Honda Connect Android System

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lrthumwood

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Hope someone can help. This year, Honda released the Honda Connect system in their cars, the system runs on the Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4 platform (yeah old I know) although it appears to be completely locked down, no Play store available! You can get into the typical Android settings menu where you can enable 'allow unknown sources', there is even an app available which lets you choose an APK from the USB stick, it will run through the installation routine although never completes. There is a Honda App Store built in although there is only 1 app available (spoilt for choice right!!!)

What kind of security do you think this unit has fitted? Has anyone ever come across something similar? Would love to install poweramp and Spotify so any advice appreciated.

TIA
 

zealucard

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Jan 16, 2009
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Hisden menu

Hello, I'm also interested. Actually, I've juste discovered a hidden menu by holding power+menu+brightness for about 2 seconds. In this menu, we can enable developer mode but apk install is still not possible...
Everything is explain in an other post on piloteers.
 

Climbatize

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Hello, I'm also interested. Actually, I've juste discovered a hidden menu by holding power+menu+brightness for about 2 seconds. In this menu, we can enable developer mode but apk install is still not possible...
Everything is explain in an other post on piloteers.
Unfortunately Honda Connect is not Honda Link, your combination does not work here in Europe. Here we already have an access to Android parameters, but developer menu is missing, and we can't activate it by tapping multiple times on build number :(
 

zealucard

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Jan 16, 2009
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I am french, with a european Honda Connect and it works for me. The menu is just a little bit different.
 

zealucard

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So, I took some photos to show you my Honda Connect system, and the hidden menu by holding power+menu+brightness for 4 seconds (and not 2).
My Honda Connect system :
http : // hpics.li/342c4a3

The hidden menu :
http : // hpics.li/23d3685
http : // hpics.li/3bac620
http : // hpics.li/f7e5764
http : // hpics.li/1c4f99b
http : // hpics.li/3e33ced

P.S. : Sorry but I'm new on this forum and I can't post external link... :(
 

tomzero

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Oct 28, 2006
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Hi guys, I'm also interested.
What's happened when you enable developer options and then connect a laptop with usb cable?
Your laptop recognise this hardware or not?
If you show something new in control panel - device manager, please upload screenshots for us. thx!
 

maximosm

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What android ist when we cant instal apks?Please xda forum hack ,root or help us to install apks in this device.
 

Benchamoneh

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Hi guys, I'm also interested.
What's happened when you enable developer options and then connect a laptop with usb cable?
Your laptop recognise this hardware or not?
If you show something new in control panel - device manager, please upload screenshots for us. thx!

Thanks for the developer menu tip. I have a Civic and CR-V with Honda Connect in the UK, I'll first need to splice together a USB A-A cable but once done I'll connect up a laptop in developer menu and see what we get.
 

BrerBear

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Thanks for the developer menu tip. I have a Civic and CR-V with Honda Connect in the UK, I'll first need to splice together a USB A-A cable but once done I'll connect up a laptop in developer menu and see what we get.
Someone at piloteers.org was able to get adb connection over vi-fi. But still with no success installing custom apk.
How was your experiment with A-A USB cable?
 

daskino

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I am Also very interested. You can mirror link your htc m8/9 phone but it would be better just to use the android itself. It has plenty of power from its Tegra chip. An a/a usb you say. I will buy one
 

mrrocketdog

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Also interested...just got this car and love it but damn I want spotify etc, the android system is a waste otherwise. I will try to push apps but never used adb before anyone got tips? although I have got the car into developer mode through the secret menu.

there may be newer/better guides but this may get you started with adb.
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2225405

"all i can really do is stay out of my own way and let the will of heaven be done"
 

uid6011

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Oct 20, 2015
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There is a update for the Connect system.
Contact me by PM if you know about app certifications... We might have a solution.
 
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wickywicky

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Nov 10, 2014
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honda connect custom apk install?

ANy news on the installs of apks?

i just picked up my Honda HRV with honda connect.

Enable developer mode and ticked the option to install from unsecured sources. Tried from usb install was greyed out. and tried to connect adb over wifi. got it to connect, but when you run the command to install apk it says device is not connected. Needs a reboot of laptop and car for it to connect again.

I looked at all the apps installed/running and theres loads of Fujitsu apps/services install. again options to uninstall/disable are greyed out. i guess the lock down is something to do with that.

I still need to try adb over usb and see if the laptop sees anything.
 

uid6011

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Oct 20, 2015
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Just an idea...
Has someone tried sniffing wifi traffic when upgrading HondaAppCenter or AhaRadio ?
 

how to android

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Nov 3, 2015
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Hello guys i got an hr-v with Honda connect i'm really interested to gain root access , how's things going ? How can i help ?
 

