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Old 01-29-2016, 04:16 PM   #1
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Default Anyone have experience installing and using the Android Pumpkin touch screen system?

Here's a link to it just in case;

Amazon.com : Pumpkin Quad Core 7 inch 2 DIN Universal Android 4.4 Car Stereo Radio HD 1024*600 Muti-touch Screen GPS Navigation Without DVD Player Support WIFI/3G/Bluetooth/OBD2/DVR/Mirror Link with Backup Camera : GPS & NavigationAmazon.com : Pumpkin Quad Core 7 inch 2 DIN Universal Android 4.4 Car Stereo Radio HD 1024*600 Muti-touch Screen GPS Navigation Without DVD Player Support WIFI/3G/Bluetooth/OBD2/DVR/Mirror Link with Backup Camera : GPS & Navigation

The reviews look great, I'd really like to try it out, but not sure if I should try and install myself or take it somewhere. I really don't trust any of the local audio installers around, so if I do it myself, how hard would the job be? I have a 2014 STi base hatch.

I know I'd also need a wiring harness and install kit, but does anyone have a recommendation for them that would mesh well with this particular headunit and my car? I've seen that some of the install kits need trimming and I'm hoping to avoid that if at all possible.

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Old 01-30-2016, 09:42 AM   #2
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Swapping in an aftermarket head unit into a 2014 and under should be a breeze. There are no backup cameras and imid screens to deal with. I personally would get an aftermarket unit with Apple play or android connectivity depending on what kind of phone you have. Google maps is great and iPhone maps aren't horrible. I've never heard of that brand in your link. I'm guessing the price is what attracts you to this unit. I'd spend a couple bucks more and get a name brand one.
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Old 01-30-2016, 01:24 PM   #3
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I'd go for it - Android headunits are great. There's nothing else like these on the market that comes with a 'name brand'. These Android units are better than the Carplay and Android Auto units Pioneer and others are selling imo. You're not limited to what apps you can install with access to the Google Play Store and have full freedom to customize the software.

I installed this one a few months back: http://www.carjoying.com/quad-core-a...universal.html. I actually bought it on Amazon but I didn't see it on there when I just looked. All of these various branded Android units are very similar in hardware and software, the main differences are in the front panel and button layouts. Joying is one of the many companies selling these Android units, Pumpkin is another, but really there are lots of different companies selling these things.

If you're not familiar with these units and are looking at upgrading your stock radio to a touchscreen - I'd highly suggest considering one. Here's a good wiki article with info on the Android units:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/wiki/Hui_Fei_Type
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Old 02-02-2016, 11:30 AM   #4
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I'd go for it - Android headunits are great. There's nothing else like these on the market that comes with a 'name brand'. These Android units are better than the Carplay and Android Auto units Pioneer and others are selling imo. You're not limited to what apps you can install with access to the Google Play Store and have full freedom to customize the software.

I installed this one a few months back: http://www.carjoying.com/quad-core-a...universal.html. I actually bought it on Amazon but I didn't see it on there when I just looked. All of these various branded Android units are very similar in hardware and software, the main differences are in the front panel and button layouts. Joying is one of the many companies selling these Android units, Pumpkin is another, but really there are lots of different companies selling these things.

If you're not familiar with these units and are looking at upgrading your stock radio to a touchscreen - I'd highly suggest considering one. Here's a good wiki article with info on the Android units:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/wiki/Hui_Fei_Type
That's what I've heard as well, even though they're not well known yet.

Will this maintain the use of my steering wheel controls? Do you know which wiring harness and dash kit would be best to use with it?

Thanks a lot for your help!
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Old 02-02-2016, 11:45 AM   #5
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Also, this one does include a backup cam, anyone have any tips or tricks to running the wires on them in a hatch? Thanks
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Old 02-02-2016, 02:00 PM   #6
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Steering wheel controls are maintained for our Subaru's. There are a few different interfaces for steering wheel control buttons between car manufacturers but I can confirm the resistive style Subaru uses works with these units with no extra parts required. Many aftermarket decks need something like the Axxess ASWC - not these Android units. Everything is built in, there's a section in the settings where you map each button.

