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Author Topic: Android stereo?  (Read 7212 times)

Offline Griff

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Android stereo?
« on: June 24, 2016, 01:07:24 AM »
Has anyone fitted an Android stereo? what do you think of it? Easy to fit? I am thinking of fitting one as it seems to tick all the boxes, bluetooth phone, gps, etc etc.

Tom.

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Re: Android stereo?
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2016, 09:02:46 AM »
Was tempted, until I read all the bad reviews online.  Multiple examples of  poor quality control causing problems and communications thereafter.  The newer (last year or so) Android ones seem to be a big improvement over both older Android and current Win CE ones.  All of the brands (which are only name labels) seem to be built by the same organisation.

If I was going that way, I would do it via a local installer so that I have a viable route for complaint.  That rules it out on price, for me.

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Re: Android stereo?
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2016, 01:28:39 PM »
Thanks for that, seems like I need to do some more research before committing to one.

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Re: Android stereo?
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2016, 05:17:47 PM »
Sorry to jump on this thread, but I'm looking for a double din car stereo for my Ford Galaxy Ghia 2005. 

The car has a pretty basic cassette radio player and is absolute rubbish.  I know it's a long shot, but  I'm wondering is there a double-din car stereo that also gives you the option to add a reverse parking camera?  Preferably an android or similarly advanced stereo would be excellent.
« Last Edit: June 29, 2016, 05:18:31 PM by fordnewbie »

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Re: Android stereo?
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2016, 05:49:23 PM »
been very tempted by this one on  ebay don't blame me if you buy it and it's a load of dung lol

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/222054947762?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

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Re: Android stereo?
« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2016, 11:44:35 PM »
Thanks for your reply Griff.

To be honest they all look the same to me. 

I mean, what's the difference between the one you've shown me and this one??? :- http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/7-HD-2-DIN-In-Dash-Bluetooth-Car-Stereo-Android-GPS-USB-FM-Radio-MP3-MP5-Player-/311642471002?hash=item488f56ba5a:g:FYUAAOSwM4xXbKyU

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Re: Android stereo?
« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2016, 08:44:14 AM »
"Item location" would be a big one for me.  Far better to have a place you can access, if need be.

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Re: Android stereo?
« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2016, 08:54:50 AM »
From personal experience I would avoid the Chinese/Hong Kong cheap ones,I made mistake of buying one for my old Subaru was utter dog s**t radio reception awful,the control was very hit and miss with screen freezing.
As above I would go with a local company so should there be any problems you can take it back. I would also choose a reputable well known make.

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Re: Android stereo?
« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2016, 09:34:24 AM »
My brother is on his second replacement clarion unit
Although he has a pop up display
The Nav unit keeps failing lucky he was just in the initial warranty period said he will have to contact clarion direct from now if there is another issue

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Re: Android stereo?
« Reply #9 on: June 30, 2016, 09:44:12 AM »
Sorry to jump on this thread, but I'm looking for a double din car stereo for my Ford Galaxy Ghia 2005. 

The car has a pretty basic cassette radio player and is absolute rubbish.  I know it's a long shot, but  I'm wondering is there a double-din car stereo that also gives you the option to add a reverse parking camera?  Preferably an android or similarly advanced stereo would be excellent.

Another thing to think about is if you have the ford head unit the facia requires some modding to accept a standard double din unit. https://www.fordmpv.com/smf2/ford-galaxy-reference-library/double-din-unit/msg13667/#msg13667

Also the wiring requires an adaptor if replacement has ISO connectors as ford didn't use them I don't think.
Although mine had vw nav system an issue I had was it needed an inline connector on aerial coax powered from an output from head unit (electric aerial supply) to power up the aerial amplifier.

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Re: Android stereo?
« Reply #10 on: June 30, 2016, 04:11:20 PM »
Thanks very much for your excellent advise guys.

Rather than taking a gamble, is there any android unit that you would recommend that would allow me to add a reverse parking camera and is reliable or is reputable within the forum communities?

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Re: Android stereo?
« Reply #11 on: July 17, 2016, 08:36:29 AM »
I have recently fitted an xtrons android head unit and it has been great. I have it  connected to front and rear cameras. I purchased the dab+ usb add-on as well but the fm radio is perfectly clear.

Here's some pictures.







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Re: Android stereo?
« Reply #12 on: July 17, 2016, 10:58:50 AM »
well blow me down, just took the plunge and ordered an Xtrons unit, this one to be exact, looks like the same unit,
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/142024687155?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

U.K. seller so hopefully will be able to send it back if faulty, good to know it's working well for you, it seems that the quality of these type of units has improved over the last couple of years, will keep the thread updated with  my experiences  with it :)

Quick question, I take it you had to use an iso lead for the Xtrons? any link to the one you used?
Thanks
Tom.
« Last Edit: July 17, 2016, 11:11:52 AM by Griff »

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Re: Android stereo?
« Reply #13 on: July 17, 2016, 12:08:55 PM »
That's the one I've got. Purchased it directly from xtrons website just to be certain of being able to return.