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    In which app?
    Or in all the system apps?
    In makis android auto app. If you go to setting you will se it is set to 60 fps. It's unnecessary, try the 30 fps and I noticed it worked a bit faster with Spotify and in the menu in the android auto app.
    1
    My last discovery: when you attempt to connect phone to Honda Connect via cable and the start button (in enabled MaKi83's Android Auto app) is not active (light blue colour), try to tap the USB icon on the left side of the screen. Even if there is only USB icon (not the name of the connected smartphone), it could help to gain access to the Android Auto features.
    In my case it helps.
    1
    In makis android auto app. If you go to setting you will se it is set to 60 fps. It's unnecessary, try the 30 fps and I noticed it worked a bit faster with Spotify and in the menu in the android auto app.
    Agreed, this makes the app so much more useable!

    I have rigged an old Android and tethered my iPhone to work and the operation works so well. As we know calls come through the original HU but reconnects (at least for me) straight away! @MaKi83 you've done a brilliant job, you really have!

    Also side note, the app icon is great too!
    1
    No. This is not your wrong behaviour.
    As far as I can well remember, MaKi93 wrote some days ago, that it is one of the unsolved problem yet.
    Well it doesn't hurt to share permissions. Just to compare.
    1
    Well it doesn't hurt to share permissions. Just to compare.
    You can see mine here>

    Although I am not passing audio through the app, I am keeping the bluetooth usage apart to send music, etc.
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    Hello Guys,

    Last time I showed you how to install custom application. Now it's time to move on.
    I present you complete solution. Not hardware, but software :)
    I created application which allow you to change process_controls.list and allowed_installations.list direct in your Honda head unit !!
    I note that it works and it has been tested a little in my Honda with android 4.0.4.

    I spent some time working on it, so give me some thanks if you use it.
    I don't expect any payments, but if you would like to send me some beers. I will sent you my paypal address by PM.

    I tested the application only a little. So it could have some bugs. Use it for your own risk.
    Do full backup (in two formats) before you start changing something, there is option for this. I haven't tested restore option yet. It should work, but I'm not guarantee this.
    I don't know what each flags and options in process control mean. I haven't tested this yet. Maybe someone would like to do some manual?

    Warnings:
    1. I'm not responsible for any damage of your head unit. Use it for your own risk.
    2. Don't remove HondaAppCenter_A1.apk from allowed installations, because if something goes wrong you won't be able to install any new applications or new versions.
    3. Be careful with changing version number. If you increase it then updating Honda oryginal applications won't overwrite your changes in process controls.
    If you decrease it then reboot you head unit will overwrite your changes.
    4. Be careful with changing permissions flags in existing packages and applications.
    5. And last be careful when you driving.

    Enjoy!!!
    27
    Hello guys,

    Firstly I would like to thanks all of you who support me by donations and sending beers ;) Special thanks to CMhonda group for their donation.

    Some of you asked me to implement new features to Honda Permissions app. It took me awhile but here it is. New version of Honda Permissions - v 1.1.0

    What's new:
    - Added search functionality in Allowed installations and Process Controls list
    - Added copy action in Process Controls list (now you can create new permission by copy settings from another)
    - Now you can save/restore backup files direct to/from usb device (you can choose any path you want)

    As always: I'm not responsible for any damage of your head unit. Use it for your own risk.

    Enjoy
    19
    Step By Step Tutorial

    Ok Here is a Step by Step Tutorial on how I have been able to install any application on my Honda Connect RC7 .

    Disclaimer: I am not responsible of any damage this could make to your device. Do it at your own risk. The only thing I know is that it worked fine on my RC7 unit… I hope this could help you to install application on your head unit.

    How to check your version :
    Go to the android parameter and click on About this device . You should find Build Number : 0F.095.01.1123. Ok You have the RC7

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    What you need:
    A – Hardware:
    1/ USB OTG Cable - Female A to Micro A ( https://www.sparkfun.com/products/11604 )
    2/ USB A Male To A Male Cable ( https://www.amazon.com/DTOL-Feet-USB-Male-Cable/dp/B000BSJFFC )
    3/ Screwdriver philips ph00

    B – Software:
    1/ iRoot
    2/ Honda Permission from S_Mike

    Here is the files I used: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/hl4egyh1x49y14r/AABd2cZYYzmh6Mt0MPQcE9Mea?dl=0

    Step One: Preparing your computer and the iRoot software.
    Before everything, I have installed the Intel Android Drivers (not sure it is important but …)

    A/install iRoot on your Windows computer
    B/Go to the install directory of iRoot ( in my case this is c:\Program File (x86)\iRoot\ )
    C/There you should find a directory ( in my case this is \1.8.9.21144) which contain kinguser.zip
    D1/ Easy Way : Replace it with the one I have included in my dropbox link.
    D2/ Hard Way : edit the kinguser.zip file and replace the kinguser.apk with the application that you want to inject. In this case we want to inject the Honda Permissions application from S_Mike. I have downloaded the one from cmdroid.com that’s why it is HondaAppCenter_A1.apk. Just rename it as kinguser.apk and replace it in the kinguser.zip

    Step Two: Connecting the device to your computer


    1 – Enable the Developer Option

    A/start the device
    B/Press and hold "MENU"+"Day/Night"(Brightness)+"POWER" button (in this order) for about five seconds until the display changes
    C/Select "Detail Information & Setting"

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    D/Select “Functional Setup”

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    E/Select “Developer Option Enable”

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    F/Select “On” to enable the developer option menu.

