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Here I am again with my quest for the perfect android head unit.

I just received this new head unit from hong kong, was not expecting them to deliver today since it is a holiday.

Anyway, since I do not have my car, I won't be installing it today, will have to wait next week.

Stay tuned!!! Apparently, this one is much better than the first one I got. Well see...



In the meantime, I am sharing my gallery when I replaced my head unit on my 2005 nissan altima. I literally built a computer around it since I did not like the head unit it came with. This was a big project, took me 2 months, and worked wonderfully for 2 years until I sold my car:
https://goo.gl/photos/zFYaDHTDKVuYKnp66
 

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Good luck! I'll be following your updates closely to see if this is something I should do too! Any links to the head unit you got? for our reading and researching pleasure??
 

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assad, you got some skillz.....wish you were in my neck of the world to assist in the mods you are capable of doing...thanks for sharing.....

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Thanks GateKeeper, that was back in 2007, back then it was all about Blackberry and android was just maturing.

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Shipping was very fast, I ordered it on Thursday and received it on Monday from DHL.

This one is little bit more expensive than the first one I got, it looks much smaller, it is running quad core @1.8 GHz 16GB Storage Memory and 1 Gb of RAM, it has 2 SD cards for storing your maps, and plenty of USB ports. You will still be able to use the original USB ports from the car, but not the AUX, they give you additional cables for AUX.

This one is plug and play with the 2015/2016 Nissan murano (except the one with the Bose system), meaning you should not have to deal with splicing cables, and should retain all the original car functionality including the backup camera and steering wheel controls.

Here is the link...

For those of you who are interested, I would say hold on until next weekend when I install it in the car. I will do a thorough review and let you know what is working and what is not and let you know whether it is worth buying or not.

They just release this version 2 weeks ago and it is running android 4.4.4, I powered it on on my bench to do a quick test, but not everything was working right, maybe because it is not connected to the car.

MXTRON For Nissan Murano 10.2 inch Android Radio Navigation Pad
 

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"This one is plug and play with the 2015/2016 Nissan murano (except the one with the Bose system),..... "

Does that mean I'm SOL if I have the BOSE system? No adapters to do the job?
 

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This is because the Bose system is so tightly integrated with the car, it does not use the same wiring harness as the non Bose system. I am sure it can be done, but you will have to do some modification to the cables, and not sure if you will still be able to use the Bose subwoofer.
 

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This is because the Bose system is so tightly integrated with the car, it does not use the same wiring harness as the non Bose system. I am sure it can be done, but you will have to do some modification to the cables, and not sure if you will still be able to use the Bose subwoofer.
Thanks Assad for keeping us updated on this. I unfortunately have the Bose as well and I am incredibly disappointed with the tech in this car and its lack of connectivity with my Note 5 running Android M. One of the reasons I bought this car (traded in my 2006 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S which I loved) was to get the new tech but I feel like I am still in 2006. Oh well...sorry for venting. Best of luck and please keep us updated on your project!
 

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Any luck?
Hi N1ghtcrawl3r,

They are shipping me a new one, should receive it this friday, will let you know how it goes.

The problem is that the 2015/2016 Nissan Murano has 3 version for the Audio System.

1- The Plain one (no navigation) - It has 2 connectors (1 X 20 pins and 1 X 32 pins)

2- The NAV ( with navigation, no Bose system) - It has 2 connecors (1 X 20 pins and 1 X 40 pins)

3- The NAV+ BOSE (Navigation with Bose System) - It has 2 connecotors ( 1 X 20 pins and 1 X 40 pins + a Bose amplifier)

The Unit I received had one 20 pins and one 32 pins connector. The 20 pins connector match perfectly, but second connector did not match since I have the NAV without BOSE. Everything worked perfectly, except the steering wheel control and backup camera.

Most of the Murano in China have the Plain Audio system

I requested they ship me a new one with the correct connector, and upgrade it to Android 5.0.1 which is the latest lollipop.

If this works, it would have so much potential, it's like having a android tablet in your car, and with all the apps can you put in there without any restrictions. Let's cross our fingers...
 

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Apple Carplay is coming to the 2017 model. There will be an software upgrade possible for 2015/2016 but it will also require a change in hardware. That is all I can say for now.
Based on my discussion with the dealership, the 2017 Murano will have all the tech that is currently missing in 2015/2016 models. Furthermore, there is a strong possibility that 2017 model will have additional engine options, V6 300 HP and 400 HP, the same engines on 2016 Infinity Q50/Q50S. I always wanted additional horse power for my MO.

