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jlbooth

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Feb 5, 2013
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I didn’t get you ?
which head unit does my device come in
I don’t know the model or brand name
You have a generic unbranded 8227L with a YT9216BJ processor. If your unit was MTCD/E then you would see MTCD or MTCE on the about page that you posted. Posts for non MTCD/E/x go in the Android Head units forum.

To answer your original question, you will need an external dongle to be able use Apple CarPlay with this unit. Be advised that many of the dongle devices on the market often stop working when Apple provides updates to your phone as the dongles are not Apple certified.
 
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You have a generic unbranded 8227L with a YT9216BJ processor. If your unit was MTCD/E then you would see MTCD or MTCE on the about page that you posted. Posts for non MTCD/E/x go in the Android Head units forum.

To answer your original question, you will need an external dongle to be able use Apple CarPlay with this unit. Be advised that many of the dongle devices on the market often stop working when Apple provides updates to your phone as the dongles are not Apple certified.
Is there any way by root i can install and run zlink on it?
 

iagobkstar

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Is there any way by root i can install and run zlink on it?
If Zlink didn't come preinstalled with your radio, then there's absolutely no way you'll get it to work by just installing the apk. Zlink requires hardware, it's not just an app. However, as it was said in this thread, there are USB dongles that can provide wired Android Auto/Carplay capabilities. Search for those on AliExpress.
 

iagobkstar

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They’re reliable ?
I have no idea, as I've never used one. They're rather cheap, about $25:
These dongles don't use the Zlink app. Instead, they use their own app (called AutoKit), so I cannot speak about the performance and features that such app will provide for both Carplay and Android Auto.
 
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abnormalreply

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If Zlink didn't come preinstalled with your radio, then there's absolutely no way you'll get it to work by just installing the apk. Zlink requires hardware, it's not just an app. However, as it was said in this thread, there are USB dongles that can provide wired Android Auto/Carplay capabilities. Search for those on AliExpress.
Is there any way to get wireless android auto on a unit that already supports wired? Wired is supported via the CarLink app.
 

iagobkstar

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Is there any way to get wireless android auto on a unit that already supports wired? Wired is supported via the CarLink app.
I don't think so, unless the manufacturer/CarLink developer eventually decides to include that feature (I don't even know if it's physically possible with the antennas your radio has). Zlink is similar to CarLink, but requires specific hardware in your headunit, so installing it in a headunit where Zlink didn't come preinstalled just won't work.
 

jlbooth

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You can get wireless AA using an app called Headunit Reloaded. It's an inexpensive paid for app. However it works quite well and is developed by recognized XDA devloper @Emil Borconi who also developed a hardware solution AAWireless.

Headunit Reloaded is still being maintained and is updated regularly. It can be purchased on Google Play store. For more info:

Headunit Reloaded:

WirelessAA:
 
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I have no idea, as I've never used one. They're rather cheap, about $25:
These dongles don't use the Zlink app. Instead, they use their own app (called AutoKit), so I cannot speak about the performance and features that such app will provide for both Carplay and Android Auto.
Thanks but they ain’t shipping it in india currently and I’m not sure it will support in future os 🥲
 

hector_yo

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I've bought a tesla style radio from phoenix for my car. The radio has ZLink built in.
When I use Android Auto with it, if I toogle my headlights, google maps does not change between day and night mode.
With the stock radio, Android Auto was working fine.
Is Zlink supposed to detect when to change to night mode?
 

Apollon2

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I can only say for apple carplay via zlink app that it works. There is a setting in zlink for that.
However you should test whether google maps on the head unit (not on the phone!!) does switch between day and night to determine if your canbus delivers that information.
 

graycorgi

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I've bought a tesla style radio from phoenix for my car. The radio has ZLink built in.
When I use Android Auto with it, if I toogle my headlights, google maps does not change between day and night mode.
With the stock radio, Android Auto was working fine.
Is Zlink supposed to detect when to change to night mode?

This only recently started working for me in Zlink. I want to say the 4.0.17 or .19 version was when I noticed it started working. And it still doesn't work 100% - if I turn the car on and the headlights are already on (for example at night time) Zlink still shows map in daytime mode. I have to turn the lights off and back on for it to go to night mode.
 
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iagobkstar

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This only recently started working for me in Zlink. I want to say the 4.0.17 or .19 version was when I noticed it started working. And it still doesn't work 100% - if I turn the car on and the headlights are already on (for example at night time) Zlink still shows map in daytime mode. I have to turn the lights off and back on for it to go to night mode.
It was working for me before that, I'd say it's been working since the first version that came preinstalled with my radio (I believe 4.0.7...? not sure) However, here it's mandatory to use headlights even during daytime in some situations (under bridges, inside tunnels and when driving on a road during maintenance, among others), so I've had it disabled this whole time. Can't say for sure if any update broke it for me, as I've also jumped to 4.0.14 and then 4.0.17 (now 4.0.19 from Malaysk). It was definitely working in 4.0.17 is working in 4.0.19.
 

