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Thread: Automotive Computing (R)Evolution - The Android Head Unit Build Part 1

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    Well I just ordered one of these. I remembered I had a preorder for an OUYA, so I just cancelled that... I'll end up getting an OUYA later on though. I mean it's cheaper than this and has Bluetooth and Wifi already, just about the only drawback for me is that I just don't like the Tegra chipset.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rray View Post
    I started with Android for my car, so I am interested too. Sadly, I pulled my Android unit in favor of Windows, just for the features. I had problems with things like slow boot times, failures reading SD cards that have 8GB of mp3 on them, no HD radio, etc.

    I am curious what you can get going. I installed Bluestacks to put Android on my carpc, but it don't run on my combination of win8 and or atom cpu, so I don't have Android running yet. It does run on my home PC though.

    What is the first things you are planning on getting working... HD and XM Radio?
    I don't think Bluestacks works on atom, i've tried and it just makes my system freeze or go very slow but could never load an android app

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    Ahh. Another reason to upgrade. I have had lots of grief with that atom. Mostly related to how Intel crippled it and refused to write 64 bit drivers for the graphics.



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    Any further progress on this? I was thinking of something similar. Was initially thinking of doing with RasPi. But still its on the lower end for processing power for Android ICS/JB. With the arrival of BeagleBone black, looks like the hardware is good enough for using on a head-unit. I'm trying to build this to replace my current WinCE chinese head-unit given poor sound quality and being terrible in speed/reliability.

    Given BeagleBone black can run Android and decent peripheral support and very reasonably priced, the only main obstacle is the software platform. I was thinking of using the Double DIN case and HDMI adapter sold in ebay. (there is a thread on this forum related to it)

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    Quote Originally Posted by dskummp View Post
    Any further progress on this? I was thinking of something similar. Was initially thinking of doing with RasPi. But still its on the lower end for processing power for Android ICS/JB. With the arrival of BeagleBone black, looks like the hardware is good enough for using on a head-unit. I'm trying to build this to replace my current WinCE chinese head-unit given poor sound quality and being terrible in speed/reliability.

    Given BeagleBone black can run Android and decent peripheral support and very reasonably priced, the only main obstacle is the software platform. I was thinking of using the Double DIN case and HDMI adapter sold in ebay. (there is a thread on this forum related to it)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonicxtacy02 View Post
    The absolute biggest question I have upon completion of the install is managing the apps within Android. Obviously there's no front end available aside from the car dashboard type applications, but I need a solution that's not going to solely depend on clicking the Android softkeys to switch apps.
    I was thinking about it earlier. It would be nice to have a Centrafuse like software running on Android, because in my opinion Android is much suitable for car computing then Windows.
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