Is there not any apps for Android for tire monitoring?
There is only one, but you have to buy its extremely expensive hardware. Also, I do not want to waste my current USB TPMS device. I did want to have a 100% Android based system, but to be honest, the Car PC is still there. It will always be in my install, due to its functions. So I'd rather split things between Android and the Win PC. As far as entertainment is concerned, Android is the best route to go. It does all of that much better in the car, than any PC based system, so thats what it will do. Now, the PC is free to do things like TPMS, OBD2, and Car function automation. So that is how my install is going to play out. Yes, Android has the Torque Pro, but PC based software does it so much better. I will be using GPS on the Android side, but also have GPS on the PC side and mainly so it can do logging and what not. I guess rather than be a bully and beat up on one or the other, I want to marry them. Create the perfect Windows, Centrafuse, Android system.
Originally Posted by jmullan99
*Starts skipping through a field of flowers, singing "So Happy Together".*
And there is certainly nothing wrong with that! :)
Originally Posted by HiJackZX1
What part? Because when I wrote the skipping and singing part, I threw up in my mouth.
Originally Posted by jmullan99
Ha ha ha. Well, I meant "creating the perfect system" but really the other part is okay too.
I got the Ainol Novo 7 Flame. I had to order it from an American dealer and currently in PayPal dispute with other. Its been almost a month and they hadn't sent it out. Got it today. Tablet Talk works flawlessly. TetherGPS though wouldnt. No matter what I did it would work. So all mighty Google was the answer. Ainol took out the ability to enable any kind of GPS hardware. So what I did was download and install a app called build.prop editor. It says its only for rooted phones, but I tried it anyways. I went into the app and then changed gps.enable from false to true. Then hit save, and restarted device. It restarted, went to TetherGPS, then Google Nav and I was able to get GPS lock, instead of "Search for GPS" prompt. Very fast tablet. Well worth the hassle to get. Just never order direct from China. Order from a USA seller.
Always great when we win one!
Still trying to tackle the touchscreen driver issue. Maybe if I can find a Android programmer, I can hire him to build one. At this point its the only hurdle with these MK802/808 units. I think the Car PC users would be happy they could replace their Car PC with a small, yet powerful unit, thats the size of a stick of gum, but still keep their resistive touchscreens.
Well, here is an update. Not sure if its big or small. Not sure if it was mentioned before, but my whole thing about making the transfer over to Android, was to be able to use the current hardware over again, if it was warranted.
Visteon HD radio = Gone, they have an app for that.
XM tuner = Gone, they have an app for that.
USB OBD2 = Used, via the app called Torque Pro.
USB GPS = Used, via network share.
USB Media Card Reader = Used via network share.
DVD Rom = Used, via network share.
Media Remote = Used, works natively.
TPMS = Still pending results.
Resistive Touch Screens = Still pending results.
The two biggest things is that I found I can use my USB OBD2 via the app Torque Pro. It uses the drivers for the OBD2 on the fly. Which seems to be a method a lot of apps are using, when having to use USB and its debugging mode. It easier because the end user doesnt have to tamper with the OS. The second thing is USB GPS. They have an app to run the drivers on the fly also, but was never able to get it to work. I have been using TetherGPS but do not like the results. The GPS is very random and cuts out more than I like. Plus that was using the Androids GPS. So I did research and found that I can reuse my USB GPS. Rather than break my head trying to get the thing to work, I decided to let the PC in the back keep it. Then I used GPSgate Client to make the USB GPS available over a network. Then I used an app on the tablet called GPSBridge, which then pulls the GPS info off the network.
Media card reader and DVD were easy, just make them shared on the Windows PC. I also wanted to add that I reused the echo cancellation card, the only difference is that it is no longer on a separate speaker. I decided to run it normally, since it was found not to have any negative results to audio. Hands free is done via Tablet Talk (the dialer) and the phone (Galaxy Nexus) and BT headset emulation (Windows BT headset mode).
TPMS, as of now will most likely be trashed. A new version is coming out, it has BT native. It also uses the sensors we have way better, so more info per tire. Im just wondering the price. As of now I have the sensors, but need the BT unit. If the pricing isnt fair, then I can go with TireHawk+.
Here is the biggest issue. I can not find a solution to get USB resistive touch screens to work. What is so frustration though is that Android used to support it, but didnt have USB debugging. Now that it has debugging, Google has stripped out the drivers in order to keep the OS light. I am talking to Alok to see if they can make an app to allow for touchscreen use again via an app that can do on the fly driver implementation. I do not know if Alok has ever done such a thing. I am also going to contact the company that made Torque Pro, since they have mastered on the fly driver implementation. I guess the market as a whole, simply doesnt care for resistive touch screens.
The touch screen thing is an interesting problem. There are MANY cheaper Android tablets out there that actually use (used?) a resistive touch screen. There may be drivers out there somewhere.