Review Android car stereo radio and navigation 109

My car radio upgrade…

android car stereo gps head unit - Ouku 6.2'

android car stereo gps head unit – Ouku 6.2″

What can a $280 buy you? how about an Android car stereo + Navigation, and all the android apps your heart desires. My 40+ minute commute has me in the car for a while, one finds that on these long drives, some interesting audio in the car is pretty important. The stock radio from my 2005 Camry leaves a lot to be desired, no bluetooth, no aux, just a cassette and CD player. Because most of my listening involves ppodcasts or digital files   or online streamed radio , I was tiring of my cassette fed headphone jack system, and decided it was time to upgrade the radio.  I have more up-to-date 2016 Android Aftermarket car stereo  news here.

Infotainment in the news..

Because this page gets the bulk of traffic on my site, I have added this infotainment news section, that I will updated periodically about Android (and IOS) car head units..

  • Rand McNally OveryDryve ™ infotainment tablet

    Rand McNally http://myoverdryve.com/ infotainment tablet

    Update 2/15/2016:  It appears a new promising aftermarket entrant is coming into the market. The folks that brought us paper maps, Rand-McNally  , but recently specialized in trucking satnav’s , are offering an  aftermarket car  infotainment tablet called OverDryve™, which after reading the spec appears to offer a lot of features.  Click the link above for a video and  more details and pre-order for $399, Expected ship date Summer 2016.

  • Update 1/11/2016 :  CES 2016 is over an really only one new announcement, Kenwood anounced some after market models.. Read my latest positng here for details
  • Update 8/3/2015: I’m was waiting to hear when the Parrot RNB6 (Android Auto/Apple Car Play) unit will be available, it was announced in January at CES 2015  and was very well received but we have not heard much since then ,  Sadly it appears that the Parrot RNB6 is NOT destined to be an after market Head Unit. That’s a shame, so I guess we’re stuck with these android  Chinese radios for now..  or pay for an expensive Pioneer NEX  System like this one with crappy performance and support. For now stick with a Chinese unit like the one discussed here
  • April 2015: Slowly OFFICIAL aftermarket units supporting Android AUTO and Apple CarPlay are starting to be announced and available:
  • Want a kind of , sort of  experience like Android Auto (or Apple Car Play), check out Sony XSPN1BT NFC Bluetooth Smartphone Cradle CD In-dash Receiver. It’s basically a car head unit that acts as a cradle for your smartphone. So basically all the smarts come from the phone and the Car head unit basically sends out the sound to the speakers and allows voice control. For $250, maybe its something that’s worth considering. If the screen in your smartphone is large enough , so maybe if you have Samsung Note or Iphone 6 plus this may work.
  • Pioneer’s new 8100 NEX receivers include Android Auto’s some of the first aftermarket systems. Sadly these units (apparently they come in a variety of configurations) are pretty expensive  starting at $700. Here’s a nice review over at Android Central of the 8100 Nex unit.
  • Google also announced Android Auto Application was available in the play store for Lollipop (or higher) enabled devices. But before you head over to get it , it requires a compatible Android Auto head uit (like the one mentioned above) t. The Android Auto App, is simply designed as the two way interface to the Android Auto head unit, its not a stand-alone app.
  • For more infotainment news: Engadget infotainment news

Deciding on aftermarket car radio gps head units.

Bare car radio before installation

Bare car radio before installation

So considering upgrading options, I had a couple of directions to go in.

Aftermarket car audio radios (Head units ) come in a couple of standard sizes  Single DIN (180×50 mm) mostly Europe, and Double DIN (180×100 mm). I knew my car supported a double DIN unit, so I knew I had enough space in my dash for a video screen.

First decision, was did I want just a radio replacement? There are a ton of car radio options, then  I started considering instead of just a plain radio upgrade, if the price was right I would want a GPS too, after all if I’m going to use that center panel real-estate anyway, why not have a in-dash GPS, as well.  So after a bit of research I settled on the Android head unit  (Android Ouku 6.2″ Double din car radio gps unit).

If you don’t need GPS or any video capabilities from your in-dash unit, and are just an audiophile looking for quality sound and audio features, you can take a look at the units like Clarion CX501 or PIONEER AVH-X1500 DVD  or JVC KWAV61BT 6.1-Inch DVD , these are excellent head units with plenty of audio rich capabilities.

