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      04-17-2020, 07:48 AM   #1
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Android radio install Carplay

I ordered a radio from Eonon, feeling skeptical as I've ordered from them before and had a radio die within 2 months. However, they updated the model for the e90 to install carplay. Installation took about an hour, but the sound is so much better; and the use of carplay makes the car perfect. Only problem is getting the time to stay but I'll figure that out on my own. Eonon GA9465 Unit

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I guess you had no heated seat buttons? What is your review so far?
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Looks nice. Any reason you chose this over the dash mounted?
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its considerably less expensive and reversible.
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I guess you had no heated seat buttons? What is your review so far?
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I guess you had no heated seat buttons? What is your review so far?
Actually, in the settings there's an app that says car info. Gives me setting for seeing gas mileage, temperature all the original oem stuff as well as turn on the heated seats. You can also buy an adapter to go in the change and 12v compartment
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Looks nice. Any reason you chose this over the dash mounted?
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Looks nice. Any reason you chose this over the dash mounted?
Was scared to cut out of dashboard, and in case it went bad and the next owner didn't want it; it's reversible. I want to put the top screen in but i'm scared of messing up the hole
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Was scared to cut out of dashboard, and in case it went bad and the next owner didn't want it; it's reversible. I want to put the top screen in but i'm scared of messing up the hole
Makes sense, totally get it.
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I just installed the same unit tonight. A couple remarks and questions. First off the call quality with the external microphone seems to be excellent. I removed the microphone from its housing because it was too big and I placed it in the oem roof location. Sound quality also remarkable.

CarPlay worked quite seamlessly but I couldnít get my Bluetooth on iPhone 11 latest OS to stay connected.

A question for you. Did you wire the constant power into the fuse box and is that necessary?

Iím going to order a reverse cam that fits the trunk handle
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I just installed the same unit tonight. A couple remarks and questions. First off the call quality with the external microphone seems to be excellent. I removed the microphone from its housing because it was too big and I placed it in the oem roof location. Sound quality also remarkable.

CarPlay worked quite seamlessly but I couldn't get my Bluetooth on iPhone 11 latest OS to stay connected.

A question for you. Did you wire the constant power into the fuse box and is that necessary?

I'm going to order a reverse cam that fits the trunk handle
i also just installed this into my E90. The yellow wire needs to go to the fuse box for Constant 12v to keep the settings and time.

The heated seats being in there is nice, i just wish it was easier to get to. I'll end up putting in the ashtray relocation in for the buttons.

i also had to install some APKb files when i wanted to use a different launcher. i am using the Agama. I played around with it on my phone first to find the look that i like so far. Gives me the options that i want and looks more stock and user friendly. i didn't like the interface that it came with
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I just installed the same unit tonight. A couple remarks and questions. First off the call quality with the external microphone seems to be excellent. I removed the microphone from its housing because it was too big and I placed it in the oem roof location. Sound quality also remarkable.

CarPlay worked quite seamlessly but I couldn't get my Bluetooth on iPhone 11 latest OS to stay connected.

A question for you. Did you wire the constant power into the fuse box and is that necessary?

I'm going to order a reverse cam that fits the trunk handle
i also just installed this into my E90. The yellow wire needs to go to the fuse box for Constant 12v to keep the settings and time.

The heated seats being in there is nice, i just wish it was easier to get to. I'll end up putting in the ashtray relocation in for the buttons.

i also had to install some APKb files when i wanted to use a different launcher. i am using the Agama. I played around with it on my phone first to find the look that i like so far. Gives me the options that i want and looks more stock and user friendly. i didn't like the interface that it came with
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I just installed the same unit tonight. A couple remarks and questions. First off the call quality with the external microphone seems to be excellent. I removed the microphone from its housing because it was too big and I placed it in the oem roof location. Sound quality also remarkable.

CarPlay worked quite seamlessly but I couldn't get my Bluetooth on iPhone 11 latest OS to stay connected.

A question for you. Did you wire the constant power into the fuse box and is that necessary?

I'm going to order a reverse cam that fits the trunk handle
i also just installed this into my E90. The yellow wire needs to go to the fuse box for Constant 12v to keep the settings and time.