Wiring harness required is the same as with any other aftermarket deck - just make sure you have the 3 SWC wires on it. The Metra harness on Amazon doesn't have the 3 SWC wires. Either buy the complete 20 pin harness with SWC wires from SVXdc (http://ae64.com/20-pinfwdharness.htm) or buy 2 Metra harnesses from Amazon and make a complete harness with the SWC wires from them (
Metra 70-8901 Radio Wiring Harness for Subaru 90-06: Amazon.ca: ElectronicsMetra 70-8901 Radio Wiring Harness for Subaru 90-06: Amazon.ca: Electronics
). It's easy to remove and add pins to the connector.

Dash kit is a bit tricky since the Android units are a few mm longer and wider on each side. There's a few different ways to go about this but both involve modifying the dash kit by a few mm on each side. Can either buy the standard Metra dash kit for Subaru double din's (
Metra 95-8902 Double DIN Installation Kit for 2008-Up Subaru Impreza/WRX Vehicles (Black): Amazon.ca: ElectronicsMetra 95-8902 Double DIN Installation Kit for 2008-Up Subaru Impreza/WRX Vehicles (Black): Amazon.ca: Electronics
) or buy the factory 2011-2013 Subaru Forester radio bezel from Subaru. P/N: 66065SC130. The Forester bezel is meant for standard double din decks like from a Pioneer or Alpine and since these Android units are a touch bigger dimension wise your going to have to make the opening a bit bigger. Initially I had the Metra kit in my dash but thought it looked like crap so I bought the Forester bezel and shaved the opening down on all sides to make it fit. Looks a lot better with the flush, factory look in my opinion.
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Old 02-03-2016, 11:08 AM   #7
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Did you install this on a 2015 or 2016? Will the forrester dash fit on the 2016 because the vents attach a little differently?

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Old 02-03-2016, 12:27 PM   #8
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Ok, so when I install this into my 2016, do the SWC wires just connect to the radio harness?

Also is the camera connected by standard RCA?
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Old 02-03-2016, 02:07 PM   #9
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Steering wheel controls are maintained for our Subaru's. There are a few different interfaces for steering wheel control buttons between car manufacturers but I can confirm the resistive style Subaru uses works with these units with no extra parts required. Many aftermarket decks need something like the Axxess ASWC - not these Android units. Everything is built in, there's a section in the settings where you map each button.

Wiring harness required is the same as with any other aftermarket deck - just make sure you have the 3 SWC wires on it. The Metra harness on Amazon doesn't have the 3 SWC wires. Either buy the complete 20 pin harness with SWC wires from SVXdc (http://ae64.com/20-pinfwdharness.htm) or buy 2 Metra harnesses from Amazon and make a complete harness with the SWC wires from them (Metra 70-8901 Radio Wiring Harness for Subaru 90-06: Amazon.ca: Electronics). It's easy to remove and add pins to the connector.

Dash kit is a bit tricky since the Android units are a few mm longer and wider on each side. There's a few different ways to go about this but both involve modifying the dash kit by a few mm on each side. Can either buy the standard Metra dash kit for Subaru double din's (Metra 95-8902 Double DIN Installation Kit for 2008-Up Subaru Impreza/WRX Vehicles (Black): Amazon.ca: Electronics) or buy the factory 2011-2013 Subaru Forester radio bezel from Subaru. P/N: 66065SC130. The Forester bezel is meant for standard double din decks like from a Pioneer or Alpine and since these Android units are a touch bigger dimension wise your going to have to make the opening a bit bigger. Initially I had the Metra kit in my dash but thought it looked like crap so I bought the Forester bezel and shaved the opening down on all sides to make it fit. Looks a lot better with the flush, factory look in my opinion.
You rock man, thanks a lot for the info! I'll be giving this a shot here in the next few weeks. I'll be sure to post back once complete.