Chinese Android car radios

After doing my research I narrowed it down to a few units and finally decided to give the Ouku (unbranded) Android unit I found on Ebay a shot. Various vendors refer to this brand as Ouku, but its unclear who Ouku is?  its likely a generic cover name for some unknown Chinese based manufacturer.

To find these radios search Ebay for  Android car radio, you will get back hundreds of units, some are identical to my unit,  others have variations, while some may vary in screen size (7″ vs. 6.2) physical layouts (buttons, left or bottom) and screen type and os, most of those units are likely manufactured by one or two supply houses in China and share pretty much identical internals .

While they may be Android radios the software that talks to the radio hardware (tuner, amp) is controlled by a factory MCU firmware, that means you can only use the provided software for the tuner, bluetooth phone and ipod connection, there are no substitutes in the Android play store. This is why its difficult to upgrade to newer versions of Android on these radios, because the MCU firmware is likely not flexible or available for developers to patch and update it to match capabilities of news Android versions. So buyer beware, whatever version of Android comes with these radios is likely the version that will ALWAYS be on these radios.

Android 6.2″ double DIN car radio (Ouku) specifications.

Item Specification
Display 6.2" TFT LCD resistive touch screen  800×480 (Landscape) 16:9 ratio
CPU:   FREESCALE I.MX535D Cortex A8 1GHz Ram: DDR3 512M
OS: Android 2.3.4 JellyBean
Radio 45-watt  x 4-channel radio receiver AM; FM; RDS; presets; equalizer; remote control
GPS yes – Sygic Android GPS software pre-installed with USA maps (option to use other GPS software available on Google Play)
Data Connection WIFI or 3G USB Modem
iPod Yes Supports iPod; and iPhone via traditional-size connector
Bluetooth Supports Phone calls via built-in Mic; audio playback from Bluetooth device
SD/USB/Digital Supports MicroSD; USB and popular digital files
Media Supported CD / DVD/ AVI/ MPEG4/ Mp3 / WMA / JPEG/ Mp4/ PDF

Installation

Installation of this radio is similar to any car radio, you can install it yourself, if you’re so inclined or take it to a radio installer. If you do plan on installing it yourself, be sure to get the correct wiring harness for your car  and DIN mounting dash-kit to make sure the unit fits well and doesn’t look too aftermarket, usually adds $20-50 to the cost of the radio. The radio comes with its own wires (to connect to the harness you get), rca cables, gps antenna and usb wifi/3g dongle, plus a connector for the iPod dock.

Features and performance.

I’ll give you a brief overview of the basic functionality. The unit has a 6.2″ resistive touch screen and is flanked by buttons on the two side. The buttons are pretty well laid out and control the four most important components of the radio and  are easily accessible. The buttons are Home (home  screen), Radio, Nav (Gps) and Phone (Bluetooth), plus tuner and volume controls.

  • android radio tuner

    android radio tuner

    Radio: Pressing the radio button, launches the radio App which is a digital radio dial with presets. This tuner has  a 45-watt 4-channel radio and it sounds just as good if not better than my stock Toyota radio. There are your basic auto-scan (Scan) and preset buttons for the radio stations. There is a band button (on-screen) that chooses between AM,FM1 and FM2 , plenty of slots available for presets. There is also a button for an onscreen equalizer, and fader balance.

  • CD/DVD: There’s a slide in slot atop the radio for CD/DVD discs. Works as expected when you insert a CD it launches the CD player and shows the tracks (generic names  like TRACK 1 , 2 etc. ) and plays the music. Basic seek and skip functionality is available. It also supports DVD video playback and if you have video display units like on the back of headrest, or in in the center-ceiling like in a minivan, you can send video to those units, I did not test that functionality.
  • android radio gps in action

    android radio gps in action

    NAVIGATION: The unit comes with Sygic Android GPS , this is a full-featured stand-alone GPS with US maps loaded (no data connection needed). The GPS functions much as you would expect , you plug in an address and it navigates a route there, refer to Sygic link above for more details. If your not happy with Sygic you can use Google Maps / Nav, which works but does require a data connection as the maps and routing are not done on the device, but rather online . Also available from the play store is iGo Navigation, TomTom ($27.99 Play store)  and many others. This is only head unit I know that lets you choose your GPS software.

