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Re: Fitted new Xtrons Android Headunit - Love it!

29 Mar 2018, 14:52

Xtrons also do a head unit with DAB built in, which increases your options. However, it runs WinCE (pronounced "wince", for good reasons) not Android.

Re: Fitted new Xtrons Android Headunit - Love it!

29 Mar 2018, 18:36

Thanks Steve,

I'd seen the WinCE models - didn't fancy going down that route. I like the idea of the an Android HU, with lots of software options, but when driving I mainly listen to 5Live which is best on DAB. Halfords did a good deal on the Kenwood DNX7017DABS (£325) which I was tempted by and will go for if the Xtrons DAB isn't up to much.

Re: Fitted new Xtrons Android Headunit - Love it!

20 Jun 2018, 15:42

Hi all. I know this is now an ancient thread, but wondered if I could get some opinions.
I have just ordered the Xtrons PB76ATTAP, and am bemused by the number of available Navigation Apps.
It is Android operating system, and as I live in the UK, the app must be able to accept proper post codes.
Which app would you recommend and your reasons, please.

Re: Fitted new Xtrons Android Headunit - Love it!

20 Jun 2018, 16:26

Kelpy wrote:Hi all. I know this is now an ancient thread, but wondered if I could get some opinions.
I have just ordered the Xtrons PB76ATTAP, and am bemused by the number of available Navigation Apps.
It is Android operating system, and as I live in the UK, the app must be able to accept proper post codes.
Which app would you recommend and your reasons, please.

Install Waze or Google Maps. Both will handle post codes, plus a whole lot more. You need to be on-line of course, but that brings dynamic traffic routing too so on our crowded roads that in itself is a massive advantage.

Re: Fitted new Xtrons Android Headunit - Love it!

20 Jun 2018, 17:09

pdk42 wrote:
Kelpy wrote:Hi all. I know this is now an ancient thread, but wondered if I could get some opinions.
I have just ordered the Xtrons PB76ATTAP, and am bemused by the number of available Navigation Apps.
It is Android operating system, and as I live in the UK, the app must be able to accept proper post codes.
Which app would you recommend and your reasons, please.

Install Waze or Google Maps. Both will handle post codes, plus a whole lot more. You need to be on-line of course, but that brings dynamic traffic routing too so on our crowded roads that in itself is a massive advantage.


Thank you for the quick response, pdk42.
I neglected to mention that I am a dinosaur, and do not have a phone connected to the internet.
I really need something that is 'free-standing' on the head unit.

Re: Fitted new Xtrons Android Headunit - Love it!

20 Jun 2018, 17:34

I have tried a few but am currently using Offline Maps & Navigation which is free.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... nemaps.gps
I think there are adverts although I have never seen one as once I start driving I am out of the range of my home WiFi and I rarely tether it from my phone.
The maps are really upto date - Google Maps doesn't have my street or the adjacent ones (new housing estate), however the maps with this do.

Andy

Re: Fitted new Xtrons Android Headunit - Love it!

20 Jun 2018, 18:23

Kelpy wrote:Hi all. I know this is now an ancient thread, but wondered if I could get some opinions.
I have just ordered the Xtrons PB76ATTAP, and am bemused by the number of available Navigation Apps.
It is Android operating system, and as I live in the UK, the app must be able to accept proper post codes.
Which app would you recommend and your reasons, please.


Waze works very reliably on the PB76. Google maps is unstable on the PB76 unless you update the firmware which I haven't been able to do (involves rooting the Device, which is known as jailbreaking of you're an apple person).

Waze uses Google maps and has accurate traffic data.

There's an offline one called sygic which gets good reviews.

Re: Fitted new Xtrons Android Headunit - Love it!

21 Jun 2018, 06:47

Thank you for your suggestions Andy and Rory182.
It sounds like my best route is to download some samples and try them.
Andy, I like the idea of a completely free app :) , and rory182 Waze looks good.
I'm a bit of a technophobe, really, and don't know how to download these apps onto the Xtrons. Does the head unit connect to the internet on it's own without using a phone, so I can go to Google Play and download them?

Re: Fitted new Xtrons Android Headunit - Love it!

