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Today 02:56 AM
KevinW42 What is the sales page link for this, where are the factory buttons, does it keep them on the car? I knew there was another one like this but I lost track of the website I saw it on. Metra's buttons people say are cheap compared to factory and that backlight is pretty bright and not the blue as the dash lights.
10-29-2014 10:17 AM
Elchess I am thinking on getting the dashboard kit, there is another one similar to the metra but better locking and even cheaper and get a 2 din screen with all the functionality, when I replace the car I can even put the stock unit back and use this stereo for the new car

Here is the dashboard kit
10-29-2014 03:41 AM
KevinW42 There is a Florida company that builds Head Units like you can do with Raspberry Pi. He uses Windows CE I think, but he charges around $1200 they are called Car PC's. If his prices were not ridiculous more people would probably buy them. He has SSD hard drives inside so you can store a lot of music and videos.

My brother had a Windows 7 Head Unit on his Kia Spectre 5 a few years ago, everytime the car turned on it would load up and play the Windows tone.
10-29-2014 03:39 AM
KevinW42 A dude in Hungary who married a Hungarian woman, he used a Raspberry PI and a LCD screen in his dash kit drawing power from the factory wiring radio harness and he has a whole lot of features on it. His car does not have any steering wheel controls though. If someone would make one of those I know a guy made a VOICE feature for Raspberry Pi where you can talk to it and command it what to do. We need someone to do something like that so we do not have to buy junk from China.
10-29-2014 03:36 AM
KevinW42 Guys in Germany get these Chinese units and set them up on a table in there house. I have no idea how you would give one power but they do Youtube videos in there house showing the features and usually plug at least one speaker to it so you can hear it as well. I watched Ryan from West Coast customs, he installed a head unit with a name brand I never heard of into a 2012 Fiesta but the dash kit he used made the head unit sit higher on the dash. I would prefer factory look in the center on my 2012 Focus.
10-29-2014 03:34 AM
KevinW42 Have you tried the systems where it is a box you can connect to any Pioneer or Kenwood head unit and it basically replaces the built in OS with it's own OS? I can not remember the guy but it was a little black box, they showed that it takes over the OS on the head unit and replaces it with there own software. He said any cheap head unit would do, as the box shows there own version of software instead of what you get stuck with on the OEM brand head units. I can't remember the guys company and might have a bookmark saved, if I can find it easy enough. I heard Metras dash kit the buttons are cheap quality even though they claim laser cut, and the backlight is the wrong color. Some have stated at night time driving, the back light is way to bright and is annoying.

If I did replace the small SYNC screen with something else, can I install a head unit touch screen kit without removing a SYNC module anywhere in the car? I think it is under the center console, but I am not sure. It would be nice if the OEM Kenwood and Pioneer head units would have SYNC already installed or at least if we can keep the steering wheel controls and use the VOICE button for something like activating Google Now or SIRI Hands Free.
10-29-2014 03:25 AM
KevinW42 Do you have a Youtube video we can watch showing your unit, and if it works with the Voice button and others on the steering wheel? I have seen many pictures of the same looking products and they range from $299 and up. Depends on which Chinese seller you get them from. I am sure some are charging double what others are charging. They never want to give the Product ID number so you can buy it cheaper somewhere else online like Alibaba.
10-29-2014 03:21 AM
KevinW42 I have Sync in my car with the basic stereo, 2012 Focus SfE. What would you recommend, I would like to keep my SYNC system and some Chinese head units claim they already have SYNC installed. I have seen some online selling there MyTouch systems from a crashed vehicle, some claim they are NEW. But the prices are ridiculous.

What brands do you recommend to get a nice screen on my car and still be able to use
the VOICE button on the steering wheel. I would like to be able to talk to the car or
maybe even be able to use the VOICE button to activate any Google Now or SIRI features on the units. I know some adaptor boxes let you program the steering wheel
controls on a PC first, so you can assign extra features to each button.
10-29-2014 03:15 AM
Originally Posted by Elchess View Post
Hello Everyone,

I want to add to this tread my owe experience, I purchased the Android 4 unit, I setup the unit the same day it arrived. I had a similar unit with another car, and that unit has been working for 2 or 3 years with no real issues, but some defects I could bear with. in the other hand, I can tell the android module of the unit is worthless, everytime you want to access the GPS to have to go to the android and at least launch it once so the button on the dashboard works... until you turn it off.
The sound quality, the bass the radio reception and the bluetooth were awesome.
The screen wasnīt bright enough at day. awesome in the dark. I mostly play videomixes on it.
I would have kept the unit with those defects, only because of the bluetooth, DVD, GPS the USB capabilities and better sound quality than the stock unit. But there was one issue that made me return the unit. The screen got flipped all of the sudden up side down and it remained there for days. It happened to me at least 3 times with no reasons. I had to return the unit and lose some money. there was no feature activated to explain this behavior. I researched on google and I found some android tablets have this defect and itīs hardware related. I am still looking for other options. even try the windows CE 6 version. I really like the look of the units, the metra kit is just too horrible for me to del with, but even that is something I have not made the last call.
This happened on the Colby tablets because they installed the screens upside down when putting the tablets together. This is probably what happened and when you installed a different Android ROM on the colby tablets the screen was always upside down. If you somehow could take it apart, and put the screen right side up, it might solve that issue.
10-28-2014 02:14 PM
Elchess The stereo unit was good not sluggish the android one is similar what you can find on cheap Android 4 tablets, chinesse mostly, I liked the audio improvement coming from the stock unit, the bluetooth was also great, the screen wasn't bright enough at days, at nights it looked awesome, the plastics the unit was made are also good and it looked as the unit that comes with the Ti. Radio reception was also good. I'd kept it if mine didn't have any issue as the one I described before.
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