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    Android solutions... mimics, appradio2, or tablet

    Hi this is my first post but I've intermittently watched this site for what seems like almost a decade now. Further background, I have the fabrication skills to make almost anything physical happen. Im fair with electronics and lacking at programming. The problem is I've gone military and my current lifestyle doesnt allow me to use too many of my fabrication skills. (Imagine going from a well build garage with almost every tool you need, to a few small basics for emergency maintenance)
    Well I'm sold hook line and sinker that google is going to come out on top in today's tech war and thats where I want to go with my car info system. I recently picked up a 04 vehicle I'll need a music overhaul that includes amplification to factory speakers without using oem stereo parts and preferably a few gigs of storage at the least and access to spotify (most likely by using my mobile hotspot on the phone) I want a backup camera and a nav system. Hands free communication is also on the list but not critical. Now there are dozens of ways to do this but after much thought Ive decided I do not want to be stuck with a unit that will age and become quickly dated to do lack of factory software upgrades or support for apps. To bring this full circle, Im choosing android as my platform as I believe I have the best chance of being to adapt it to future needs without relying on a manufacturer.

    Feel free to suggest any options I havent found yet but right now its looking like:
    Pioneer's Appradio 2
    http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PU...+2+(SPH-DA100)
    Good looking system but it looks like there is a lot of proprietary software and I may get stuck on my own trying to improve it

    Mimics android (which is on the way here eventually)
    This should easily expand to any future phone or tablet which is great but I'd need to figure out sound amplification and video control

    Mounting an Asus Transformer Prime
    A lot of custom work on my side and probably most expensive but I'd have the tablet as well, not just a "head unit", also will have MAXIMUM community software help

    All comments, suggestions, thoughts requested and welcome, with the exception of an apple/iphone debate plz. Thanks

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    There are x86 android builds tailored for Eee netbooks. This would give you all the hardware flexibility you could ask for and allow you to use android as the OS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unorthatrox View Post
    Mimics android (which is on the way here eventually)
    This should easily expand to any future phone or tablet which is great but I'd need to figure out sound amplification and video control
    For the audio/vidio as long as the phone/tablet has HDMI you can just strip the audio out in analog format and conect that to the amp and the video just go through to an HDMI enabled screen. You get all the same apps as a tablet install would give (most anyway) and your phone will have data already. and its alot easier to install a 7" LCD since there are plenty of DBL Din kits.

    Quote Originally Posted by unorthatrox View Post
    Mounting an Asus Transformer Prime
    A lot of custom work on my side and probably most expensive but I'd have the tablet as well, not just a "head unit", also will have MAXIMUM community software help
    Would be great but harder to install and either need to Tether to phone every time you get in (there are some auto tether apps I think) or pay for a second data conection.

    Just what I have come up with since going from PC on my old car to trying to get the mimics module since november :-P for the new car.
    Dave

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    Personally, I wouldn't go with a headless setup. A head unit is too valuable, and offers a lot of connectivity options, eq options, hard buttons, volume, fade control etc. And a single din does not take up much space. I went with a headless setup in the past and it was a pain! Plus if the computer wasn't working (or tablet/mimics module i your case) then you were left with basically nothing. If you have a head unit, then you have all the regular connectivity and infotainment that you would normally have.

    Out of the options you presented I would go with the MIMICS module. A tablet install is great, and I had one setup for a little while. Only downfall was it was a pain to get it tethered through my phone and my phone calls would not show up on the tablet. It just didn't feel as connected and integrated as I would like.

    with the mimics module (and apps like tasker) it should be as simple as docking your phone and then boom, you're ready to go. Hopefully they will get the android version out soon so we can start seeing some installs.

    A standard double din head unit is just that. It's boring and not very modular. Even the ones with "apps" are extremely limited when compared to your phone or tablet.

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    you're right about the stand along tablet. And this really gets me thinking that its surprising there arent really any (core) head units out there that give you the basics of what you need for audio and video without trying to sell you an operating system and processing unit of their own that are doomed to be obsolete in no time.

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    This is my dream/in the process of building system, Android Mimics to my Galaxy Nexus with a blue-tooth connection to a Alpine PXA-H700 (or similar) using a DIY interface to AiNet, there is a thread on here about a USB interface so it would take some work, for input and volume control. And HD radio and maybe Sirius radio through Aruido or IOIO serial Blue-tooth with the audio of course just going to the Alpine in case I have a poor cell signal or hit my "Unlimited" data throttle.

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