  • WIFI/3G DAta there is a Wifi/3G cable that supports wifi (included) or 3G USB moben (extra) to support data capabilities. If you have a phone that supports tethering you can use it as your wifi data source. I myself use Freedom pop wifi puck for my data.
  • MP3/ SD Slot: There’ s an SD-slot for Digital medial playback such as Mp3 files, WMA and other popular digital files. The no-frills player works as expected.
  • Pandora & Google Apps: Because this is a true Android device it supports Pandora, Spotify and Google Music, and many other popular Google apps from the play store. The unit I have is resistive so I don’t recommend it for playing multi-touch games, but for typical apps you may use in your car it works well.
  • phone radio bluetooth

    phone radio bluetooth

    Bluetooth Phone & Audio: Pressing the Phone button will launch the Bluetooth Phone application. From this app you can pair it with your bluetooth phone or audio device, once paired you can do the following: Dial out and receive calls hands-free via the Mic . Mic quality was reported good, most callers will know you’re using a hands free unit but all reported acceptable call audio.  Your phone contacts can be downloaded into the unit , but it lacks favorites or a decent search capability. I generally launch calls from my phone and then transfer the call to the unit for hands free phone calls. There’s also a button for Bluetooth audio with features very basic spartan controls for pause/play, back and next, sadly no track information is shown.

  •  iPod, Rear Camera, Steering Wheel controls:  I did not test any of these, but it comes with a traditional style Ipod connector, which would go hang inside your glove box, and there are connectors for video and cameras should you have those in your vehicle , also a connector for steering wheel audio controls should your car support that.

A couple of drawbacks…

While you get  a lot in this unit, there are a few nagging issues to be aware of…. most are not show stoppers but for some folks they may be cause for concern. The unit is not the most polished when it comes to the interface. Its pretty clear the manufacturer just slapped on an  Android OS and then added the custom radio apps, very little was done to make it a polished experience, like you get in some of the higher end Alpine or Pioneer units.

  • NOT instant-on, startup time: Unlike a traditional car radio, the unit it not instant-on, Like a tablet or PC  there’s a startup time of about 30-40 seconds when you turn on the car, before you can use the unit. Its actually not too bad and the radio will continue where you left off when you last-turned off the vehicle.
    UPDATE: See tip/Link in comments… apparently there’s a way to root these things and improve the boot time to about 20secs.
  • AM Frequencies off: This radio appears to have the AM station frequencies set for European ranges, For example here in the NYC area the news station 1010 WINS can’t be perfectly tuned, the tuner has the ranges from 1008…1017 so it skips 1010, I can get the station on 1008 but its not clear, the FM frequencies are all easily tunable. So if your a diehard of old-school AM double check your station.  See tips and tricks section for how I fixed this…
  • Volume inconsistencies: The volume setting is inconsistent between the radio and non-radio audio (like Bluetooth,MP3, CD), so for example a comfortable range if your listening to a CD may be 14 (on volume dial) but when you eject the CD it reverts back to the radio where a 14 may be ear-splitting. Same thing happens with bluetooth and mp3. I suspect it has to do with the pre-amp which only  radio tuner uses  not the other audio elements.
  • Firmware apps no-frills: The firmware apps that come with the radio (tuner, bluetooth, mp3 player) are no frills, meaning they work , but the interface leaves a bit to be desired.
  • No HD Radio, No Satellite Radio: Does not offer HD radio now popular in many areas nor satellite radio. This can be mitigated by using connected internet.
  • No aux-in (only USB): The only inputs on the front are a USB plug there(for USB memory sticks) there  is No  AUX  for headphones or speakers, also an SD slot for MicroSD is available in front..

Radio Tips and Tricks..

