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Old 13th November 2014, 19:51   #76
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A better head unit.
I mean, it shouldn't be a big deal for mobile phone makers like samsung/HTC/apple to make a decent head unit with the droid interface, isn't it? I am surprised they haven't done it yet. There have been rumours of apple making head units for ferraris, so I bet its bound to happen with the mainstream cars soon enough, I think.
yeah! I am surprised why Sony has not manufactured Android HUs. They are already in to HU making and also they have good experience with android phones. They can very well make very good integration between HU and Andorid Phones. Some times I wonder what runs in the heads of management of big companies. They could have become market leaders probably if they had taken the plunge some time back.

Even now it is not late. They can still go ahead and try to get some decent market share with andorid auto integration.
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Old 13th November 2014, 21:14   #77
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http://www.navdy.com/

Since this thread is about HUD, check out the best one I feel there is in the current market - navdy. Not exactly the cheapest piece of hardware but considering the fact that you can put it in any car (any change it easily if you switch cars) makes it appealing.

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Old 30th January 2015, 11:42   #78
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Blaupunkt has launched its first android based double-din multimedia navigation system for the aftermarket - the Cape Town 940. The Cape Town 940 is priced at Rs 54,990, runs on the android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean operating system. Features include

- Bluetooth Twin-Connect (Two devices can be used at the same time)
- Mirror Mode (Phones with an HDMI/MHL input can connect to the system and use the touch screen directly.)
- 6.8-inch touch screen (Largest one Blaupunkt offers)
- Music player app from play store

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Wow, very nice!

* At 55K, trifle expensive as compared to the non-Android 2DINs with same functionality.

* Nice to see a WiFi connection provided (via USB dongle) and phone tethering in the same package

* That would mean this can act as a WiFi hotspot, or do music loading at home without needing a wired connection!

* Volume control knob, so no fiddling with touch screen

* 4 USB ports - quite generous

* 3V Pre-outs with dedicated Sub-out - nice

* Dedicated Rear Zone outputs (audio, video) - very nice

* Supports Steering wheel controls - very nice

Wonder whose Navigation software and Maps they are providing. Doesn't look like Garmin or MMI.

[EDIT] For some reason this model is not available for Europe?!?!? Certifications not obtained yet???

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[EDIT] For some reason this model is not available for Europe?!?!?
There's another model Cape Town 945 meant for the Eu regions.

CT 945 product flyer - I am guessing the features are going to be the same for the 940 as well. Good pricing there really!

EDIT: Blaupunkt bundles MMI's navigation here in India. So this one might have MMI maps.

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This could not have come at a better time I am looking for an HU like this.

Now just need to hunt for Toyota steering control adapter for Blaupunkt

As DerAlte mentioned,

1. Good sound quality
2. Android + WiFi. Can park car near my home and have it sync music connection with home PC.
3. Possibility of installing various Maps via play store
4. USB ports, so I can connect Keyboard to tinker with it


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Wonder whose Navigation software and Maps they are providing. Doesn't look like Garmin or MMI.
This seems like Nokia/Navteq embedded package that Nokia sells to OEMs. UI looks like that and list of cities where it has live traffic also matches with Navteq's.
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... Now just need to hunt for Toyota steering control adapter for Blaupunkt ...
Perhaps you should ask Blaupunkt India guys, na? Maybe it doesn't need an external adapter.

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... 4. USB ports, so I can connect Keyboard to tinker with it ...
Kwool - good idea!

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... This seems like Nokia/Navteq embedded package that Nokia sells to OEMs. ...
Could be TomTom too, or iGo. They use Navteq maps too (map database for India), don't they?
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This Blaupunkt system uses regular Android OS and not "Android Auto", right? Where are the Android Auto HUs promised by Google last year?

Is it possible to replace XUV's stock HU with this?
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Is it possible to replace XUV's stock HU with this?
If you can get the fibreglass molding of the front plastic fascia done, there's no reason why you can't. Not sure if the stock harness needs modification or such.

Here's someone who retrofitted a Pioneer double DIN HU in the XUV: Link
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Where are the Android Auto HUs promised by Google last year?
Check this one. Not a HU but an in-dash unit.
http://phandroid.com/2015/01/08/pion...-system-video/

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Old 31st January 2015, 22:02   #86
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Wait for android auto to be released . Once that beast is released it will have both better integration and blessings of Matius duarte the man behind designing all looks of android.Plus we will get better access to the Google ecosystem.
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I have zeroed on this HU for a car that I am planning to buy. So few more details:

1. It has 8 GB internal memory
A. So, most probably couple of GB would be free. Just enough space to install Apps
B. Primary Apps: Nokia Here Maps (it has option to use SD card for Map data) and going to write an App/Script to rsync music folder on my PC over WiFi
2. Maps are supplied by MMI, license cost is 4k (extra)
3. 1 GB RAM 1 Ghz Dual Core CPU (Not sure which one)
4. Looking at Android version, should be easy to gain root access (unless they have taken pains to backport all security patches)
5. Audio / Amplifier seems to be good

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Could be TomTom too, or iGo. They use Navteq maps too (map database for India), don't they?
Found that map is from MMI and not included in cost.
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I have zeroed on this HU for a car that I am planning to buy. So few more details:
Got the HU. I will compile a review in few weeks. Initial impressions:

1. MRP 55k (54,990), Street price 52 - 53k
2. Comes with all cables/ harnesses/ adapters that might be required. Worked out of box with Toyota's steering controls with provided adapter.
3. Root enabled . Like any Android device, tap on OS Version 8 times to enable dev option. One of the dev options is to enable / disable boot.
4. Zero Lag. (Have not installed any app yet)
5. Plethora of expansion options / connectors (two SD card slots, 4 USB ports, 1 HDMI / MHL port, 2 A/V in ports, 2 A/V out ports). Support for rear screens.
6. Does not have Google Play Store (and no other tie to Google). This means that,
A. Apps need to be installed via alternate mechanism. It has basic apps like file manager to facilitate that.
B. background data usage
C. Google Apps like Google Maps etc can be installed only if someone is okay with tinkering a bit.



Overall:

1. Awesome toy
2. Will have some opinion on "Audio" once I upgrade stock speakers
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Got the HU. I will compile a review in few weeks. Initial impressions:
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Eagerly waiting for some w-i-p and demo pics. Please do share soon. Where did you buy it from? Are these readily available with retailer or need to place order and such?
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Are these readily available with retailer or need to place order and such?
Snapdeal has begun retailing the Cape Town 940 for Rs. 55k (link).
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