I have already started saving my pennies to jump on the 2017 SL if the promise of higher tech and additional engine options becomes reality :)
 

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I'd be surprised to see any engine/drivetrain changes in a mid cycle refresh. Usually just get minor front and rear facia and electronic updates.
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Hi N1ghtcrawl3r,

They are shipping me a new one, should receive it this friday, will let you know how it goes.

The problem is that the 2015/2016 Nissan Murano has 3 version for the Audio System.

1- The Plain one (no navigation) - It has 2 connectors (1 X 20 pins and 1 X 32 pins)

2- The NAV ( with navigation, no Bose system) - It has 2 connecors (1 X 20 pins and 1 X 40 pins)

3- The NAV+ BOSE (Navigation with Bose System) - It has 2 connecotors ( 1 X 20 pins and 1 X 40 pins + a Bose amplifier)

The Unit I received had one 20 pins and one 32 pins connector. The 20 pins connector match perfectly, but second connector did not match since I have the NAV without BOSE. Everything worked perfectly, except the steering wheel control and backup camera.

Most of the Murano in China have the Plain Audio system

I requested they ship me a new one with the correct connector, and upgrade it to Android 5.0.1 which is the latest lollipop.

If this works, it would have so much potential, it's like having a android tablet in your car, and with all the apps can you put in there without any restrictions. Let's cross our fingers...

Hey Assad,


As I've kept up with this thread, a couple of things pop into my head, and not directed at you of course. I don't know how comfortable I'd feel about.....well...lets face it....many a product from china is not well made, so I'll just leave it at that.


Also, do you know if this head unit will have anything disabled when the car is in drive, you know like the NAV is currently? That;s all we need, more distracted drivers playing Pokémon GO. LOL ....again, not directed to or at you personally.


Regardless, best of luck with the upgrade.
 

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Thanks for the update Assad! Really Really appreciated :). I'm curious to know what I would have to sacrifice in order to upgrade to a unit like this, and then make a decision. Since I have the Platinum with BOSE, i may not have that option at all. But if they do come with a BOSE version of it with the appropriate connectors, this would still give me an idea regarding steering wheel controls. voice controls and backup camera. So, I'll wait with bated breath for the next update.
 

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HDTVsportsfan,

Did you know that 50% of the stuff around you is made in china?

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Here is a quick update:

I received the Unit this past friday and install it in my car. Unfortunately, they were still working on the 2nd connector to match my car, so it wasn't included. I just got word that they shipped it today.

This new unit has lots of improvement over the previous one I bought.
- First, it has a faster processor 1.8GHz ARM R16
- The screen seems brighter
- They upgraded the android to version 5.0.1 which is lolllipop
- Everything I tested seems to run very smooth.

Installing this Head Unit will not void your warranty in anyway, this unit is made for the 15/16 murano and such you do not have to cut any cable or add anything to the existing wiring harness, it is plug and play. If you do not like it, you can just put back the original radio without any issues.

Installation is very easy, all you need is 2 sets of screwdriver and some steady hands.

What do you gain in installing an android Head Unit?
- Basically everything Android has to offer, you can go to the app store and download any app: music, video, streaming, pandora, spotify, maps, etc... No restrictions
- Better maps: I have installed Sygic, Google Maps and Waze.
- No need to go to the dealer or wait for map updates, your maps are updated over WIFI
- This particular head unit has a 10.2 inch screen, pretty big screen
- You can specify how long before the unit shuts down after you turn off the car ( 5 min to 1 hr ). I have set it up for 1 hr, and the unit boots intently when I start the car. Cold boot is around 20 sec...
- The radio works very well, it picks up more stations that the factory radio. It also displays the name of the station and the song being played. It uses the factory car antenna...
- You can use the factory GPS with this unit by using an adapter found on amazon. I am using it now and it works wonderfully.
- Better sound, it sounds definitely better than the factory stereo (non bose). I can't speak for the bose system since I have never heard it.
- Better resolution that the factory head unit, this one is 1024X600
- Built in Bluetooth and WIFI
- Backup camera and steering wheel support ( to be verified once I received the other connector)

