting icon among apks. Good luck with dongles.
     

    Al_Mel

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    Just received the BT dongle ($10 cheap ones). And it works perfectly fine!

    thanks for all the help!

    hopefully someone can make a customFirmware for this now. Also noticed the device already got Root access.
     

    Paol89

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    Hi I have this version of AI box
    https://www.alibaba.com/product-det...a2756.order-detail-ta-ta-b.0.0.5abb2fc2wCcoEN


    There is also rebranded version from Joyeauto with 4GB RAM, generally it is the same product:
    https://www.joyeauto.com/mmb-multim...-for-the-cars-with-oem-factory-apple-carplay/

    Joyeauto provides also download section for this device, where is a new ROM:

    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/oyjsw7s4q6dmvrm/AADy_yP8FC3JqnIrgjZrK-Gea?dl=0

    Is there anybody who can make custom rooted firmware?

    Btw. It can be plugged to any Android phone/ tablet via Carlinkit Wried CarPlay Smart Link Dongle for Android https://www.aliexpress.com/item/33038683679.html

    It works like in the car, it is good for playing with and installing in home.

    Bluetooth is blocked only for phone connection. I plugged cheap BT dongle to the USB port of the AI box and now I can connect anything including of OBD2.

    What is annoying is autohiding on-screen navigation panel. It would be better make the always visible navigation bar and all apks opening resized in the rest of the screen.

    Generally it is pretty interesting and good working device.
    Hi, i try to flash on ad card the files but i have an Issue of partitino table.
    how can I solve this problem?
     
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    Hi, i try to flash on ad card the files but i have an Issue of partitino table.
    how can I solve this problem?


    this store :

    is oem factory of this ai box ,
    he has a firmware full recovery.img , inside of this box is a recovery flash button
    for flash with allwinner h6 tool
    i have order liitle brother box cp-21 ,from audisource factory( mmb wireless carplay + adapter
    same chipset) ,flashtool works with full rom img
    I asked for a firmware update
    and get the update.zip with flashtool and the recovery.img as a link
    my box:
     

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      You're likely to regret buying one of these buggy greyboxes if Android Auto is what you want.

      Suggest avoiding these hacks and buying a genuine certified Android Auto unit.

      CP boxes are all fine with UROID firmware (https://www.car4play.kr/product-page/uroid). No bugs works perfectly. Btw. there are no 'certified Android Auto unit" for Porsche or other VW group cars and it is uncomparable with full adnroid system in small plug-and-play device. I do not think it is a good idea to change head unit in 100k+ premium car :)
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      I created a new thread especially to collect firmwares:
      1
      so any firmware update should work?
      Normally Yes, Just go to Playstore and Trigger the Playstore protect verification there.
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      It's seems that there is a new version with Android 9 and Wifi 5Ghz...

      or
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      Well done.

      Can you explain what we can use the root for on this device? What advantages can we get.
      Thanx
      The benefit of root as it is known
      1- Control the processor through the kernel-manager program and raise its speed from 1500 MHz to 1800 MHz
      2- Modify the MiuDrive.apk file to add languages that do not exist
      3- Switch between MiuDrive.apk files to try system updates without upgrade_pkg.zip every time
      4- Delete all advertisements in programs through the AdAway.apk program, which needs root
      5- Add car launcher apk and make it work directly after working MiuDrive.apk without my intervention and this needs root
      This is what I remember now
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      Hi I have this version of AI box
      https://www.alibaba.com/product-det...a2756.order-detail-ta-ta-b.0.0.5abb2fc2wCcoEN


      There is also rebranded version from Joyeauto with 4GB RAM, generally it is the same product:
      https://www.joyeauto.com/mmb-multim...-for-the-cars-with-oem-factory-apple-carplay/

      Joyeauto provides also download section for this device, where is a new ROM:

      https://www.dropbox.com/sh/oyjsw7s4q6dmvrm/AADy_yP8FC3JqnIrgjZrK-Gea?dl=0

      Is there anybody who can make custom rooted firmware?

      Btw. It can be plugged to any Android phone/ tablet via Carlinkit Wried CarPlay Smart Link Dongle for Android https://www.aliexpress.com/item/33038683679.html

      It works like in the car, it is good for playing with and installing in home.

      Bluetooth is blocked only for phone connection. I plugged cheap BT dongle to the USB port of the AI box and now I can connect anything including of OBD2.

      What is annoying is autohiding on-screen navigation panel. It would be better make the always visible navigation bar and all apks opening resized in the rest of the screen.

      Generally it is pretty interesting and good working device.
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      ladies and gentlemen. the new carplay box has been released.
      it is a beast! holy moly, thoae chinese went all in on this box.

      3
      It looks a little bit bigger than CP boxes, but still can be hidden somewhere in the car. Would you please measure dimensions? Seller has incorrect info about this (10.8 x 8.9 x 10.4 cm), it does not look 8.9 cm thick.

      Would you confirm that it needs only OTG-USB cable connected to cars’ Carplay port to work? No extra power cable nedded? Does it take GPS and MIC signal from the car or do you need to plug extra devices? Because I see all those accessories at the seller’s page…

      What about Bluetooth settings? Can the phone and OBD2 be connected? What is the quality of calls?

      Is there some car buttons mapper apk installed? Which car buttons works and does not works for you?
      1. See the below picture. It would be correct.

      2.It works only otg-usb. Not necessary any cable to working.

      3.it takes car original gps and mic signal. You don't need to plug extra devices.

      4. You can connect Bluetooth devices. But I don't use phone connection so I don't know the quality of calls

      5. The car buttons work properly maybe.

      I just received few hours ago. I am still working for my family. If you ask more detail(such as video upload), I can solve your questions.

      I used cp600, px6 all of ai box. But this new box is the best for now.
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      Do you get the “Video Instructions” ?

      I just received AI BOX that real android 9.

      I appreciate to you tell us this device. It is indeed faster than android 7 device as you said.

      But it can not support car original GPS. I ask to seller it can be support usb gps such as VK172 something.

      Also, I can found the new seller
      ₩ 261,209 31%OFF | Carplay AI 박스 자동차 멀티미디어 플레이어 BMW 폭스 바겐 메르세데스 벤츠 아우디 볼보 안드로이드 PX6 시스템 4G 32G 쉬운 연결 mirrolor 링크
      This guy is selling the same device only 250 dollars. OMG.
      No, I still have not received the video.

      it seems during the firmware update via USB, CarPlay display does not work so you can’t see any progress or when the firmware upgrade is done.

      I connected a PC monitor on the HDMI output port and could see the android update progress. It takes about 3 minutes and then a message pops up on the screen to remove the USB disk with the update file, once you have done that, AI dongle restarts to the CarPlay screen completing the firmware upgrade process.

      to summaries connect a HDMI monitor to see the progress...Or wait for 5-10 minutes for upgrade to complete while connected to your car power and then disconnect the USB disk (at your own risk).

      And yes this dongle does not pickup car original GPS signal...you need to use the GPS antenna provided with the AI dongle. The android 7 unit does support car original GPS..I guess you can’t have everything.
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