The heated seats being in there is nice, i just wish it was easier to get to. I'll end up putting in the ashtray relocation in for the buttons.

i also had to install some APKb files when i wanted to use a different launcher. i am using the Agama. I played around with it on my phone first to find the look that i like so far. Gives me the options that i want and looks more stock and user friendly. i didn't like the interface that it came with
how did you do this? Do you have an iPhone?
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i also just installed this into my E90. The yellow wire needs to go to the fuse box for Constant 12v to keep the settings and time.

The heated seats being in there is nice, i just wish it was easier to get to. I'll end up putting in the ashtray relocation in for the buttons.

i also had to install some APKb files when i wanted to use a different launcher. i am using the Agama. I played around with it on my phone first to find the look that i like so far. Gives me the options that i want and looks more stock and user friendly. i didn't like the interface that it came with
Which fuse did you use for constant on? I have the seat heater fuse already being used by my dashcam. Is it super necessary? I'm quite sure my settings like EQ were retained with power cycles.
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how did you do this? Do you have an iPhone?
Is this directed at me and what is the question?
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how did you do this? Do you have an iPhone?
Is this directed at me and what is the question?
yes, just wondering bc i can't find the phone link app when searching in agama
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yes, just wondering bc i can't find the phone link app when searching in agama
Sorry, I don't understand the question completely. I do have an iphone. There is a dedicated USB port for carplay on the head unit. I connected a male to female USB extension from that right into the armrest. I depinned the oem usb housing and the chord was a tight pressure fit into there. Once you plug your apple cable into the port carplay immediately loads up extremely quick.

After installing this unit I have a little bit more feedback for anyone considering it.

A. The supplied brackets and screws for the head unit aren't the most precise fit. The screws didn't seem to be long enough to catch into the Dash. There are lower clips that are supposed to catch into a bracket they provide which you screw into the dash. The climate control unit and the head unit were constantly fighting to get these in. Ultimately because I couldn't secure the HU with the screws I pushed too hard on the screen and cracked it.

B. The sound quality is amazing. The built in DSP function is epic.

C. The split screen function was very laggy. I think the drain it caused on the system was too much for it to handle. I couldn't run google maps and youtube at the same time without a lot of lag. I wouldn't put too much faith in that function. Would likely be improved with a better processor and more ram. Eonon doesn't have a higher spec option.

D. The screen being as low as it is isn't the most ideal.

Overall it isn't bad, but I think the Joying units possible are a better value for this. Joying has a model specific version with an 8" screen, more buttons, better hardware, more memory and higher resolution screen.

I returned my Eonon and I think I am going to try a Joying unit with the detachable screen so I don't have to relocate the climate control and I can mount the screen higher. I could also get a 10.25" screen this way.
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yes, just wondering bc i can't find the phone link app when searching in agama
Sorry, I don't understand the question completely. I do have an iphone. There is a dedicated USB port for carplay on the head unit. I connected a male to female USB extension from that right into the armrest. I depinned the oem usb housing and the chord was a tight pressure fit into there. Once you plug your apple cable into the port carplay immediately loads up extremely quick.

After installing this unit I have a little bit more feedback for anyone considering it.

A. The supplied brackets and screws for the head unit aren't the most precise fit. The screws didn't seem to be long enough to catch into the Dash. There are lower clips that are supposed to catch into a bracket they provide which you screw into the dash. The climate control unit and the head unit were constantly fighting to get these in. Ultimately because I couldn't secure the HU with the screws I pushed too hard on the screen and cracked it.

B. The sound quality is amazing. The built in DSP function is epic.

C. The split screen function was very laggy. I think the drain it caused on the system was too much for it to handle. I couldn't run google maps and youtube at the same time without a lot of lag. I wouldn't put too much faith in that function. Would likely be improved with a better processor and more ram. Eonon doesn't have a higher spec option.

D. The screen being as low as it is isn't the most ideal.

Overall it isn't bad, but I think the Joying units possible are a better value for this. Joying has a model specific version with an 8" screen, more buttons, better hardware, more memory and higher resolution screen.

