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yuri76

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Guys the Apple Pie MINI (UX999) arrived today and i wanted to share some pics and videos.
I you want a special video of something please let me know, i will add it to my Playlist.

Overall a great device, small and as fast as the QM8888.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLExRsb-zdKqs3qR0e_KGb1ttKVYRlN6x9

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Darkstorm87

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Hello, my car smart box 4gb/64gb cp600 starts every time. Flashes first briefly in succession and then in a longer interval. Then it lights up for 1sec green and red and he restart again. Is there anything I can do ?(Worked for one month)
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афtalyst

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Hello, I'm looking for android head unit for E-golf, but found this AI boxes. I would like to ask you for advice, with one are best?
Do i need to install something like this boxes:
Exploter 2021 Carplay Ai Qualcomm 8-Core 4gb + 64Gb 278e (DDR4)
QM8888 4 + 64G 260e (DDR4)

Or it will bi enough with this kind of "dongles":
Carplay Mini Android Box UX999 212E (DDR4)

Where are there difference? What will be better QM8888 or UX999? What about embedded in GPS receiver? It will be okay if box will be located in middle console glove box(under arm holder)? Or may be there is possibility to install some external GPS antenna?

Thanks you very much for your advice.
 

LwannaCM

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Hello, I'm looking for android head unit for E-golf, but found this AI boxes. I would like to ask you for advice, with one are best?
Do i need to install something like this boxes:
Exploter 2021 Carplay Ai Qualcomm 8-Core 4gb + 64Gb 278e (DDR4)
QM8888 4 + 64G 260e (DDR4)

Or it will bi enough with this kind of "dongles":
Carplay Mini Android Box UX999 212E (DDR4)

Where are there difference? What will be better QM8888 or UX999? What about embedded in GPS receiver? It will be okay if box will be located in middle console glove box(under arm holder)? Or may be there is possibility to install some external GPS antenna?

Thanks you very much for your advice.
Buy the UX999 its the latest and fast enough. QM8888 is the hardware specswise (hardware/software) the same. QM8888 comes with external GPS Antenna. UX999 has a built in. Both of them can also use your cars GPS. i have am passat b8 and my glovebox under the armholder is to small to fit QM8888 with the long cable. UX999 no problem. hope this helps.
 

афtalyst

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Buy the UX999 its the latest and fast enough. QM8888 is the hardware specswise (hardware/software) the same. QM8888 comes with external GPS Antenna. UX999 has a built in. Both of them can also use your cars GPS. i have am passat b8 and my glovebox under the armholder is to small to fit QM8888 with the long cable. UX999 no problem. hope this helps.
Thanks you for advice, will order it soon. Have a good day.
 
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DAP56

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Buy the UX999 its the latest and fast enough. QM8888 is the hardware specswise (hardware/software) the same. QM8888 comes with external GPS Antenna. UX999 has a built in. Both of them can also use your cars GPS. i have am passat b8 and my glovebox under the armholder is to small to fit QM8888 with the long cable. UX999 no problem. hope this helps.
LwannaCM: my Apple pie mini came, it’s fantastic. Looks like it was made for my Audi. I’m running Escort Live, an app that pairs with my radar detectors - and I cannot get the app to display in portrait mode so that I can get to the settings to pair with the radar detector. Do you have any suggestions on how I could get that app to rotate into portrait mode? See my pictures below.
here’s what I have tried:
1. Downloaded and tried all free rotation managers from google play. I looks like the app starts in portrait, but as soon as I get past the splash screen it rotates back to landscape.
2. Pair with the radar detector in Bluetooth settings (didn’t help, I still need to share my WiFi with it in the app settings that are only accessible in portrait mode.
3. Made the fonts as small as possible in the system settings
4. Turned on and off the rotation controls on the drop down menu.
Anyone have any suggestions?
 

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LwannaCM

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LwannaCM: my Apple pie mini came, it’s fantastic. Looks like it was made for my Audi. I’m running Escort Live, an app that pairs with my radar detectors - and I cannot get the app to display in portrait mode so that I can get to the settings to pair with the radar detector. Do you have any suggestions on how I could get that app to rotate into portrait mode? See my pictures below.
here’s what I have tried:
1. Downloaded and tried all free rotation managers from google play. I looks like the app starts in portrait, but as soon as I get past the splash screen it rotates back to landscape.
2. Pair with the radar detector in Bluetooth settings (didn’t help, I still need to share my WiFi with it in the app settings that are only accessible in portrait mode.
3. Made the fonts as small as possible in the system settings
4. Turned on and off the rotation controls on the drop down menu.
Anyone have any suggestions?