21 Jun 2018, 07:43

Kelpy wrote:Thank you for your suggestions Andy and Rory182.
It sounds like my best route is to download some samples and try them.
Andy, I like the idea of a completely free app :) , and rory182 Waze looks good.
I'm a bit of a technophobe, really, and don't know how to download these apps onto the Xtrons. Does the head unit connect to the internet on it's own without using a phone, so I can go to Google Play and download them?


Easiest way to connect the HU to the internet is to use WiFi. If you can park your car close to the house and you have WiFi in your house then that's the easiest. Failing that the best thing is to use a Mobile Hotspot on your phone (so long as your phone can do that - most modern phones will, but older devices may not). You could also use a 3G/4G dongle on your HU. These are effectively little hotspots of their own. My recent experience of them hasn't been good though - I've been through two neither of which has worked reliably. Maybe I've just been unlucky.

Re: Fitted new Xtrons Android Headunit - Love it!

21 Jun 2018, 08:02

Many thanks pdk42.
I have wifi at home, so I'll try that when I have the unit fitted. Being delivered today - yippee.
My phone is old, but I believe has most of the facilities, but I have never been able to download apps on it. I find it all a bit confusing. Hopefully this new unit is easier to understand by the poor old bugger :)

Re: Fitted new Xtrons Android Headunit - Love it!

21 Jun 2018, 08:28

Kelpy wrote:Many thanks pdk42.
I have wifi at home, so I'll try that when I have the unit fitted. Being delivered today - yippee.
My phone is old, but I believe has most of the facilities, but I have never been able to download apps on it. I find it all a bit confusing. Hopefully this new unit is easier to understand by the poor old bugger :)


The head unit is basically a multi-input audio device - the Android part is just one of the inputs (others being Bluetooth, DVD, Radio, Aux, TV, reversing camera). The Android part has proprietary apps that allow it to control the hardware (so effectivley switching between the inputs). The Android module is effectively an Android tablet. Apps can be manually installed by copying the appropriate .apk installation file to the flash storage (internal or usually a Micro-SD card) and 'clicked on' using a file browser or you can download and install them from the Google Play store. For the Play store to work you need to add your Google account to the head unit - exactly as you would an Android phone or tablet.
Lots of information here - https://forum.xda-developers.com/android-auto

Good luck.
Andy

Re: Fitted new Xtrons Android Headunit - Love it!

21 Jun 2018, 08:41

Thanks for the detailed explanation, Andy. I'm sure I'll get my head around it eventually.
I had a brief look at the link, thanks, and will have a good read tonight.
Cheers
Trev

Re: Fitted new Xtrons Android Headunit - Love it!

19 Nov 2018, 11:26

Very impressed with the vatious write ups on the Xtrons head unit, I'm considering buying the same one.
I have a slight concern and would be very appreciative if someone could help.
PDK42 you mentioned that having changed your phone to a Samsung s7 you had been having trouble connecting to Wifi hotspot. I also have a S7 and am concerned about this matter.
The headunit only operates on 2.4GHz. My phone is running Android 8 oreo and having looked into it the option to change from 2.4 to 5GHz has been removed with the Oreo update.
Can anyone offer any advice on this matter?
Many thanks

Re: Fitted new Xtrons Android Headunit - Love it!

19 Nov 2018, 11:39

Outnumbered wrote:Very impressed with the vatious write ups on the Xtrons head unit, I'm considering buying the same one.
I have a slight concern and would be very appreciative if someone could help.
PDK42 you mentioned that having changed your phone to a Samsung s7 you had been having trouble connecting to Wifi hotspot. I also have a S7 and am concerned about this matter.
The headunit only operates on 2.4GHz. My phone is running Android 8 oreo and having looked into it the option to change from 2.4 to 5GHz has been removed with the Oreo update.
Can anyone offer any advice on this matter?
Many thanks


I have Oreo on my HTC U11 and have had no issues tethering the wifi.

Re: Fitted new Xtrons Android Headunit - Love it!

19 Nov 2018, 15:33

That's great thanks Nixmix. Xtrons have a black Friday sake on with 20% off so think I'll go for it
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