Aftermarket Android Auto Head Units: Best Options to Upgrade

Aftermarket Android Auto Head Units: Best Options to Upgrade

After-Market Android Auto Head Units

Android Auto is a great feature that has been implemented into new cars for the past few years. Unfortunately, many people are missing out on Android Auto because they have older cars or just because their particular model didn’t come with it. Even if your car does not have an Android Auto head unit in it, you can buy and install an after-market device that will work just as well. 

When it comes to buying and installing an after-market Android Auto unit, there are plenty of options to choose from. When it comes to finding a good Android Auto unit, all the things you’d look for in a phone, still apply to this situation. You want to make sure your device runs a recent version of Android, will receive frequent updates, has plenty of RAM and a fast CPU. These are the best Android auto head unit options that you should consider for your car.

1. Sony XAV-AX5000 Android Head Unit

Sony XAV-AX5000 Android Head Unit

This head unit from Sony offers a very simple interface on a 7” touchscreen display. Connect your compatible Apple or Android smartphone to get directions, stream music and more.

The ultra-slim 6.95″ (diag.) (17.6-cm) display uses a bezel-less panel, for a smooth fit on the dashboard that blends seamlessly with your car interior.

With 2 USB ports, you can enjoy all the greatest hits from your USB device while your phone handles directions and phone calls.

Product Highlights:

  • digital multimedia receiver with AM/FM tuner
  • 6.95″ capacitive touchscreen display on the bezel-less panel
  • works with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • plays FLAC files on USB drives
  • Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming
Smartphone Features:
  • Pandora and Spotify control with iPhone and Android
Audio/Video Features:
  • plays media from USB memory devices
  • 10-band equalizer with digital time alignment
  • Dynamic Stage Organizer (DSO) compensates for low speaker positions
  • subwoofer controls
Expandability:
  • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
  • inputs: dual rear USB inputs, rear-view camera input
  • outputs: 5-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear, subwoofer)

2. Boss BVCP9685A

Boss BVCP9685A

The Boss BVCP9685A is a double-din Apple CarPlay/Android Auto unit with a 6.75” display. It is compatible with both Android and Apple devices. It has a very simple UI, similar to the Sony units. Your most-used apps will always be on the home screen, ready to go in just one touch.

Product highlights:

  • digital multimedia receiver with AM/FM tuner (does not play CDs)
  • 6.75″ touchscreen with icon-based controls
  • variable color illumination
  • fits double-DIN dash openings
Smartphone Features:
  • works with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
Audio/Video Features:
  • plays USB memory devices
  • 10-band equalizer
Expandability:
  • inputs: two rear USB ports; rear auxiliary input; rear-view camera input
  • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front/rear/subwoofer)

3. Pioneer AVH-W4400NEX

Pioneer AVH-W4400NEX

The AVH-W4400NEX also features Android Auto which extends the Android platform into the car in a way that’s purpose-built for driving. Android Auto automatically brings you useful information and organizes it into simple cards that appear just when they’re needed. It’s designed to minimize distractions so you can stay focused on the road ahead.

Product highlights:

  • DVD/CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
  • detachable 7″ motorized touchscreen with multi-angle adjustments
  • wireless or wired Android Auto control
  • wireless or wired Apple CarPlay control
  • Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming
  • built-in HD Radio tuner
  • built-in Wi-Fi
  • five customizable display colors and 112 key panel illumination choices
Smartphone Features (see Details for info on compatibility with specific smartphones and apps):
  • AppRadio Mode for smartphone integration
  • AppRadioLIVE compatible with free Pioneer app
  • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control
  • playback and control of music files on compatible Android devices
  • voice control with compatible iPhones and Android phones
  • Wi-Fi certified Miracast for mirroring with older devices
  • Pandora and Spotify control with iPhone and Android
Audio/video Features:
  • plays audio/video content from CDs, DVDs, SD cards, and USB memory devices (see Details tab for full capabilities)
  • plays lossless FLAC audio files (up to 192kHz/24-bit) from flash media
  • 13-band graphic equalizer with 7 preset EQ curves
  • high- and low-pass filters
  • Advanced Sound Retriever
  • dual-zone audio
  • Auto-EQ equalizes for your car interior automatically (optional mic required)
Expandability:
  • works with SiriusXM tuner
  • works with AVIC-U280 navigation module
  • compatible with iDatalink Maestro to retain factory settings for Ford, GM, Chrysler, and VW
  • inputs: rear A/V input, two rear USB inputs, HDMI input, dual rear-view camera inputs
  • outputs: video output, 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, subwoofer)

4. JVC KW-M75BT

JVC KW-M75BT

With this JVC Android Auto unit, you can enjoy playback of 96kHz/24bit audio which contains about 3 times the musical information of music CDs (44.1kHz/16bit), or even 192kHz/24bit High-Resolution Audio files with their approx. 6.5 times the data volume. With high sound quality approaching the original master recording itself, you will experience the presence and ambiance of a tune the way CD simply cannot. This is the best choice for users looking for a hi-res audio system.

Product highlights:

  • digital multimedia receiver with AM/FM tuner
  • 6.8″ Clear Resistive touchscreen
  • customizable display background with “live wallpaper” and variable button illumination color
  • digital angle adjustment for better in-dash visibility
  • finger movements control volume level and forward/back
  • fits double-DIN dash openings
Smartphone Features:
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatible
  • control and charging of Apple devices using the USB connection
  • Siri Eyes Free Control
  • Spotify and Pandora control with iPhone and Android
  • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming with dual phone connection
  • Streaming DJ feature allows five Bluetooth audio source devices to be connected
Audio/Video Features:
  • plays USB memory devices
  • high-res audio playback
  • 13-band equalizer with digital time alignment
  • K2 technology improves the digital sound for all music sources
  • Sound Lift compensates for speakers that are low in the doors
  • high-pass, low-pass, and subwoofer crossover adjustments
Expandability:
  • compatible with optional SiriusXM tuner
  • inputs: rear USB input, rear A/V input (RCA, mini), two camera inputs
  • outputs: rear A/V output (RCA, mini), 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, subwoofer)

 

Android Auto was designed with safety in mind. With a simple and intuitive interface and powerful voice actions, it’s designed to minimize distraction so that you can stay focused on the road. With the latest ANDROID OS version (PIE and higher), Google Maps and Waze are also supported.