Only this App can really force rotation:
Lock the Orientstation in the pulldown notification Menu. This should definitly Work, even If the App doesn't Support Landscape.
 

Darkstorm87

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I can't find a working driver for the car smart box (cp600 4gb/64gb) It no longer boots up as described above. Connected to the PC with the paper clip in the hole. Then lights green/red and stays in that mode. But still can't get access to it. Does anyone else have a USB driver or another idea? The program adb universal driver also does not recognize the device
 

Andason74

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I can't find a working driver for the car smart box (cp600 4gb/64gb) It no longer boots up as described above. Connected to the PC with the paper clip in the hole. Then lights green/red and stays in that mode. But still can't get access to it. Does anyone else have a USB driver or another idea? The program adb universal driver also does not recognize the device
do you leave paper clip in hole depressed for about 45 seconds until second windows "chime" detects unit? Do that with the phoenix software in start mode with .img already selected.
 

Darkstorm87

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also, just note, i found problems using phoenix usb in windows 11. I had to use pc with windows 10.

also, just note, i found problems using phoenix usb in windows 11. I had to use pc with windows 10.
Windows recognizes the device as usb device vid_1f3a_pid_efe8 nothing more. Driver uninstalled and the folder phonexsuite specified as usb driver it then also installs a driver but the result usb device vid_1f3a_pid_efe8 is the same. Windows 10 is installed
 

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    help me, can't use touch,apple pie ux-999View attachment 5408537
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    New 07-31-2021 firmware for QM8888/UX999:

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    Firmware for Carplay AI Boxes (Qualcomm/Rockchip/Allwinner) Android 7/9

    This thread is created to provide/maintain firmwareupdates and discuss problems/bugs of firmwares for Carplay AI Boxes (Qualcomm/Rockchip/Allwinner) Android 7/9.
    If you have any new firmwares please PM and i will pin it in the main thread. If you post questions, be sure to tell the others, which one you are using --> See boxes below



    Qualcomm based Android 9 AI Box (ApplePie & ApplePie Mini):

    ApplePie Mini (UX999)
    ----New----

    applepiemini3.png
    applepiemini2.jpg

    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005002996407751.html?spm=5261.ProductManageOnline.0.0.1a154edfDg6h0R

    ApplePie (QM8888)
    ---predecessor to ApplePieMini---

    2021-07-08 22_46_31-NAVLYNX ApplePie CarPlay Android Box _ CarPlay AI Box _ MMB Android Box (Q...png
    2021-07-08 22_46_07-NAVLYNX ApplePie CarPlay Android Box _ CarPlay AI Box _ MMB Android Box (Q...png

    https://de.aliexpress.com/item/1005002504763314.html?spm=a2g0s.9042311.0.0.655c4c4dqiApNU


    Latest firmwares for QM8888 & UX999:
    2021-08-21
    2021-08-17
    2021-08-10
    2021-08-05 (MD5-Hash: 252791A2ABE32EBCE013454455A9D6E1)
    2021-08-03 (MD5-Hash: 3056C00B3434FDE008A7C51A355CA36C)
    2021-07-31 (MD5-Hash: 1680B2A2785C2EAE78D48CD4A488E6D6)


    Firmware Archive (permalinks)
    AndroidFilehost
    Yandex Repository

    Misc links:
    Youtube Videos of the Device (Please Click)

    Telegram-Channel for Discussion (Please Click)

    Manual for ApplePieMini UX999
    Manual for QM8888


    Step by Step Upgrade Procedure

    Comparisons:
    Comparison.png
    IMG_20210722_112700_724.jpg

    IMG_20210722_112733_738.jpg





    Allwinner Chipset based Android 9 AI Box (CP600P 4/32&4/64):
    ----New----
    2021-07-08 22_43_54-Carplay Ai Box Android Box Auto Multimedia Player Neue Version 4 + 32G Wir...png

    https://de.aliexpress.com/item/1005001820613084.html?spm=a2g0o.productlist.0.0.7dc048daYrfcM0&algo_pvid=9edb6706-bdfc-4919-9741-a56534498ab7&algo_exp_id=9edb6706-bdfc-4919-9741-a56534498ab7-0

    Beware: there are a lot of fake products based on the CP600 with Allwinnerchipset, which have a fake Android 9.