All ready had iso cable as I had double din head unit previously. Got it from ebay search ford galaxy iso lots will come up.

Had a couple of minor issues, not saving settings (wiring problem) and stock music player not working properly from sd card slot (use gps slot)

Let me know if you need more info

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Re: Android stereo?
« Reply #14 on: July 17, 2016, 12:47:41 PM »
thanks for the reply, read somewhere you may have to change the switched live and permanent live if you have settings not saving, is this what your problem was?

Tom.

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Re: Android stereo?
« Reply #15 on: July 17, 2016, 12:51:22 PM »
That's the one. Trace the wire an make sure it's the correct way round. Mine blew the fuse in the fuse box when I cranked up the volume.

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« Last Edit: July 17, 2016, 12:52:15 PM by bonkers »

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Re: Android stereo?
« Reply #16 on: July 23, 2016, 01:10:28 PM »
just a quick update, fitted the stereo and it's working very well, hands free phone calls, sat nav working with google maps, and also downloaded waze a free navigation program which is not bad, other paid for programs may be better with offline maps, radio seems very good, pleased with the sound quality, I use apple music which I downloaded and works well, DvD quality is very good. Took some time setting up and getting used to the operation, so overall I am very pleased with the unit. If I get a chance I will film a video of the unit and put it up.

Tom.

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Re: Android stereo?
« Reply #17 on: July 25, 2016, 02:04:43 PM »
Had to take mine out as my turbo on the galaxy has gone. Getting a VW T5  sometime next week so will be fitting it into that.
 Best sat nav app I've tried is copilot bought this after one journey with the free trial I liked it so much and I already have sygic but copilot is much better on the xtrons.
 If you have or thinking of getting  the dvr front camera try CaroO it's brilliant add a Bluetooth ELM327 OBD2 adapter and it gives lots of info about the vehicle CaroO pro is expensive but worth it.



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Re: Android stereo?
« Reply #18 on: July 25, 2016, 09:59:23 PM »
thanks for the info will give those a shot,clever piece of kit isn't it?

Tom.

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Re: Android stereo?
« Reply #19 on: July 25, 2016, 10:27:02 PM »
As I say mines back in its box along with the rest of my car audio while I wait for my VW but it seems to do all I want it to do. Have you tried the default music player with mp3 tracks on an sd card in the "card" slot? It gave me problems. I swapped the card into the "satnav" slot and everything worked fine.

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Re: Android stereo?
« Reply #20 on: July 26, 2016, 11:12:42 AM »
There is a setting I noticed, I think under storage, which gives the option of  gps or the other for storage I think, dont know if that would help.

Tom

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Re: Android stereo?
« Reply #21 on: July 26, 2016, 02:00:04 PM »
That's what I've had to do, swap cards and changed settings, just wondered if you had same issue?

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Re: Android stereo?
« Reply #22 on: July 26, 2016, 05:24:57 PM »
put an sd card in the sd card slot and it started playing straight away.

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Re: Android stereo?
« Reply #23 on: July 26, 2016, 07:24:07 PM »
Mine played, but the playlist randomly disappears, it would rescan and when it found the music I couldn't select any other track. As I say using gps slot there's no problem, I also installed  power amp app as it is a far better music player again with no problems in either slot.

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Re: Android stereo?
« Reply #24 on: August 20, 2016, 09:33:33 AM »
Brilliant updates guys.

My only issue with this is that this brand seems to be highly complained about on forums and websites.  Is this due to it's quality?

Also couple of questions regarding this stereo:-

1. Does it come with cameras and if not, what do you recommend I purchase?

2. Would it require any extra adapters to install it into a standard Ford Galaxy MK2?

3. Where I live, car theft is pretty high, so how can I secure this stereo, so that it's difficult to take out?

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Re: Android stereo?
« Reply #25 on: August 22, 2016, 10:14:48 AM »
1. Does it come with cameras and if not, what do you recommend I purchase?

my one did not, have a look on the website for a camera, can't vouch for the quality though  http://xtrons.co.uk/   camera is under extras.

2. Would it require any extra adapters to install it into a standard Ford Galaxy MK2?

when you take out the existing radio you will have to file down the lip to allow the new unit to slide in, mucked mine up and had to buy the cage and trim to hide my mistake. You will also need an iso lead, cheap as chips from ebay

3. Where I live, car theft is pretty high, so how can I secure this stereo, so that it's difficult to take out?

the unit does not come with a cage so will just slide in and out, however it is a fairly tight fit, they do sell a cage and trim kit for about 10 but to fit it you will have to take the dash apart

 

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