I discovered a hidden menu , that’s probably a diagnostic menu and after I got into it I was able to clear up few items..  Under Settings >> General >> Extra you get a prompt, for a code to enter this diagnostic/supplemental menu, just enter 123456 and like magic a larger menu appears. Among the options this menu offers are:

  • Fan Control: You can control how fast/slow the fan blows. When I first installed it the fan appeared to make a bit of noise, but adjusting this setting fixed that.
  • Regional Radio settings: Once of the drawbacks listed above has been fixed, the radio comes preset for the European region, but if you simply change the Region here for US/north America it fixes the AM frequency issue. yeah!
  • Regional TV under settings: I’m not going to watch TV on this thing, but you can change the regional settings.
  • Boot screen auto Logo: You can choose the boot graphic that appears while the radio is booting up, it comes preset with different car brand logos, you can change it to your brand and give it the appearance of a factory radio.
  • Car Brake Warning: Some vehicles have the car brake wired to disable input when the vehicle is moving, you can toggle this off hear.
  • Button Illumination color: You can change the illumination of the buttons when the car’s lights are on.

Yes,you can run Torque (with a little work)

Also a question that a lot of Android aficionados ask, is can this unit  run Torque  (Torque is an Android OBDII software ) on this unit. The quick answer is sort of. Out of the box , no you can’t because the bluetooth module only supports Phone and Audio Bluetooth profiles, so even if you were to pair your bluetooth ODBII adapter the correct profile wouldn’t be there. But being Android there is a work around. Using the front-panel USB connector get a small thumb-sized Bluetooth USB adapter. And run a minor firmware hack here, and you’ll be able to use Torque in no time. Here are the basic steps:

  1. buy usb bluetooth, for example: Super Mini Bluetooth 2.0 Dongle (Vista Compatible) 11866
  2.  Connect the usb bluetooth to the USB dongle port in the front panel
  3.  Install the playstore: Quick Bluetooth Lite (free)
  4. -With the program Quick Bluetooth Lite enabled. Connect with bluetooth ODB in your car.
  5. -Enter torque and it will connect automatically

For more details check out this thread on xda-developers.com  Some newer radios (typically Android 4.4 or higher) already come with Torque capability built in via a the proper Bluetooth profile, check the Ebay add for mentions of torque.

Parrot radio vs. Ouku android stereo

Parrot Asteroid Smart car radio

Parrot Asteroid Smart car radio

Perhaps the radio that my 6.2″ ouku is most similar to  is the Parrot Asteroid smart. The Parrot asteroid smart is also a 6.2′ double DIN Android GPS car radio. It’s made by Parrot (folks best known for their quad-copters), and it has pretty much the same feature set as  the ouku. But I chose the Ouku for the following reasons:

  • Parrot radio supports apps only via the Parrot App store, not the Google Play store so your application eco system is limited.
  • Stock Parrot GPS is not as feature rich as the Sygic that comes with the Ouku and you can’t change the GPS software, only upgrade it.
  • There are no physical keys, the Parrot, is 100% touch screen, this is a challenge because you want to limit peeking down at the screen while driving. The Ouku does a nice job with buttons for the most common operations.
  • It’s almost double the price of this Ouku. Retails for $499+
  • Update January 2015: Parrot just announced an upcoming successor named Parrot RNB6 (supporting both Android and Ios integration) .

That said the Parrot does have some unique features, like pre-start vibration-detection,capacitive touch, more polished radio and music apps, and possibly better technical support,since your dealing with a known manufacturer. Overall the Parrot Asteroid smart received a cold-shoulder from tech community as discussed here on Engadget.

Needless to say the Ouku has no support, there’s not even a manufacturers site, so you’re at the mercy of your seller and online support community.

Other “smart” radio head units (this section is a bit dated)

Besides the Parrot Asteroid smart, there are a few other popular double DIN units that offer an interesting array of features. Checkout the units that offer MirrorLink, that links up your phone’s (Android) display and has it appear on the radio face from where you can control it.  Here are some other popular smart radio’s:

