MMI installation - question for the master

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Post by Silverstar » Fri Apr 09, 2021 6:05 pm

Timmyboybunter wrote: Fri Apr 09, 2021 8:46 am What I mean is, if I get into the car in the day time - I want the MMI in day mode. If I get into the car at night, I want the MMI in night mode.

I'm way, way, way too busy and important to be changing anything on my phone to achieve the dark mode :D

(I've only half heartedly tried the various options so far as the car isn't getting used much given the current restrictions - the end in sight though)
Can you change the background (desktop) in Android Auto? In CarPlay you can choose different background designs including an all black screen but in that background the night mode doesn't work, when I have one of the other background styles / colours the night mode works fine. I've also noticed that on one app night mode does not work but it does on all other apps. Maybe you have something similar in Android Auto?
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Post by Timmyboybunter » Fri Apr 09, 2021 8:44 pm

I don't remember seeing an option relating to the background, and I did go through all the settings a couple of times.

I'll probably get whatever is the latest firmware for my version and spend a bit of night time fiddling time outside :?
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Post by AnubisZed » Fri Apr 09, 2021 10:07 pm

In the new update you can change the background but only the apps background, if you are playing music you won't see it. You'll also end up with the split screen view (unless you do already) which i really don't like at all.
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Post by Silverstar » Sat Apr 10, 2021 1:47 am

Timmyboybunter wrote: Fri Apr 09, 2021 8:44 pm I don't remember seeing an option relating to the background, and I did go through all the settings a couple of times.

I'll probably get whatever is the latest firmware for my version and spend a bit of night time fiddling time outside :?
If you have access to an iPhone it might be worth hooking it up to Car Play and see if the night mode works. If it does then you know it may not be an issue with the box.
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Post by Roddy » Sat Apr 10, 2021 4:10 am

Timmyboybunter wrote: Fri Apr 09, 2021 8:44 pm I don't remember seeing an option relating to the background, and I did go through all the settings a couple of times.

I'll probably get whatever is the latest firmware for my version and spend a bit of night time fiddling time outside :?
In the settings here:
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Post by Timmyboybunter » Sat Apr 10, 2021 12:06 pm

Roddy wrote: Sat Apr 10, 2021 4:10 am In the settings here:
Appreciate the pics - thanks :thumbsup:
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Post by Roddy » Thu Apr 22, 2021 3:38 am

It seems Android auto wireless requirements may have changed. According to the Google site the requirement is as below. Not sure if this applies to the Andream box but I'll try it soon. I updated my Zenfone a few days ago to Android 11.
I have asked the support team, waiting for a reply.

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Post by mcbutler » Thu Apr 22, 2021 5:53 pm

pariahrob wrote: Sun Mar 14, 2021 5:31 pm Haha. Good to know.
Thanks to you my MMI install went smoothly today. All works well and zero lag when switching to pdc. Mine seems to startup on CarPlay so that’s good.
Only thing to fix is to make it so Siri doesn’t shout at me. Currently way louder than music. But this thread has tips for that too.
Thanks Dave!
Does this screen retract like the OEM item?
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Post by Timmyboybunter » Thu Apr 22, 2021 7:38 pm

mcbutler wrote: Thu Apr 22, 2021 5:53 pmDoes this screen retract like the OEM item?
Yup - because it *is* the OEM screen. The MMI box essentially sits in between iDrive and the original screen, sending Android/Apple auto images to the screen instead (but you can switch between iDrive and the MMI box whenever you like)
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Post by mcbutler » Fri Apr 23, 2021 12:18 pm

Can we have a link to the supplier of this unit PLZ :-)
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Post by AnubisZed » Fri Apr 23, 2021 12:46 pm

mcbutler wrote: Fri Apr 23, 2021 12:18 pm Can we have a link to the supplier of this unit PLZ :-)
Certainly Mark, this is the one I have in my Z and the one I've fitted a few times and recommended to others.... https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4001063 ... 2e0ePutbg2 :thumbsup:

**EDIT** They seem to be currently out of stock of the CIC version (that's the one you'd need in a Z4)
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Post by Roddy » Mon Apr 26, 2021 1:46 am

Update, my Zenfone 7 with Android 11 now pairs and works wirelessly, just as Google mentioned. Tested earlier with Google maps and some UK radio, seems OK.
I did ask the manufacturer's support guy, he had no idea, just repeated the old list of compatible phones, which it seems was a Google thing (?) not a limitation of the box as can be seen on the pic I posted before.

Also some other changes, there are now more apps available on Android auto. Sygic maps, Whatsapp chat and Skype have now appeared, if you have them on your phone natch. There are probably others that I don't use too.
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