CarPlay AI Box - "Android headunit" dongle?

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Andason74

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hello, is it possible to install the "bluetooth gps" app from the app store to use an external gps bluetooth antenna like the GARMIN GLO?
from most peoples findings, you will need to buy cheap usb bluetooth dongle and insert into the device usb. Then go to settings and turn on. Then some devices can connect. Unsure of support of all devices though.
 

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from most peoples findings, you will need to buy cheap usb bluetooth dongle and insert into the device usb. Then go to settings and turn on. Then some devices can connect. Unsure of support of all devices though.

thanks for reply. I think the MMB i ordered has only 1 usb for connecting to the car:


So I would need an external gps connected via bluetooth.
 

Andason74

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most of these units only have 1 usb. but you would need the bt dongle to plug into the box so it can speak with external gps unit. Or most units come with a gps box that can wire up to car fairly easy.
 

Andason74

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Magisk Rom
 

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0l1ve

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I haven't had luck with the bt dongle and my obd. The bt dongle is from TRUST. I use the adw2 launcher to enter the Bluetooth setting which shows as disable. When I enabled it I connect it to the bt dongle. But going to the launcher and going back to the bt setting it says Disabled again. But I think the bt is however enabled and connected.
Then I tried different apps to see if it can't connect to the obd dongle. It was able to find it but connecting just hangs.

I will need to spend more time on it soon again.

Hi,

I notice that you were using the box with Ioniq car.
Did you test ABRP already ?

If yes, does it work fine and retrieve battery status ?

Thanks.
 

Andason74

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I am using the rom provided by [USER = 11464903] jayck li [/ USER].
which launcher are you using
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I think it is called mac
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Sto usando la rom fornita da [USER = 11464903] jayck li [/ USER].
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SonicSpinner

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Hi,

I notice that you were using the box with Ioniq car.
Did you test ABRP already ?

If yes, does it work fine and retrieve battery status ?

Thanks.

Hi, I have installed abrptransmiter directly on my headunit. Then I have installed abrp apk on yjr box. The app opens and it can find GPS from box no need for external GPS. And also it gets battery status too from the transmitter.
 
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Andason74

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Can you remove the navigation bar?
do you mean floating navigation buttons? If so, then you can install other launcher and make it default home and reboot. But first, I install "my gesture" to give me method to navigate.

I have not fully uninstalled previous launcher though. I think maybe it helps set priority of android box for audio vs car stereo. My 3rd party launcher will continue to have car radio playing.
 

jayck li

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do you mean floating navigation buttons? If so, then you can install other launcher and make it default home and reboot. But first, I install "my gesture" to give me method to navigate.

I have not fully uninstalled previous launcher though. I think maybe it helps set priority of android box for audio vs car stereo. My 3rd party launcher will continue to have car radio playing.
I use other launchers to enter, there is no wifi and bluetooth, gps, I have to enter the previous launcher, and then return to the new launcher to have wifi and bluetooth, return to the new launcher, where is the floating navigation bar, Can't get rid of
 

Andason74

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I use other launchers to enter, there is no wifi and bluetooth, gps, I have to enter the previous launcher, and then return to the new launcher to have wifi and bluetooth, return to the new launcher, where is the floating navigation bar, Can't get rid of
similar as me also then for audio control. i did not test bluetooth. I think there must be some settings tied with launcher. But, my wifi works on different launcher, but I have to re=enter password on reboot.
 

jayck li

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similar as me also then for audio control. i did not test bluetooth. I think there must be some settings tied with launcher. But, my wifi works on different launcher, but I have to re=enter password on reboot.
If you use other desktops, you need to re-enter the password for wifi, and neither Bluetooth nor GPS is needed. It will only be displayed after returning to the original launcher
 

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