    • Pioneer SPH-DA210 AppRadio Car Stereo : ($365)
      • Compatible with iPhone 4/4S (cable included), iPod Touch 4th Gen (cable included), and select Android devices (CD-AH200C interface cable required)
      • 7 WVGA capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 800 pixels x 480 pixels and multi-touch operation.
      • FM/AM radio tuner with RDS
      • Direct control for iPod/iPhone (cable included)
      • Built-In Bluetooth for hands-free calling with phone book access, dial pad, and included microphone
    • Alpine ICS-X7HD 7″ LCD :  ($542)
      • Full-color 7″ LCD touchscreen display
      • Bluetooth technology allows wireless music streaming and hands-free phone calls
      • Built-in HD Radio Tuner allows the reception of high quality HD Radio signals for clean and clear reception with no subscription fee or additional tuner purchase required
      • MirrorLink system allows control over applications and data saved on your Android
    • Sony XAV701 7-Inch:  ($700)
      • Double DIN 7-inch WVGA Touch Screen Display
      • MirrorLink enabled smartphone connectivity
      • Pandora internet radio control
    • JVC KWNSX700 DVD-CD-USB: ($457)
      • 7-inch WVGA Monitor
      • Touch Panel
      • MOS-FET 50W x 4 (20W RMS x 4)
      • Mirror Link Compatible for Android/Symbian 2

Overall thoughts and future devices

I’ve had the radio for about a month now and overall , I would give it a thumbs up. Its not perfect, and you can see that it lacks the polish of higher-end US “made” units,but for the price  of $280 , you do get a lot, a 45-watt radio receiver, GPS , bluetooth phone and audio, Android app eco-system , video, mp3, DVD, CD  etc.. So if you’re looking for an upgrade and like Android and aren’t put-off by some of the drawbacks above I say its worth it.

I’m thinking that the car audio/electronics aftermarket is ripe for some real innovation and would like to see big name players, like Google, Motorola, HTC enter it and produce some fantastic devices ,  I predict we’ll see more name brand Android and alternate OS car audio and navigation devices soon.

Update November 2014 infotainment initiatives…

Just an update , if your in no hurry to buy a radio and are just browsing  listen for car infotainment announcements. Rumor has it there will be a lot of car radio announcements from big name after market manufacturers (Pioneer, Clarion , Sony  etc.) in the coming months . Since the announcement from Apple (Apple Car Play ) and Google (Android Auto) regarding their car infotainment initiatives. Right now most of the Android/Apple infotainment systems are geared towards stock dash-units for new  car models.. but this is expected to change, in the coming months.  The  radio manufacturers leverage the capabilities of Androis OS and Apple Os to support for Voice commands (google Voice // Siri) ,auto integration, better interfaces, and better compatibility with your phone. Its not going to be radically different than the  radio above, its simply going to be a richer  more polished experience.

4.4 (88.57%) 7 votes

109 thoughts on “Review Android car stereo radio and navigation

  1. Reply ROBIN Mar 6,2016 1:49 am

    Hi, I have one installed on my Ford Focus 2014 model -MULTI-MEDIA GPS UNIT ANDROID BUT WHEN I USE THE RADIO MY RECEPTION IS VERY BAD, IN CITY IT PLAYS CLEAR BUT SOON OUT OF CITY MY RECEPTION IS BAD, DO I INSTALL A SIGNAL BOOSTER FOR THIS, THANKS ROBIN JOHANNESBURG RSA

  2. Reply mops Mar 15,2016 3:04 pm

    I WILL LIKE TO KNOW THE PASSWORD FOR password to go in Developer options
    dont work 123456 and 126..i need help..thank you

  3. Reply Victor Mar 28,2016 9:31 pm

    I bought the one in the secound picture in your article where the volume and tune knobs are on the bottom. My only issue with this head unit is the GPS. Once navigating with turn by turn and map it goes into this stand by mode and only shows speed and time of arrival at the bottom and distance left. Once you tap the screen it goes back to showing the map for 5 seconds then back to that stand by mode. It’s really annoying.

  4. Reply Johnny Apr 2,2016 1:35 pm

    Do not waste your money buying any of these. As mentioned in previous reviews, radio reception sucks, takes forever to load and now my dvd wont eject. Usually radios have an emergency eject button simular to the reset butto. Anyone ??

    Save an extra 200 300 and buy a repratable brand such as pioneer, kenwood etc

  5. Reply DonB Apr 27,2016 9:44 pm

    I have had a Android Double Din head unit for over a year now. I have used it winter and summer. I have installed Navigator, Waze, Pandora. The head unit connects easily to my phone through the phones mobile hotspot.

