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Nexus 7 dash install

Hi guys, I have been wa ting to do this for a while. Here is a test fit of the nexus 7 in dash. It's a bit rough still needs sanding and stuff.

I'm still deciding if I want to do a sound processor and go full aftermarket or get a head unit in the glove compartment and use all stock components.








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That's interesting. I've got a nexus 7 myself and never thought to put it there. Is there a reason you did it or just trying something out no one else has done? Is it easily removable because I'm not sure how this equipment does in the extreme heat and cold.


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The reason I did this was because at the moment I can't Afford those new kenwood dnn991hd or the new pioneer line. Just think it's crazy paying 1500 for a head unit that still can't do what a table does.

The tablet is easily removable ( just pops out by the corner)

I have used my nexus 7 with a window mount for a round trip from ny to va and it worked fine, it will mostly be used for music and some navi.

Best of all I can get digital out and use a sound processor.

Not to mention this table has one of the best resolutions compared to any head unit.



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Oh I also did one for my Mercedes clk550. Still not using it because I need to sand it and make it all smooth.

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Intriguing, I don't have any experience with the Nexus 7.

You do NAV, how does the Nexus 7 do NAV does it have GPS built in or some GPS accessories that connects to it?

I guess no radio, but you don't listen to radio, so no biggie?

How do you pump the audio through the vehicle speakers?

You mention a sound processor? Is that how you'd pump audio through to the vehicle speakers?

Actually, that give me a great idea (rushing to the patent office) but sell an aftermarket head unit that is just a dock for a tablet. It contains the amp and radio, docks the tablet and is controlled by the tablet, either ports the audio from the tablet or radio controlled by the tablet. Have an app for the tablet to controll it all. You can add bluetooth and GPS for apps to do hands free cell phone and Nav.


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It does have GPS in the tablet. Unless he has one that is 3G or 4G or uses his phone as a hotspot it won't have internet connection. There are speakers on the back but they're not very powerful but it also has bluetooth so it can be linked to a small bluetooth radio. There is also an adapter you can buy cheaply that plugs into the bottom where it charges so it will accept any USB device.


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Hay guys, I'm at the gym and will draw out a diagram on how it will all work. And I will answer any questions. I will do 2 diagrams with different options .


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I am very interested in taking on this project. I too have a Nexus 7 just laying around without use.
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To use the Internet and gps on the tablet I will be tethering my note 3 to it. There is also a cool app I think talked tablet talk that allows me to take texts and phone calls on the tablet.


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It does have GPS in the tablet. Unless he has one that is 3G or 4G or uses his phone as a hotspot it won't have internet connection. There are speakers on the back but they're not very powerful but it also has bluetooth so it can be linked to a small bluetooth radio. There is also an adapter you can buy cheaply that plugs into the bottom where it charges so it will accept any USB device.
I'm thinking a more seemlessly intrigated system, that would work just like a real Stereo Head unit. Granted that isn't available now, but I don't know if there are any devices/components available off the shelf to make it work.

If a Nexus 7 has Bluetooth, is there an app to do handsfree with your cell phone? I'm betting there is an app to stream music from your phone? As well, enough storage to store tons of songs in mp3 and movies.

As you would guess, I'm NOT going to be satisfied with the tiny speakers in the back of its tablet itself, I want the output amplified and sent to the speakers in the doors. So you'd need an amp that either connected to the audio output or (and I think that is what the OP was getting at) a sound processor that connected to the tablet via usb and be controlled by the tablet.

A radio would be the tough one, NOT hard to design a good radio that could be controlled by the tablet, but nothing is off the shelf that I am aware of. A bluetooth radio sounds like to me is going to be novelty transistor radio, but I don't know that for sure.


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