What will you loose over the factory head unit?
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You will loose the turn by turn navigation that is display on the dashboard, since that is specific to nissan navigation.
- You will loose your XM radio. If you need XM after installing the head unit, you might go with the online version or with a small XM module connected to AUX IN and using the existing XM car antenna.
---- If you have the Bose System
- You will loose the AMP and the SUB feature. Although you might make it work, but I am sure you might need to move some wire around. I don't know how the Bose system sounds so I cannot compare the 2.
- The unit has a PREAMP and A SUB setting (WIRE), I guess you could connect that to the head unit. I also noticed that the Bose system has extra connector for the Tweets, this unit does not have that.
So if you have the Bose system, all functionality will work, but it might not sound the same, WORSE OR BETTER, I don't know???
- All around camera??? Not sure, since I do not have that feature on my murano
- The vendor is very helpful, and they strive to earn your business. They have lots of experience in the AV car industry. So, if you need help with the BOSE, you would need to send them a picture of all the connectors that are plugged into the back of the radio and the wiring diagram.
They make similar android head unit for high end car such as Mercedes and BMW...

I have been playing with it since I received it, no major issue so far. I will do a complete review once I received the 2nd connector for the steering wheel control and backup camera.
 

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HDTVsportsfan,

Did you know that 50% of the stuff around you is made in china?

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Here is a quick update:

I received the Unit this past friday and install it in my car. Unfortunately, they were still working on the 2nd connector to match my car, so it wasn't included. I just got word that they shipped it today.

This new unit has lots of improvement over the previous one I bought.
- First, it has a faster processor 1.8GHz ARM R16
- The screen seems brighter
- They upgraded the android to version 5.0.1 which is lolllipop
- Everything I tested seems to run very smooth.

Installing this Head Unit will not void your warranty in anyway, this unit is made for the 15/16 murano and such you do not have to cut any cable or add anything to the existing wiring harness, it is plug and play. If you do not like it, you can just put back the original radio without any issues.

Installation is very easy, all you need is 2 sets of screwdriver and some steady hands.

What do you gain in installing an android Head Unit?
- Basically everything Android has to offer, you can go to the app store and download any app: music, video, streaming, pandora, spotify, maps, etc... No restrictions
- Better maps: I have installed Sygic, Google Maps and Waze.
- No need to go to the dealer or wait for map updates, your maps are updated over WIFI
- This particular head unit has a 10.2 inch screen, pretty big screen
- You can specify how long before the unit shuts down after you turn off the car ( 5 min to 1 hr ). I have set it up for 1 hr, and the unit boots intently when I start the car. Cold boot is around 20 sec...
- The radio works very well, it picks up more stations that the factory radio. It also displays the name of the station and the song being played. It uses the factory car antenna...
- You can use the factory GPS with this unit by using an adapter found on amazon. I am using it now and it works wonderfully.
- Better sound, it sounds definitely better than the factory stereo (non bose). I can't speak for the bose system since I have never heard it.
- Better resolution that the factory head unit, this one is 1024X600
- Built in Bluetooth and WIFI
- Backup camera and steering wheel support ( to be verified once I received the other connector)

What will you loose over the factory head unit?
-
You will loose the turn by turn navigation that is display on the dashboard, since that is specific to nissan navigation.
- You will loose your XM radio. If you need XM after installing the head unit, you might go with the online version or with a small XM module connected to AUX IN and using the existing XM car antenna.
---- If you have the Bose System
- You will loose the AMP and the SUB feature. Although you might make it work, but I am sure you might need to move some wire around. I don't know how the Bose system sounds so I cannot compare the 2.
- The unit has a PREAMP and A SUB setting (WIRE), I guess you could connect that to the head unit. I also noticed that the Bose system has extra connector for the Tweets, this unit does not have that.
So if you have the Bose system, all functionality will work, but it might not sound the same, WORSE OR BETTER, I don't know???
- All around camera??? Not sure, since I do not have that feature on my murano
- The vendor is very helpful, and they strive to earn your business. They have lots of experience in the AV car industry. So, if you need help with the BOSE, you would need to send them a picture of all the connectors that are plugged into the back of the radio and the wiring diagram.
They make similar android head unit for high end car such as Mercedes and BMW...

I have been playing with it since I received it, no major issue so far. I will do a complete review once I received the 2nd connector for the steering wheel control and backup camera.
Great job Assad. I have the Bose unit and tech pkg. I think I will wait for the 2017 model ;)
 

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Thanks for the update Assad.


And well, yea, I'd be surprised if it's not more than 50% actually. Which most of it is crap. With that said , please don't take that as I'm questioning your decision on this. I find it very interesting and am curiously waiting for further updates. I have the SL with tech package and Bose, so I am curious about this and half considering giving it a shot. Frankly, waiting for you to finish this project up.


Best of continued luck to ya.
 
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