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e9x - Head Unit - Andriod OS

Discussion in 'Interior | Exterior | Audio' started by [email protected], Nov 27, 2016.

  1. Hello,

    I am looking for a good replacement Head Unit that runs on 4.1+ Android OS.

    The main features I am looking for:
    Bluetooth audio
    Steering Wheel Controls
    Clean Interface
    Anything else is a plus

    but, I am also looking into this so I can root the OS and force it to install the JB4 Mobile app.

    Price Guidelines 250-330$

    Any and All Ideas are appreciated!

  2. I have a Nexus 7 flo (32GB, WiFi only) tablet with a Vader Clip. Ran the aux and power down through the center console. There is AutoMate Dashboard you can download, as well as tasker to automate turning tablet on and off when car starts, etc. Takes a bit of time to set up, but I've got mine with Android Marshmallow 6.0, ElementalX Kernel (for USB OTG power and ODB II). I use MHD, Google Maps (download maps offline for your area when in Wifi so you don't have to use data 24/7). I also have Music on it and a few other apps. This is what I followed to do mine: http://e89.zpost.com/forums/showthread.php?p=16933439

    If you need help, feel free to message me. Here's what mine looks like minus that blue aux cord (this was before the wire tuck):
  3. doublespaces

    doublespaces Administrator

    2009 E93 335i
    That is super clean for people with no iDrive!

  4. This
  5. doublespaces

    doublespaces Administrator

    2009 E93 335i
    Hmm. And you could put on car mode and or a movie too.

    What HU is that, and what exhaust? :)
  6. Not my video but.. someone has done this. Hints why I was looking into it.
  7. Theres only a few android HU replacement that fits the E90 slot.

    IIRC 2-3 variants of Android 4.x and 2 variants of Android 5.x
    Don't think they can be rooted but you should be able to run MHD off it as the HU supports USB Host
  8. If there is a will, there is a way!

    I am a developer and IT Support so.. I will find a way :p I just need a good 'Test' platform for the idea.

    Plus, the HU would be an overall upgrade to the car since its my daily xD
  9. TBH from my POV I can't really think of a use for rooting the HU

    However, it would be more useful to find compatible kernel sources so we can compile new kernels and slipstream drivers which will allow the possibility of upgrading and using clean roms.

    One thing that's always on my mind is the compatibility of a USB DAC with one of these HUs from the kernel side. The software support is there since Android 4.x, if the kernel is compiled USB DAC drivers then the HU can be used as a CAS (Computer as Source) with clean audio output and support for different formats of audio.

    I am an IT admin of sorts.... vmware...windows...linux...netapp...
  10. Rooting would just be to re-enable the play store or, re-install the JB4 application. Either way at this point I would need a test HU to play with.

    The HU is probably not going to have the google playstore or, an application to directly download APK files to the HU.

    This is why I say Rooting might be needed. I don't know this information for certain.
  11. ahh... play store...
    most likely you would need to install the package through something like opentwrp

    btw there are some discussions regarding Android HUs on xda developers but i dont have the time to read through it
  12. I'll check into that! But, statement still stands that I need suggestions for good HUs
  13. native android HU
    something like this (rk3188) from china..
    something like this (Dynavin) which is rebranded from china...

    or get a bezel and fit any 2DIN HU you like... but then you will need to do the wiring as it's not plug and play

    Another thing to consider... if you remove your bmw HU without relocating it, the diagnostic tests in ista-d will take longer to complete and you cant program your car with gt1/ista-p. If I remember correctly theres a VO to disable the MOST bus in the car which may solve this issue but i cant be bothered to try it out. Also, you might need to loop/bypass/terminate the CANBUS L/H signals on the radio plug to make the tests run at a normal speed. But I haven't investigated in to this further so...
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2016
  14. ATL-IS-N54

    ATL-IS-N54 Sergeant

    I know Eonon makes some cheap android HUs... They are knock offs Dynavin which are like 4-600... I have an older Eonon in my e46, features are great, glare is too much for a drop top. But that's another issue... Android, reverse camera, all the USB and micro SD support you would want from one box, idk about routing tho
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2016
  15. doublespaces

    doublespaces Administrator

    2009 E93 335i
    My car actually doesn't have Logic 7. My last 335i had it and I figured most cars do, but apparently mine does not, only the HiFi, 10 speaker setup.

    So in this case, I wonder what kind of effect this has on my iDrive if I replaced it? I don't think the HiFi only cars have a MOST fiber link.

    I wonder if you can even do this with an iDrive car? Probably not..
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2016
  16. Will totally look into those and read up on them.

    I want to know if its possible.
  17. rebo0t

    rebo0t Specialist

    E90 335i
    I like the Joying units, good customer service. They have a new one coming out soon with DSP amp with Intel powering it
  18. time to bump this thread...i didnt fasten my meth tank properly and spilled water on my logic 7 amp...

    this would be the time to do a conversion... any news on this?
  19. doublespaces

    doublespaces Administrator

    2009 E93 335i
    Good god! You're having awful luck. How many km do you have on the car?
  20. around 97k km.... life hates me....