    I also have Sirius connected to audio in. As soon as I hit the ignition the Sirius radio is playing through Android head amp while the software side of the head unit is still booting up. This is similar behavior to how the backup camera works which I have read is also instant on.

    My radio is a little oversize also so I cut a plastic beezel to fit with my dremo drill.

    The only thing I don’t like about my head unit is the name which is Pu Pug.

  6. Reply Tony B. May 4,2016 1:00 pm

    Overall sounds like a pretty sweet setup.. My only question is why can’t more US Mfg. come out with similar after-market radios instead of hanging onto those antiquated designs.

  7. Reply Datrio97 May 23,2016 8:05 am

    Does anyone know if there is any way to retain the use of my Satellite radio with this unit. By maybe using an adapter or something??

    • Reply Tony B. May 31,2016 10:36 am

      Typically most of these units DO NOT offer native satellite radio, as they don’t integrate with the cars satellite receiver or have the codecs to decode satellite radio signals. As far as satellite radio missing, this is mostly because Sirius (USA) requires hardware mfg. to pay a license fee to be able to use the satellite signal (decode), and because most of these Chinese manufacturers sell these radios world wide, and are not in the business of paying license fees to a particular country’s vendor, its simpler for them not to offer satellite capability. Honestly satellite radio is less of an issue today with all the wireless options out there, plus satellite has horrible compression and sounds lousy when listening to music., talk is ok..

      Your best best is use the Mobile App fro the Satellite radio.

  8. Reply John May 25,2016 5:02 pm

    I have one of these in my uk spec 2002 focus (double din) it looks exactly like the out of car picture (number 3)

    I have had it for a year or so. I have to admit apprt from the radio signal being crap (not a problem for me) i have had no issues. It came with no preinstalled gps software but is capable. I have navmii on my phone but it wont run on stereo (android 4.4) if i remember correctly. I will keep trying to find one that works.

  9. Reply Adaptel Jun 23,2016 10:22 am

    I also jumped into buying a couple of Chinese Android stereos for a few of my vehicles when they started coming out, but the boot-up delays on startup got real annoying and I have removed all of them. It is nice to run apps like Rhapsody on the head unit, but if you are running errands (many on/off cycles in a short time period), you have to wait for the stereo to bloot, then restart Rhapsody, re-select the playlist, etc. Defeats the point of a stereo IMO, and I cannot understand why they do this? We have android phones that can go into sleep mode when not in use, then instantly wake up without having to restart programs. These phones have a tiny fraction of the battery capacity compared to a car, so why can’t they sleep when the ignition is turned off. The only android radio I now actively use is an Avin Avant-2. Not cheap, but it does sleep and resume where you were (up to 48 hours without full boot), but isn’t cheap. If you are looking for a usable Android based head unit, the Avant-2 is really the only one I have found that is “real world” usable and has a “root access” option in the menus from the factory. Only downside is no SiriusXM though (except for streaming with app). Anyone else chime in if they know of any other “instant-on” android head units.

    • Reply Tony B. Sep 27,2016 11:22 am

      This is true, boot times are all over the map. For Example head units that use Windows CE (even cheaper than android) ironically have almost instantaneous boot up, because Windows CE is an older albeit simpler OS and runs very fast on today’s modern chipsets. Most of these android devices radios are really just Android tablets stuck onto a radio tuner etc. Very little engineering goes into the cheap units to deal with these delays, as booting any Android device form a cold start is always going to take 20-30 seconds. As you discovered more expensive units actual have engineering around this issue and improve things via sleep modes, battery for sleep mode, but most cheap android devices don’t.

      As far as satellite radio missing, this is mostly because Sirius (USA) requires hardware mfg. to pay a license fee to be able to use the Satellite signal (decode), and because mos tof these Chinese manufacturers sell these radios world wide, and are not in the business of paying license fees to a particular country, its simpler for them not to offer satellite. Honestly satellite radio is less of an issue today with all the wireless options out there, plus satellite has horrible compression and sounds lousy when listening to music., talk is ok..

