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Hey there...

I'm here to announce and show my amazingly fantastic in-dash mount of my Nexus 7 in my super-duper 2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT. XD

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First of all I'd like to say a few words. The moment I started imagining the project in my head, I started looking for information. I soon realized that most of the things I wanted to implement weren't even possible "out-of-the-box", and some where still unavailable by way of custom developments. But still, I came across a thread by a guy that goes by the name of Timur. Him and a few other guys were trying to implement the same things I had imagined. All this to say this project has only been possible due to their work. So... kudos to all you guys! :)

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So... it starts.

My project is not implemented yet and much is left to be done. I like to plan things ahead so that I don't get caught off-hand later on. This would mean having to unmount my dash all over again.

User Interface v1.0 screenshots:
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User Interface v2.0 screenshots:
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User Interface v3.0 screenshots:
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Final User Interface screenshots:
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So that you'll understand what I'll be working with/on, here's a pic of the radio console and display:
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The radio is behind the buttons panel and I'll be installing the N7 where the stock display is and the display will be placed above the N7, mounted on a special adapter. This gives me the chance to keep every stock audio-related gear without having to replace anything.
Here's a fancy diagram showing all the connections I intend to do.

nexus7diagram.jpg

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List of materials (gear used or being planned):

  • Nexus 7 Grouper ................................................................. 250,00€
  • Mouting gear (Power supply and related materials):
  • Chevrolet Cruze 7" Fascia .................................................... 54,86€
  • ABS Sheet .............................................................................. 5,91€
  • Add-a-Fuse ............................................................................. 5,98€
  • 5A Fuse .................................................................................. 0,50€
  • On/Off Switch .......................................................................... 1,30€
  • 12v to 5v converter (3A, USB version) .................................... 3,57€
  • Stock USB-microUSB cable
  • Micro USB 5-Wire Extension ................................................. 18,69€
  • USB 2m Extension (not used for it didn't provide enough "juice" to the Hub ......................................................................................... 2,73€
  • Delock Adapter USB 3.0 Docking Cable / Extension ............... 9,90€
  • USB OTG Y-cable ................................................................... 4,49€
  • 4-port USB self-powered hub .................................................. 2,39€
  • Velcro Strips (secure the tablet to the fascia) ......................... 5,99€
  • Screen protector from Ultimate Shield (trashed) ............................. 8,56€
  • Screen Protector from Belkin ................................................ 12,99€
  • Audio/Media (and related materials):
  • Hifimediy Sabre USB DAC ..................................................... 43,66€
  • Western Digital My Passport 500Gb ..................................... 47,96€
  • USB Dual Power Y Cable ........................................................ 5,49€
  • Audio Splitter Cable ................................................................ 2,92€
  • RCA - Jack short cable (originally bought to connect to the Behringer UCA202) ................................................................................................ 3,09€

Total cost (so far): 490,98€

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List of software/apps being used/evaluated:

  • OS-related:
  • Timur's USBROM (Development thread)
  • Off-mode-charge mod (kudos to trevd) (instructions)
  • UI-related apps:
  • Apex Launcher Pro
  • GMD GestureControl (gesture shortcuts, allows navigation bar hiding)
  • LMT Launcher (gesture shortcuts and pie-format navigation menu with auto-hide, allows navigation bar hiding) free
  • Simple Image Wallpaper Free (live wallpaper that implements images without cropping) free
  • Desktop VisualizeR (custom icons) free
  • Ultimate Custom Widget (UCCW) (need I explain? lol) free
  • Minimalistic Text (custom text-only icons/widgets) free
  • Dock Clock (full screen clock) free
  • Media-related apps:
  • Poweramp Full Version (unlock app)....................................... 2,99€
  • Audio Glow Music Visualizer free
  • Media Buttons (media customizable widget) free
  • Music Popup (popup showing Artist name, album name and photo, and song)
  • Tune Announcer (same as the above, only better)
  • musiXmatch Lyrics Player (needed by Poweramp to display lyrics) free
  • MX Player free
  • TuneIn Radio free
  • StickMount
  • aVIa Media Player (sharing media files with other androids) free
  • Navigation/car-related apps:
  • FuelLog - Car Management free
  • Mais Gasolina Mobile (Portuguese app that shows gas stations and prices) free
  • TMN Drive HD (Portuguese map with voice navigation) free
  • m.Portagem (Portuguese highway tolls calculator) free
  • Misc. apps:
  • Tasker
  • ASTRO File Manager
  • Root Explorer
  • Titanium Backup
  • Battery Stats Plus free
  • Tablet Talk .............................................................................. 1,99€

