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Re: Android CAR PC

Fri Aug 08, 2014 6:42 am

priusfan wrote:Bonjour,
About the use of an external USB GPS:

You will need a specific application for instance this one.

I have no ideas how canion will react with this setup...
I am waiting for your feedback.

Xavier


Thanks! :D

This is a new frontier for me, I didn't catch the Android wave years ago and now catching up. Mostly just for CanIon but I am finding other benefits. Currently, I am taking classes at work to learn how to program Android. I am a c# developer, so the language bits are not new - it is mostly learning the framework and where stuff goes.

I will keep you up to date as I get my adapters and finish the installation.

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Re: Android CAR PC

Fri Nov 07, 2014 12:31 am

Bonjour
I use now in the iOn an android 2 Din HU.
canion works perfectly, waze also and I can use BT tethering.
see details on XDA

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Re: Android CAR PC

Tue Mar 03, 2015 12:00 pm

So I caught the bug again and want to tackle this. Originally (this time around) the plan was to use a Windows 8.1 tablet as the radio (especially since I standardized my music to work with Windows Media Player), but after a comparison I found that Android has some key features that pull everything together. Mainly, those are CaniOn, Steering wheel controls via Pebble Watch, and (hopefully) auto music pause when the car is turned off.

Those of you using tablets, how has that been working out? Which tablet fits the opening of the OEM 2-DIN trim the best?
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Re: Android CAR PC

Sat Mar 14, 2015 2:59 am

These android HU's have now been upgraded to KitKat 4.4.4.

Usability has improved quite a bit and Canion 125 works a treat....

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Re: Android CAR PC

Tue Mar 31, 2015 11:36 am

I did a test fit of my Acer Iconia A500 last night. It fits pretty well in the dash opening, but is not going to fit the 2-din trim. I'll have to get creative to give it a finished look.

The pros of using the A500:
1. Larger screen is easier to see and use.
2. Separate power and (full-size) USB ports.
3. Already own it and don't use it much.
4. Works well playing music with CaniOn open.
5. With Full-size USB, it is easy to incorporate SDRTouch FM radio (no head unit needed, just a line amp to drive speakers).

Cons:
1. No existing dash trim option. I'll have to fabricate something myself.
2. Fingerprints Galore!
3. May not be fast enough to handle some tasks (it is a 4 year old tablet).

Some pictures and a quick demo.
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/hbu2ifqk5xzr ... XylTa?dl=0

What would be a good material to form the trim with? How would painted Lexan fare?
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Re: Android CAR PC

Tue Mar 31, 2015 3:18 pm

Awesome ! And sweet Music btw ;)

Can't help on the fixes.
Is it going to be permanent or temp?
Before you cut the dash, you might want to figure out if you want a faster cheap cell or another Tablet.
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Re: Android CAR PC

Wed Apr 01, 2015 4:24 am

Thanks.

The plan was to be a permanent (but removable) option. I don't need to modify the dash itself, just fabricate a trim piece to fill in the gaps and make it look complete. The line amp and SDR receiver will fit in the void behind the tablet.

I doubt I'll ever run navigation and CaniOn at the same time, and if I do need both, I have my phone or a Garmin for nav. It can run CaniOn 118 (before we could turn off certain screens) and music while being controlled by a Pebble watch with no problem, and that should be the most intensive usage it'll see, so speed shouldn't be an issue most of the time.

The appeal of using this tablet is that I already have it and don't have to buy yet another piece of technology (already own two plus a tablet from work).
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Re: Android CAR PC

Wed Apr 01, 2015 6:04 am

I have a Tobshiba Thrive that I bought a few years ago with the intent of having my Daughter use it for reading books on line.

But the only thing we use it for is to play Angry Birds when the Electricity goes out

:)
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Re: Android CAR PC

Mon Apr 06, 2015 6:05 am

I got the trim piece mostly done this weekend. I also got the power supply hooked up, so it is functional. I have the tablet set to wake up and unlock when the car is started (actually just a disabled lock screen and setting screen timeout for 30 minutes), and have it go to sleep when the car is turned off (screen timeout set to 15 seconds when power is disconnected). Originally, I was just enabling/disabling the lock screen with Impel automated tasks, but the tablet was locking/unlocking 3 times when starting the car :lol: . Using screen timeout settings and enabling the option to keep screen on while charging works better.

Some pix:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/pm3u3nbihm5h ... WNSWa?dl=0

I still have to:
Order the SDR dongle and amp
Decide on/order a subwoofer (anybody know of a sub that will fit in the secret compartment in the back of the i-MiEV?)
Fabricate vent trim piece
Smooth trim edges
Paint the trim
Find a cover for the tablet screen.
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Re: Android CAR PC

Thu Apr 09, 2015 12:29 pm

PV1 wrote:....I doubt I'll ever run navigation and CaniOn at the same time,....


Bonsoir,
I tried waze & canion, switching from one to the other one without any trouble on my HU during 30 minutes...

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