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  10. Reply Mark Jul 15,2016 11:26 pm

    I bought one of these over a year ago. It’s clearly an identical Android 4.4 unit but branded Pumpkin. The WiFi is weak and unreliable, and the GPS worked for about 24 hours. Pumpkin support was friendly but not helpful, and refused to give me a new unit even when I sent this back. They returned the same unit with a little antenna wire added for the WiFi (result was minimal improvement) and the GPS was still nonfunctional. The nav software always says “looking for GPS receiver” (as distinct from “looking for satellites”). I’ve tried using my phone as an external bluetooth GPS (I have an actual standalone bluetooth GPS receiver, but the unit doesn’t support the proper profile to allow pairing), but it’s just too unreliable and too big a pain to have to make sure the phone is connected, then manually start special apps on both the phone and the stereo every time I turn on the ignition and before any location-aware apps start. I also tried a USB GPS receiver, but the unit doesn’t recognize it as a GPS.

    It’s really frustrating that they’ve removed a bunch of bluetooth and USB profiles that are part of standard Android.

    I did find a setting that puts it in sleep mode instead of complete shutdown for an adjustable period after key-off. I think the max setting is two hours, but that’s sufficient for many situations to keep from having to wait for a cold boot at every power-on.

    The display is clear and bright enough, but it’s low-res enough (800 x 480) that many Android apps don’t work because you can’t get at buttons that are pushed off screen, or the app insists on portrait mode and of course the unit is landscape-only. There’s really no excuse for it not being at least 1024 x 600.

    The other problem is that this unit is VERY deep, a lot deeper than necessary, and it doesn’t fit properly in my Hyundai i30 as a result. I’m NOT going to be hacking up the
    inner dash support of my car just to make this hunk of junk fit.

    It’s a shame because the audio is much better than the factory stereo and it has so much potential (reversing camera is especially nice), but it’s going to end up being an expensive paperweight and I’ll install something that has fewer deal-killing failures.

  11. Reply Mark Jul 15,2016 11:51 pm

    Sorry for duplicate posts, kept getting errors and didn’t look like the post got through.

    • Reply Tony B. Jul 19,2016 10:28 pm

      no worries, I cleaned up the duplicates.. Yeah, this is the big challenge with these Chinese radios the quality of the components , manufacturing and final assembly varies so much, and is usually not of higher quality. As for fit most of these Chinese radios are destined for the European Market and the Depth and 2 DIN dimensions are usually different because the are expressed in mm.

  12. Reply Elman Sharifov Aug 31,2016 12:42 am

    I took a new car with ouku on it. All options are working except radio. On radio option touch-screen also doesn’t work. i can’t choose radio channels. Have you any idea about this problem?

  13. Reply Chris Sep 29,2016 5:44 pm

    What has your experience been with the Freedom Pop puck? I hear so many negative things about it and it’s not free after a year.

    • Reply Tony B. Oct 11,2016 10:06 am

      I used an older WiMAX version that has since been discontinued, coverage was poor but for the price it worked.. For a car radio where you occasionally needs connection and if you travel mostly within the coverage area it might suffice. If you need more robust coverage, then go with one of the major vendors

  14. Reply Danny Jul 25,2017 10:51 am

    Great post with very useful information to all thanks for sharing.
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  15. Reply Hector Aug 21,2017 8:55 am

    I just installed one this weekend, well I still need to finish putting panels, etc back together again, but I have a question maybe can be answered here. I purchased a EinCar https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XQV83SK/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 and instructions are very vaugue.
    My question is, when using the GPS, will the music still play? If I can’t listen to music while navigating, I think it is a waste of time and money. I would like to know before I put everything back together so I can return it if I have to.

    Regrads

    • Reply Tony B. Aug 21,2017 9:45 am

      It should work, you should be able to hear the music over the gPS app, just like in any android mobile device. However, and this is a big but, are you referring to Blueooth music? music stored on an SD card ? or radio tuner music? . Because in some radios the radio tuner, uses different circuiting to deal wit the AMP and again depending on the radio manufacturer it may cut-out or not be playable during GPS operation. In other words certain radio features are single-tasking (like backup camera will cut off radio too) . Try to use ALL THE different audio sources (radio tuner, bluetooth music, SD card music , CD etc..) over the GPS app and see which ones work. Post a reply and let me now how it runs out.

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