Total cost (so far): 4,98€

(So that you guys don't get the wrong impression, I'm using a few "adulterated" app versions for testing purposes only. I do plan on buying every single paid app I use on my project.)
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I will be updating this topic whenever there's a development worth mentioning. I hope it will help other people. That's basically why I wrote this.
And please, feel free to show me new apps and sugest other implements. :)

Cheers!

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I really wish I could do this to my car but it's waaaaaay to complicated to even try and begin with a factory nav system

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I really wish I could do this to my car but it's waaaaaay to complicated to even try and begin with a factory nav system

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I have to say that I can actually do this without having to remove the stock radio because it's hidden behind the buttons panel, below the display. This is NOT
doable on all cars.

But still... it's a crazy but fun project.
 

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What do you mean by this? Are you keeping your stock speakers? Would this be any help to you?

(Ill post a link later today, I cant find what I am talking about..."
I'm actually keeping everything stock-audio related: radio, speakers, wires... the works. My initial thought was to connect the DAC to the AUX-In, but since it's a little out of reach I have to find a way to connect it to the connector that fits in the radio, which has all the connections, including the AUX-In cables.
 

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I'm actually keeping everything stock-audio related: radio, speakers, wires... the works. My initial thought was to connect the DAC to the AUX-In, but since it's a little out of reach I have to find a way to connect it to the connector that fits in the radio, which has all the connections, including the AUX-In cables.
So what will be powering your speakers? The stock radio? Or is it an after market radio?
 

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nice work Kookie, exactly what I had in mind even before the N7 came out! Check out multipicture live wallpaper. I'm guessing you are using invisible icons and such and it will give you the ability to change things up a little if you want, see this video to see what I'm talking about
 

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nice work Kookie, exactly what I had in mind even before the N7 came out! Check out multipicture live wallpaper. I'm guessing you are using invisible icons and such and it will give you the ability to change things up a little if you want, see this video to see what I'm talking about
Man... that is some sick theming!! Very nice!! I'm definitely gonna try all this stuff out and play a little with it.

Anyway... my UI is not that original at all. What I did was to try and "copy" the Chevrolet MyLink UI, as you can see here:



This is actually my second UI. I had made a diferent one but it was pretty "lame" and I grew tired of it. lol

Thanks!! :)

PS: I'm currently working on a custom made bootanimation with the chevrolet logo and some other stuff. I'll post the animated gif when it's done! :)
 

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Can you share your [background=rgb(245, 245, 245)] custom icons for [/background]Desktop VisualizeR?
Sure... I'll add them to the OP tonight.

Update: next step... trying to make modifications to the Navigation Bar (bottom one) to include several "fixed" buttons. Check this example (Centrafuse 2.5 default skin):

 

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A preview of my next UI:



@wave_is... I didn't get the chance yesterday to upload the icons and won't be able to do it today either. I promise to upload ASAP. Sorry! :|
 

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^ I like it alot, here is another one just to give you more ideas
Huh.... nice!! Simple and clean. Just the way I like it.

To me Dash Install UI's have to be the cleanest as possible, so it doesn't get too distracting.
 

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How do you plan on interfacing the nexus with the audio system on the car? Just using the aux input is cool for playing audio from the nexus but what about tuning radio stations and using the CD player without a display?
 

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How do you plan on interfacing the nexus with the audio system on the car? Just using the aux input is cool for playing audio from the nexus but what about tuning radio stations and using the CD player without a display?
The display will be mounted on top of dashboard above the N7 with one of the adapters shown on OP. :)
 
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