PaulieP

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To answer your original question, you will need an external dongle to be able use Apple CarPlay with this unit. Be advised that many of the dongle devices on the market often stop working when Apple provides updates to your phone as the dongles are not Apple certified.
Not necessarily true. Doesn't matter if the dongles are apple certified or not as the Chinese have made industries around reverse engineering.

This is no different, the only thing that matters is that you get a dongle that is supported and receives regular updates. Probably the ones that get the most frequent updates, and also happen to be knocked off as well in a bit of irony, are the ones from Carlinkit.

You can find them sold on eBay and on AliExpress with no problem for around 30 bucks. Out of all the dongles, they are well worth it if you get one of the real ones, as the company updates both the client app for your head unit, as well as the firmware on the dongle on a fairly regular basis, nearly all of the other no names you are out of luck if Apple changes or there are showstopper bugs.
 

mike389

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I'm having an issue with my ZLink app as well. The version looks to be 4.0.6, the android auto wireless on the unit was working fine for a while but not only connect sporadically. My phone is the Samsung Galaxy S10+. Does anyone know how I could remedy the issue.

Thanks!
 

ikerg

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Dec 19, 2007
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How do you guys get the android auto wireless feature?
I have a px6 unit and my zlink app (4.0.x) does not shows any possibility for AA wireless.
Which hardware is required? Is a license issue? Perhaps my serial.number is tied to a previous license in which no wireless AA is included?
 

jlbooth

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Not necessarily true. Doesn't matter if the dongles are apple certified or not as the Chinese have made industries around reverse engineering.

This is no different, the only thing that matters is that you get a dongle that is supported and receives regular updates. Probably the ones that get the most frequent updates, and also happen to be knocked off as well in a bit of irony, are the ones from Carlinkit.

You can find them sold on eBay and on AliExpress with no problem for around 30 bucks. Out of all the dongles, they are well worth it if you get one of the real ones, as the company updates both the client app for your head unit, as well as the firmware on the dongle on a fairly regular basis, nearly all of the other no names you are out of luck if Apple changes or there are showstopper bugs.
There's no guarantee that future compatibility will always be there. Apple and Google both have the ability to render any device they deem not certified or "approved" to no longer work. I've seen this happen many times with Android Auto. Google can change things on their end to influence the user experience per user anytime they desire.

They do have to maintain compatibility with the auto makers and brand name head unit makers who pay money to keep both the car radios and the software from the phone side "compatible." There's really no monetary benefit to Apple nor Google to keep their car/phone projection technology working for any of the dongles, apps, and whatever compatible long term.

I agree that, yes you can find dongles and things that might work for the short term but again, there's no guarantee these will work as long as the person buying the devices want them to work.

I guess your mileage may vary. I say, enjoy while it works.
 

iagobkstar

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There's no guarantee that future compatibility will always be there. Apple and Google both have the ability to render any device they deem not certified or "approved" to no longer work. I've seen this happen many times with Android Auto. Google can change things on their end to influence the user experience per user anytime they desire.

They do have to maintain compatibility with the auto makers and brand name head unit makers who pay money to keep both the car radios and the software from the phone side "compatible." There's really no monetary benefit to Apple nor Google to keep their car/phone projection technology working for any of the dongles, apps, and whatever compatible long term.

I agree that, yes you can find dongles and things that might work for the short term but again, there's no guarantee these will work as long as the person buying the devices want them to work.

I guess your mileage may vary. I say, enjoy while it works.

Yet I haven't heard many complaints (other than yours and one other user's - from you two I have found too many) in this forum about such a situation... I understand what you mean, but it seems Zlink has been able to provide stable support for a long time. Even 3.X.XX versions are still fully compatible with wired Android Auto without issues (I tried it myself recently when installing Malaysk rom on my headunit). I'm not accusing you of scaremongering, just that it hasn't happened yet, so perhaps it is not true that Google has any interest in breaking Android Auto.
 

jlbooth

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Feb 5, 2013
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OnePlus 6T
Maybe I'm just outspoken on the topic and I too have wasted money on head units and even an Android Auto dongle that no longer works.

Not that Google would intentionally "break" compatibility for the sake of breaking, but there's no incentive for them or Apple to maintain compatibility. I try to stay realistic on this subject. That's all I'm suggesting and just saying to buy with caution because the purchase could become worthless in short order.

Also Zlink and any of the dongle developers will always be playing catch up with Google and/or Apple. Which I agree that ZLink perhaps has done a better job than most in keeping compatibility.

Words like "scaremongering" have no place on the subject nor in the context of my posts.
 
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