Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Kansas City, MO
My Ride: 2004 325i
Enco B046 - Android 4.04 Version
What this thread is for:
- The Enco B046 With Android 4.04
- Android Technical Discussion
- Android Development
- Flaws and Limitations
- Community-Based Support
- Helpful Tips, Work-Arounds, and How-To Guides
- Frequently Asked Questions
What this thread isn't for:
- Dynavin Radios Of Any Variety
- Should I / Shouldn't I Buy
- Windows CE
- Arguments and Bad Vibes, maaaan.
With as cluttered and filled with outdated information as the current thread has become, it's time to fork it off into something a bit more concise and focused.
- Where do I buy this radio?
Go to Alibaba and get in contact with Charles or Jolly, who I think might be Charles in a wig.
After some research, I believe I have found their actual photos:
- What all does the radio do?
The radio is like the Dynavin, in that the "Navigation" portion is a separate computer board. This one runs Android.
Here's the feature set:
Here's the specs for the Android side:
1)Double Din GPS Car DVD Player with 7" Touch Screen Monitor
3)Steering Wheel Controls
4)Built-in Bluetooth for mobile hands-free and audio playback.
5)Built in IPOD function
6)4X50W maximum power output from built-in amp
7)Compatible with DVD,DVD-R,DVD-RW,HDVD,DVCD,MP3,MP4,CD-R,CD-RW,VCD,DIVX,WMA and so on.
8)Built in analog TV tuner (DVB-T and ISDB-T are optional)
10)GPS function,built in gps module.
11)Radio receiving: FM/AM can be stored 32 stations. RDS is available .
12)USB/SD card port: support MP4,DIVX,JPEG,MP3 and WMA playback
13)Car reverse camera input (switches automatically)
OS: ANDROID 4.04
CPU: TCC8925 1.2Ghz Dual Core
RAM: 1G DDR2 RAM
Internal Storage: 4GB Internal FLASH
External Storage: Up to 32GB microSD
1 USB Port (Host Mode Only)
- How much does it cost?
With the Radio, Wifi Dongle, Reverse Camera, and Shipping, plus a 5% Paypal Fee they want $630. 3G dongles are $30. They are willing to negotiate some.
- What if it doesn't work / it doesn't arrive / etc
You will deal with Charles, and it will be a painful, drawn-out process. He seems to respond best to a Paypal dispute.
- Will navigation work perfectly right out of the box?
No. Navigation will probably not work right out of the box.
- Well, how do I fix the navigation, then? The button says NAVI right on it!
First, you need to root the device. Second, you'll need to install my custom framework.jar to resolve an issue with it calculating your moving speed at 1.852x your actual speed. Third, if you want to use iGO, the stock-installed Navigation app, you'll need to use a program like LCDDensity for Root to change your DPI to 145. It's an ugly hack, though, because it's not the native density, and causes some apps to behave funny. I have verified that TomTom works at the "original" density of 160, and everything looks perfect with the font size set to "small" in the Android settings menu. I haven't tried to crank up the density even further.
- Why can't I install X or Y application from the Play Store?
You might be running an unsupported DPI for that app, or the app doesn't like the id string in your build.prop. This is something that will be sorted out soon, by myself or others in the community. In the meantime, it's pretty easy to obtain the actual APKs for applications. If you have an Android phone, and you've installed the app you want, use SaveAPK and OI File Manager, both free, to export the APK for use on another device.
- What about Bluetooth? I want Torque!
I haven't had the chance to experiment with Bluetooth dongles, or look through to see if there are even any Bluetooth drivers built into the kernel. Otherwise, Torque Pro does support USB ELM327 devices in Android. With a USB hub, and the proper ELM327 device, you would be up and running.
- What else can I do with it?
I run a Subsonic server from a PC in my house. With the Subsonic app on Android, and an internet connection (wifi tethered to my phone) I have access to my entire music and video library. It works extremely well, and I've been using it for a couple of years in my other vehicle, where I've replaced the stock radio with a Samsung Galaxy Tab and an external amp.
You'll have to come up with an APK for it, since it won't install from the Play store, but when you're sick of your own music collection, it's Pandora to the rescue.
Listen to your favorite radio station from your old home town, sports games that are blacked out in your area, or a local police scanner feed.
This is one of my favorite apps, and another one for which you'll need an APK. It will allow you to send your current GPS location to anyone, for a period of time that you specify, and it'll give them a link on the Glympse server to watch you travel. I use it when I'm traveling a long distance, to see family or friends, if I'm late to a customer meeting, if I'm meeting friends at the pub, or if anyone ever asks me, "Where are you?" I send them a "Glympse" from the Glympse widget, and they can see my location, current speed, and if I've put in a destination, an ETA, all overlaid on a Google map.
When I'm in a new city, I always need to know, "What's good to eat nearby?" The Yelp app for Android will tell you the restaurants close by, whether they're open now, etc, based on your GPS location.
I'm sure you know what this does.
...the list goes on and on
- Wtf? Sound from Android only comes out of the front!
Go to the "Radio Side", into "sound" portion of the settings menu, and set Music_NAV to OFF.
- Wtf? It's REALLY LOUD!
Your BMW must have a factory amp. The best thing to do is get an adjustable 4 channel Line Output Converter, and splice it into the harness that came with the radio. The BMW factory amp is "special", and requires more oomph than normal line-level (RCA) output, but less oomph than speaker-level output. An adjustable 4 channel Line Output Converter (LOC) will let you dial this in. Something like this should work fine.
- Wtf? My USB drive doesn't show up in Android when plugged into the second USB port on the back!
There's only one USB port for the Android side, and it's the top one in the set of two plugs on the back of the radio. The bottom plug goes to the "Radio Side." If you need to hook up more than one device (wifi dongle + anything else), you'll need to hook up a USB hub.
When you first get your radio, here's what you'll want to do:
- Download the zip posted here: http://www.mediafire.com/?cj853v4gzn66i2o, rename it to "update.zip", and put it in the root of your microSD card.
- Go to settings>about Tablet>System updates>External Storage>Install Update.
- When it comes back up, you're rooted.
- Next, you'll want to install my Modded Framework.jar.
---HERE BE DRAGONS---
---THIS CAN BRICK YOUR RADIO---
---YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED---
The easiest way to install this is to put it on your microSD card, use ES File Explorer, mount the system as read/write, go to your microSD card, long press the new framework.jar and hit "copy." Then, go to /system/framework and long press framework.jar to rename it to framework.jar.old. Then, press the "paste" button at the top. Exit out of ES File Explorer. Open it back up, and verify the new framework.jar is in /system/framework. Reboot.
- If you want to use iGo for Navigation, get LCD Density For Root and change your density to 145 DPI. iGo will then stop crashing out, telling you that you have an unsupported resolution.
Google Navigation does not work. The "driveabout" turn-by-turn portion requires the GPS driver to provide location accuracy data, which ours does not. Your alternatives are iGo and TomTom. Navigon probably works, as well as others, but I have not verified anything else as of yet.
Last edited by PainBreak; 01-26-2013 at 11:51 AM.