I returned my Eonon and I think I am going to try a Joying unit with the detachable screen so I don't have to relocate the climate control and I can mount the screen higher. I could also get a 10.25" screen this way.
I did find that the two bolts that hold in the radio really don't screw in at all. You have to snap the radio into the climate control and then it fits snug
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I did find that the two bolts that hold in the radio really don't screw in at all. You have to snap the radio into the climate control and then it fits snug
exactly. I found someone else on IG that also had this unit and he said the same thing. I returned the unit via amazon. Personally, I also think thats a safety concern. I had the clips pop out during driving. If there is a serious accident that unit could fly out and hit someone. I would find longer screws or contact them so they do that.
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I did find that the two bolts that hold in the radio really don't screw in at all. You have to snap the radio into the climate control and then it fits snug
exactly. I found someone else on IG that also had this unit and he said the same thing. I returned the unit via amazon. Personally, I also think thats a safety concern. I had the clips pop out during driving. If there is a serious accident that unit could fly out and hit someone. I would find longer screws or contact them so they do that.
mine snaps in tight, and the air conditioning unit on the bottom holds it tight against the dash; i haven't had a problem even with hard braking
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I plan on buying the exact same unit and I'm glad it looks so beautiful installed, but even though inside theres an option to use the heated seat function, but part of me still want to retain the buttons. I recall that it's possible to use the AC module from a LCI model with the heated seats button on the module and it's plug and play into the pre-LCI?

An example would be putting this

https://www.google.com/amp/www.bimme...-unit-9224546/

and replacing the current prelci one where the buttons are below. Any thoughts/advice?
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mine snaps in tight, and the air conditioning unit on the bottom holds it tight against the dash; i haven't had a problem even with hard braking
I found another guy on IG with the exact same problem as myself. His screen ended up cracking as well from trying to push the unit in. Your choice of course, but I wouldn't trust those lower clips being the only thing holding that unit in. God forbid it pops off one time during braking and it hurts someone or the screen breaks and you're out of warranty or a return period. I'd hunt down some longer screws at minimum. I'd send Eonon feedback as well, so they can rectify it.

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I plan on buying the exact same unit and I'm glad it looks so beautiful installed, but even though inside theres an option to use the heated seat function, but part of me still want to retain the buttons. I recall that it's possible to use the AC module from a LCI model with the heated seats button on the module and it's plug and play into the pre-LCI?

An example would be putting this

https://www.google.com/amp/www.bimme...-unit-9224546/

and replacing the current prelci one where the buttons are below. Any thoughts/advice?
Look at the units from Joying as well. They have some better specs. You could also get their single din universal units to work with their harness and not have to relocate your climate control or heated seat buttons.

https://www.1addicts.com/forums/show....php?t=1670019
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I plan on buying the exact same unit and I'm glad it looks so beautiful installed, but even though inside theres an option to use the heated seat function, but part of me still want to retain the buttons. I recall that it's possible to use the AC module from a LCI model with the heated seats button on the module and it's plug and play into the pre-LCI?

An example would be putting this

https://www.google.com/amp/www.bimme...-unit-9224546/

and replacing the current prelci one where the buttons are below. Any thoughts/advice?
I recently have had trouble with my amp since installing it
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I plan on buying the exact same unit and I'm glad it looks so beautiful installed, but even though inside theres an option to use the heated seat function, but part of me still want to retain the buttons. I recall that it's possible to use the AC module from a LCI model with the heated seats button on the module and it's plug and play into the pre-LCI?

An example would be putting this

https://www.google.com/amp/www.bimme...-unit-9224546/

and replacing the current prelci one where the buttons are below. Any thoughts/advice?
I recently have had trouble with my amp since installing it
Your stock amp? Or do you have an aftermarket system?
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I plan on buying the exact same unit and I'm glad it looks so beautiful installed, but even though inside theres an option to use the heated seat function, but part of me still want to retain the buttons. I recall that it's possible to use the AC module from a LCI model with the heated seats button on the module and it's plug and play into the pre-LCI?

An example would be putting this

https://www.google.com/amp/www.bimme...-unit-9224546/

and replacing the current prelci one where the buttons are below. Any thoughts/advice?
I recently have had trouble with my amp since installing it
Your stock amp? Or do you have an aftermarket system?
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I plan on buying the exact same unit and I'm glad it looks so beautiful installed, but even though inside theres an option to use the heated seat function, but part of me still want to retain the buttons. I recall that it's possible to use the AC module from a LCI model with the heated seats button on the module and it's plug and play into the pre-LCI?

An example would be putting this

https://www.google.com/amp/www.bimme...-unit-9224546/

and replacing the current prelci one where the buttons are below. Any thoughts/advice?
I recently have had trouble with my amp since installing it
Your stock amp? Or do you have an aftermarket system?
stock, the speakers have been cracking could just be mjne
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