    Latest firmwares:
    2021-07-21
    2021-07-13 (ROOTED) Thanks to localos
    2021-07-05 (Upgrade & RecoveryImage)
    2021-06-28
    2021-06-19 (Upgrade & RecoveryImage or 2021-06-19
    2021-06-04



    Rockchip based Android 9 AI Box:
    2021-07-08 22_49_23-Carplay AI Box Radio Upgrade Für Mercedes Benz E lass W212 2017 2020 Andro...png

    https://de.aliexpress.com/item/1005002449034431.html?spm=a2g0o.productlist.0.0.4dd831faAIkqhg
    Latest firmwares:​



    Allwinner Chipset based Android 7 AI Box (CP600 4/32):
    -----deprecated-----

    (there is an older on one with 2/32 and the firmware should work here too):
    2021-07-08 22_45_08-MMB USB Wireless Carplay AI Box 4 + 32G Multimedia Player Spiegel Link Wir...png
    2021-07-08 22_45_47-Für Volvo S60 S90 XC60 XC40 XC90 V60 V90 2019 2021 4G + 64G Apple Carplay ...png
    2021-07-08 22_55_35-Carplay Wireless 4 + 32G Carplay AI Box Für Android Version Media Box Für ...png

    https://de.aliexpress.com/item/1005001419749185.html?spm=a2g0s.9042311.0.0.27424c4dFytKUG

    Latest firmwares:
    2021-05-21 (Rooted with Magisk!)
    2021-05-18
    2021-04-08 (UROID) Thanks to SonicSpinner (other UROID Firmwares are posted below)
    2021-03-11
    2021-01-26
    2020-12-17

    --> or Yandex Repository

    --> or
    UROID Firmwares from Kaptrader



    Update procedure is mostly the same on all boxes:

    NOTE: (do not power off the MMB box during the upgrade process)
    1. Preparation:
    2. Unpack the downloaded zip and place the unpacked Update.zip into the root of a sd card/usb drive
    3. Rename the OTA upgrade file to update.zip or upgrade_pkg.zip (for CP600);
    4. After the MMB system detects the upgrade package, the screen will show a screen to upgrade. According to the point, select [Upgrade Now]
    5. The system will automatically copy the OTA upgrade file to the MMB box
    6. After the copy is completed, the system will restart and install (MMB box indicator light effect: red flashing)
    7. After installation is complete, the program will be loaded (MMB box indicator light effect: blue flashing)
    8. After the start up is complete, you will enter the main interface of the MMB box (MMB box indicator light effect: blue)


    If you want to completly factoryreset a device you can try the following PINs:

    0808
    2691
    0312



    If you encounter any problems please contact your seller and tell them your head unit (version).
    Not all car manufactures have implemented the carplay service correctly, so consider also updating your head unit on next service or contact you dealer for it.

    General discussions about these boxes are found here:
    https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/carplay-ai-box-android-headunit-dongle.4196931/


    Im not responisble for the provided firmwares and i am not a developer, so don´t ask me questions to releasenotes or request features! i
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    can I get the steps again on how to apply the firmware update on the Qm8888 apple pie box?

    I tried the general steps at the start of this thread but my qm8888 just boots up as per normal
    How to upgrade the firmware for ApplePie:

    Obtain the firmware upgrade package, the file named "update.zip", the file size is about 1.35G, copy update.zip to the TF card (directly in the root directory, no need to build a folder), no need to decompress, Then insert the upgrade card. The upgrade card does not have to be a blank card, and it does not have to be an upgrade file, that is, the TF card you use every day can be used as an upgrade card.

    The system detects that there is an upgrade file in the card, a pop-up window will ask whether to upgrade, immediately (within 20 seconds) click the "Cancel" button to cancel the upgrade operation, please pull out the upgrade card; if you click "OK" or do nothing ( Wait 20 seconds for the timeout", the system will enter the upgrade operation.

    First, copy the upgrade file to the internal storage space. The copy progress will go from 0% to 100%. After the copy is completed, the system will pop up a window prompting that it will automatically restart. At this point, you can observe the red indicator light of the box. When it starts to flash, you can already pull out the upgrade card. The remaining steps will be completed automatically. You just need to wait to enter the ApplePie interface again.

    The entire upgrade process takes about 10 minutes.

    Note: It is best not to power off during the upgrade process, and do not pull out the TF card during the process of copying the upgrade file to the internal memory. Of course, if the above situation occurs, ApplePie will not be damaged, and it will work normally after restarting. It's just that your upgrade process was cancelled this time, and the normal upgrade cannot be completed.
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    new update for qualcomm applepie from 09-06-2021

    I got the 10-6-2021 version for Qualcomm Applepie Box:

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    New update 07-26-2021 for QM8888/UX999: