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borba0

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First impressions: it works! I've got an interaction with my Honda via USB cable. Still impressed, WOW
Maki
The app recognize only device with vendor id google. If you enable usb debug on phone the vendor id should be 18D1 (it means google device because of adb). Have you usb debug enabled? You can find it in device manager on windows (or lsusb in unix)
First look: it works! I've been able to connect my SGS20 to HU and interact with my screen! WOW! Also Google Assistant asks me, what I want to do! MaKi83, great job! Thanks a lot!
Some troubles (first version would not cooperate with AndroidAuto app in my smartphone), but now for some minutes of using I'm just happy!
One remarks: to start app working, it is (in my case) necessary to run the car (engine on). In other conditions, the app will not start to connect with the smartphone.
 
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OK, some more remarks:
As I wrote, to run in proper way, it should be the first to start app (with engine on), then connect smartphone.
I suppose, it is not clear, but ticking all checkbox as "marked" could kill the proper way of working this app.
It was necessary to uninstall app, check the rest with CClean and install once more.
After that, sometimes it is normal, that app hang on and nothing you can do with your smartphone.
But when it starts, it going!
As I was awaiting, when the ignition is off, also AA is off. As now, I can say, it could not start again (start button is inactive).
But of course, Google Maps works perfect.
It was curiously, that saying "OK Google", system (I think) was ready to react, but today it was not to much time to check all these functions.
Of course, I'm very sorry for my "spam" in this thread ;)
 

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OK, some more remarks:
As I wrote, to run in proper way, it should be the first to start app (with engine on), then connect smartphone.
I suppose, it is not clear, but ticking all checkbox as "marked" could kill the proper way of working this app.
It was necessary to uninstall app, check the rest with CClean and install once more.
After that, sometimes it is normal, that app hang on and nothing you can do with your smartphone.
But when it starts, it going!
As I was awaiting, when the ignition is off, also AA is off. As now, I can say, it could not start again (start button is inactive).
But of course, Google Maps works perfect.
It was curiously, that saying "OK Google", system (I think) was ready to react, but today it was not to much time to check all these functions.
Of course, I'm very sorry for my "spam" in this thread ;)
Glad to know it's working.
I know there are many things that should be fixed, first of all the management of usb device. But the android version we have really sucks.
To be honest I've never tested the app with engine off, so I have nothing to say. But have you checked if, with engine off, the phone is in charge? (just to know if the usb port is working).
The headunit, at least in my HRV, doesn't have microphone so the assistant cannot work. If you say "OK google" and it reacted I think was the smartphone.
 

borba0

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Thanks, MaKi83, for your fast answer.
You got microphone in your headunit because of the bluetooth answering system in Honda Connect ;)
Of course, when the key is in first position in your ignition switch, smartphone is in charge and usb port is also working.
Now, I wonder, how to play youtube from Android Auto?
I could not to find how to prepare shortcut on my HU?
And in smartphone also can not find this one.
 
Honda connect use the phone's microphone to answer call via hfp protocol, the app don't use it so it cannot access smartphone microphone.
Youtube on androidauto is not permitted by google (youtube doesn't have an androidauto interface), only youtube music. There are other apps to see youtube videos on androidauto like CarTube
 

borba0

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OK.
MaKi83, I'm so very, very, very thankful, that you do it!
The most important thing, which I just confirmed, is SMS text on the screen!
With all infos from smartphone, including photo of contact, stored in smartphone.
You are great!
Of course, there is malfunction, in my opinion, because when someone is calling, the app is under phone app (visible on the top bar on the HC screen), but I could not to restore it to normal functionality. Is this possible? Or maybe I cannot to find, how to?
 

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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.
 

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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!
 
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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!
Can you give me the permissions you use? Because mine doesn't reconnect after a phone call. Maybe I'm doing something wrong? 😅
 

emilic

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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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Do pay attention... I did have some issues with other apps and it tuned out that I had not put the same package and process name... i had a typing error on one of them... and bim that screws up your configuration.
 

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    MaKi83, thanks for the brilliant work you are doing making this AA for the Honda Radios. I am running your latest I believe (14th Apr 22).​


    My comments are similar to others so I won't repeat too much.
    - Connecting requires as stated the double acceptance and can have an issue if it fails. I've found closing all on TM and starting again with the phone plugged in first fixes the issue.
    - Some level of lag when moving up and down the screen etc which i expect is hardware and android version but wanted to state just the same.
    - I do have a mic, FK2. Is there anyway in which you're able to enable mic pickup for calls as usually I have hands free via the Honda connect but lose it with the AA.

    Info: FK2 Radio VRC6

    Again thanks for the work man, you're doing us all a massive solid!
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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!!!
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    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
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    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.
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    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.