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    Quote Originally Posted by dlbogdan View Post
    Wouldn't it be so awesome if android would let you embed external activities (Apps) in your own? That way you could just build the UI with hardware car controls and maybe music player and settings and in a "canvans" in the center of the screen you'd have external apps running (like waze).
    Sad that it's not possible.
    I am struggling with exactly that issue. I am new to android and have my own simple apk up for a new Nexus 7 2013 which is a launcher for several standalone apps (e.g. Waze, SDR Touch and Torque Pro). I really want to be able to have either running in the background - in other words playing FM music or tracking performance data - while using Nav (courtesy of Waze). Has anyone figured out how to get this done? So far, it seems like I have to stay single threaded or rewrite each of these as a service, which is a ton more code than I was planning.

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    Hi,
    I have a installation problem in my Asus Fonepad and in my Cubieboard and Minix X7; the system ahowm me this message:
    Error in the package.

    I have build different skin many times ago, if you want we can work together.

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    Riko

    Thanks for the input.

    I know it's been a while since I've posted any updates, I've given up on the tablet, it just has too many problems. I have ordered a UDOO and am waiting for it to ship. Once I have that, I plan on diving back into the code.
    If anybody is wanting to contribute code, the best thing is to use my Github and fork the project, make your changes and then submit a pull request

    If you make some nice changes, I'd be happy to review them and add them into the main source.

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    Is this still being developed did you get the udoo seteup is there working touchscreens for it? Have been thinking of getting a dev board for android car pc and found this thread.

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    Still under heavy development. I have my Udoo board and it's working pretty good. Right now my dev work is done with an Arduino Due and a Nexus 7. Basically the same as the Udoo. I had initially done communication between the two fia a FTDI driver, but when I switched to the Due (Udoo) I needed to rewrite a large chunk of code to make use of Android Open Accessory mode. Still has bugs, some that I can't fix, but I'm still plugging away at it.

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    Oh that's good to know. My new system is based on a Nexus 7 2013 and Arduino Due which i'm still in the process of building/coding. I would really like to see your implementation of the two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eric_f View Post
    Still under heavy development. I have my Udoo board and it's working pretty good. Right now my dev work is done with an Arduino Due and a Nexus 7. Basically the same as the Udoo. I had initially done communication between the two fia a FTDI driver, but when I switched to the Due (Udoo) I needed to rewrite a large chunk of code to make use of Android Open Accessory mode. Still has bugs, some that I can't fix, but I'm still plugging away at it.
    Awesome news, Wondering do you plan to have it so you can pin any app to the home screen rather than having to open the application launcher then browse for the app? Also with navigation is there anyway to change the default app personally I use tomtom. Great app and heaps of potential will be fun to play around with ariduno stuff.

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    Hadn't thought about pinning apps to the home screen, but with the recent changes I made it should be pretty easy to setup. You would setup any of the buttons to launch whatever app you want. In fact, I'll try and get that going sooner rather than later. It won't embed it, but open it normally.
    As for changing nav software, I really don't know. Unless they provide an API to hook into, embedding it won't be easy, and not something I would do. But with the app pinning, it would be easy to make the "Nav" button open tomtom directly.

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    Sounds good doesn't really need to embed as the app acts like a launcher so the main home button takes you back to the apps home screen anyway. being able to pin any app and label it will make changing the nav software a breeze I am using an odroid- u2 with android kitkat this is going to make an awesome car pc. May look into a udoo to give me the ariduno function down the track at some point.

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    bluc. It's done. New APK pushed. I'm sure I'll find some errors and things that need improving, but that goes for the entire project

    I'm going to look into adding some icon packs so you have more choices, but for now you're stuck with the dozen that are already there. But, you don't have to have the built in nav at all, and reuse the icon to open your tomtom app. Should work nicely.

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