By the way, how are people modifying the dash kit? Anyone figured out a clean, easy way to shave the sides down?

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Old 08-16-2016, 03:20 PM   #10
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Finally getting around to ordering this, but before I do, does anyone know if that backup cam with work with our manual trans? Thanks for the help.
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Old 08-16-2016, 03:40 PM   #11
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Finally getting around to ordering this, but before I do, does anyone know if that backup cam with work with our manual trans? Thanks for the help.
A rear view camera will work. Even with a manual transmission, your car still has a +12V reverse gear signal -- that's what lights the reverse bulbs.

If you want the new HU to automatically pop up the camera image whenever you shift into reverse, you'll need to connect the HU's reverse gear signal input lead to your car's 12V reverse signal.

Unfortunately, on your 2014 STi base model (non OEM navigation) you'll have to do that by tapping into a factory wire. The easiest places are either behind the kick panel on the passenger side, or near the reverse bulbs.

If you only want to view your camera while you're in reverse, power your camera from that same 12V reverse signal. However, some HUs give you the ability to view the camera while you're not in reverse. If you want that, you'll need to power the camera from your car's 12V Accessory power (key-switched; one of the leads on the radio power/speaker harness).
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Old 08-16-2016, 03:50 PM   #12
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Thanks for the info! Probably going to take this somewhere for the install if it involves tapping factory wires, I did the same thing when I hardwired in my radar. Don't trust myself doing that.

Are you aware with these head units, if I'm on a road trip, are they sinked to my phone via bluetooth and using my phones data connection to run Pandora, Waze, etc on the head unit? Just making sure since I've not owned an android based nav system yet.
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Old 08-16-2016, 10:00 PM   #13
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You'd probably have to tether your phone's data connection to the headunit as it is essentially a data-less Android device. This can be done by making your phone a Wi-Fi hotspot or tether data via USB, but this could also cost extra $$ depending on your mobile provider. If you have a rooted Android phone, it should bypass any restrictions from your provider.
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Old 08-17-2016, 04:27 PM   #14
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Steering wheel controls are maintained for our Subaru's. There are a few different interfaces for steering wheel control buttons between car manufacturers but I can confirm the resistive style Subaru uses works with these units with no extra parts required. Many aftermarket decks need something like the Axxess ASWC - not these Android units. Everything is built in, there's a section in the settings where you map each button.

Wiring harness required is the same as with any other aftermarket deck - just make sure you have the 3 SWC wires on it. The Metra harness on Amazon doesn't have the 3 SWC wires. Either buy the complete 20 pin harness with SWC wires from SVXdc (http://ae64.com/20-pinfwdharness.htm) or buy 2 Metra harnesses from Amazon and make a complete harness with the SWC wires from them (Metra 70-8901 Radio Wiring Harness for Subaru 90-06: Amazon.ca: Electronics). It's easy to remove and add pins to the connector.

Dash kit is a bit tricky since the Android units are a few mm longer and wider on each side. There's a few different ways to go about this but both involve modifying the dash kit by a few mm on each side. Can either buy the standard Metra dash kit for Subaru double din's (Metra 95-8902 Double DIN Installation Kit for 2008-Up Subaru Impreza/WRX Vehicles (Black): Amazon.ca: Electronics) or buy the factory 2011-2013 Subaru Forester radio bezel from Subaru. P/N: 66065SC130. The Forester bezel is meant for standard double din decks like from a Pioneer or Alpine and since these Android units are a touch bigger dimension wise your going to have to make the opening a bit bigger. Initially I had the Metra kit in my dash but thought it looked like crap so I bought the Forester bezel and shaved the opening down on all sides to make it fit. Looks a lot better with the flush, factory look in my opinion.
Would you happen to know if I'll also need adapters for the USB and aux jacks to make this radio work, like what's available on the ae64 site below?

http://ae64.com/aftermarket-HU-install-parts-IF2011.htm
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Any updates on the install? Was thinking of getting one of the Joying Android 5.1.1 models. They should be coming out with a 2GB ram model very soon.
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