Android Head Unit

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  1. P13-T5

    P13-T5 Junior Member

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    It has an octacore processor, very responsive & performs way better than my first one. SWC are retainable & yes I do have a JBL unit. Just a small caveat; the backlight does not dim. I had to download "Night Owl" app to get this function. I also downloaded Wifi Analyzer to make it connect to my phone's hotspot automatically.

    Overall, its many features outweighs those two deficiencies I mentioned. You're also going to need the USB retaining cable for the center console & GPS retaining cable, if you wish, but otherwise it comes with GPS antenna. I just preferred its original & already installed GPS antenna (see images). Both of those I found in Amazon. 20180712_173652.jpeg 20180712_173601.jpeg

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    Can you post a link to those cables?

    And how does the night owl app work? I really dont want a massively bight radio when I'm road tripping at night.

    Otherwise it sounds like an amazing head unit!
     
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    One last thing before I commit to this purchase... Can I use my stock reverse camera or do I need to put the new one on in order to use it? I'm just trying to figure out how much much original equipment I can reuse and what will be third party.

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    Depending on the connector you have:



    Or



    On other forum they talk about this one:

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    The app is fantastic and very easy to use. You can launch a widget on the main screen as your quick dimmer button. It also has settings where you can have it adjust automatically by syncing its time with GPS or your local time.
     
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    Yes, in fact this unit has option to enable reverse guide lines as well as the trajectory guide lines which are very nice features. The trajectory lines curves as you turn your steering wheel, allowing you to see the position of your tires with respect to your steering wheel column. The only thing I didn't like about the stock camera is its resolution. It's poor in comparison to many of the aftermarket cameras out there. But please be advised that wiring your camera with an aftermarket one, albeit doesn't require running video wires from your trunk, can be an arduous task.
     
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    @P13-T5

    Thanks for posting this. Since Toyota's recent announcement dropping some Entune services, I'm considering changing out the OEM head unit that's installed in my 2014 Prius (Trim Level 4), which includes JBL Greenedge audio. I've only started researching other head units, but your story has caught my attention as it sounds like a lot of capability for a good price. I have a couple of questions for you should you have a moment:

    1) You posted a link to this product on Aliexpress (see above) in post #8, which you wrote over six months ago. Does today's link go to the same product? (Sorry I couldn't embed the link. At the moment, the system hasn't credited me with enough of a post count to embed links.) It largely fits what you've written about but there's at least one minor detail that you mentioned that I don't see here. You said (in post #19) that there's a built-in microphone but I don't see that mentioned in the product description, so I thought that I'd ask about that.

    2) All over Aliexpress, I see a lot of head units for Gen 3 Prius years 2010-2013. The unit that you've linked to seems to be about the same (2009-2013 are listed).For some reason, 2014 is listed on very few. Do you know why that is? What year is your car? Do I need to be concerned that the listing doesn't call out 2014? (The plastic bezel for the one shown today in the link has a brushed black anodized aluminum look to it while the OEM unit in my car seems to be lighter in color.)

    3) Besides the GPS and USB adapters, were there any more wiring harness issues that you had to address? any other "warnings" or insights that are worth passing along?

    4) Are you still pleased with this head unit and would you still recommend it? Are there any upgrades that you would recommend?
     
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    I miss the auto volume adjustment in relation with car's speed of the oem HU.

    There are several apps on google play that can control volume according to gps speed which brings back this function BUT...

    None of those seem to work.. tried at least 5 different. They seem they pickup the gps speed fine but their attempt to adjust the volume has zero effect..

    It seems to me that those android HU have some special-different volume control than usual phones-tablets..(?)

    It would be so nice to have this feature )
     
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    is the rear camera plug and play?
     
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    Yes and No: Yes because you won't have to snake AV & power wires to the head unit; No, because it will need jury rigging the power connector of the camera to the car's proprietary connector. It's not hard but just requires close attention when connecting the wires and making sure they're matched accordingly or you risk damaging the camera.
     
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    You may have missed it, but could you take a second to look at and reply to post #27 above? Thanks!
     
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