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    G/Push Return to come back to the Welcome screen

    2 – Enable the USB Debug mode in the developer option Menu

    A/Go to the Android settings.
    B/Select Developer Options

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    C/Tick USB Debugging. ( I have also tick the Stay awake but I don’t think it would change anything…)

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    3 – Connecting the device to the computer

    A/Flip the screen (push the eject button)
    B/Unscrew the 4 screws which hold the screen

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    C/Get the screen slowly out (it could be tighten but mind the ribbon cable of the screen !)
    D/Hold the screen with one hand and use the other hand get the plastic cache ( just above the ribbon cable) out.

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    E/Use something to support the screen.
    F/ Now that the screen is raised, you can access to the micro USB Type A port.

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    G/Plug your cable in that port

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    Step Three : Inject the Honda Permission application

    A/Start iRoot

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    B/Plug the cable to your computer and you should see

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    C/Wait until this

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    D/Click on Root

    E/Wait ( The sound of your head unit might stop sometimes)

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    F/Now you should have that screen and your unit should restart.

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    G/After restart you should find the Honda Permission installed.

    Step Four : Installing any application

    A/Start Honda Permission
    B/You can Edit the HondaAppcenter_A1.apk (leave your finger on it until the pencil arrives on the top right side of the screen)
    C/replace the “Sig digest sha256” with PREINSTALL value
    This should activate the “HondaAppCenter_A1.apk” BackDoor.

    BUT in my case The Install button was still greyed out…

    Here is my solution:

    A/ Start Honda Permission
    B/Click on the + button in the Allowed Installations menu

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    C/Create a new rule with :
    • APK Name : application.apk
    • Package name:
    • Sig digest sha256 : PREINSTALL

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    D/Now you can install any application that you have renamed application.apk.
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    Installing app on RC7

    Hi everyone,

    I have a European Honda Civic Tourer Executive (who cares ?) latest model with a Honda Connect RC7 (0F.095.01.1123).

    However (thanks to @sobvan) I have ordered a micro-USB-type-A cable and used a USB Male A to Male A cable to connect it to my computer.

    Like sobvan I was able to locate the "allowed_installations.list" file but I wasn’t able to get the root access to modify it.

    So I have tried some application to root it ( Kingoroot, SRSroot,…) without any luck…

    BUT the latest version of iRoot (iRoot_171024.zip) has been able to inject the Kinguser.apk. The app is working fine but isn’t able to root the unit (Anyway I’m not sure that I was looking for a rooted device).

    So I tried to modify iRoot software to inject HondaPermission.apk and it did the trick !

    Simply go to your “\Program File (x86)\iRoot\1.8.9.21144” directory.
    You should find a kinguser.zip file.
    Edit this file with winzip or winrar or whatever.
    Remove the kinguser.apk file.
    Rename your HondaPermission.apk to kinguser.apk and copy it in the kinguser.zip of the iRoot directory.
    Now launch iRoot with your device connected (in debug USB mode !).
    Your unit should reboot and then you should find the Honda Permission installed !

    Now launch Honda Permission and in “Allowed installation” modify the HondaAppcenter_A1.APK rule (leave your finger on it until the pencil arrives on the top right side of the screen) and replace the “Sig digest sha256” with PREINSTALL value.

    And that’s it now you can install applications on the F****ing RC7 version. (I have not tested on the RC8, but it should work)

    Big thanks to sobvan who found the port and the iRoot team for their great software.
    10
    Some of you have posted in the past about wanting to mirror their phone to the HU.
    Up to now, no one seems to have achieved it very successfully, if at all.

    However, now there's a way. Using TeamViewer.

    Install THIS app on the phone (TeamViewer Host for Android)
    If you have a Samsung phone, there's a TeamViewer Host for Samsung HERE

    Then install THIS on the Honda HU, renaming the file, obviously, to HondaAppCenter_A1.apk to be able to install it.

    Run the Host on the phone and the Remote Control on the HU to connect to the phone. You need to be connected via WiFi Hotspot of course.
    Tilt phone Landscape. You can now see and control phone from HU screen, including running any apps on phone on the HU, even Google Maps.

    Working for me so far. Hope this helps anyone interested.