Are There Any Dash Mount Devices That Will Allow You To "Cast" Your Smartphone Display?

 

I was thinking that as nice as smartphone navigation is these days, it is also a hassle when you are navigating and need to use the smartphone for something else. Are there any devices currently that will allow you to "cast" your app to another display? That would allow the Google Maps display to be on the dash while the smartphone was doing something else.

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Android Auto

Cars that have infotainment systems supporting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto do that. If your car doesn't have that feature, Kenwood now makes a head unit that supports Android Auto: http://www.kenwood.com/usa/car/ddxsp/android.html

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Alan - Android Auto, Nuvi 3597LMTHD, Oregon 550T, Nuvi 855, Nuvi 755T, Lowrance Endura Sierra

Get a tablet

I have a Galaxy Tab E that I have maps of NA on, and HERE maps as well. A 64 gig card holds it all, with 50 gigs for other stuff.

It has Advanced GPS, so it's all you need to run offline maps. No data required from your smartphone hotspot, unless you want traffic data.

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nüvi 3790T | nüvi 775T | Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, will make violent revolution inevitable ~ JFK

Perhaps you can use third

Perhaps you can use third party sound systems with built-in Android Auto and iOS CarPlay.

AutoMate

This app has some nice features for organization on your phone screen but not the car display. Plus you can use offline Here maps with it.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bitspice.a... Below basic features.

• Maps – Search for directions and launch your favorite navigation app for turn-by-turn directions.
• Places – Search for nearby places such as gas stations and restaurants, with one click.
• Phone – Call your favorite contacts, see call log, and easily dial a number
• Messaging – Send and reply to SMS messages, hands free replying available for many popular messaging apps
• Voice – Take control of the app through voice commands for navigation, music, and more
• Contextual Information - Receive weather updates, see recent searches, receive speed limit alerts, and more
• Media Control – Control many popular media apps using buttons or gestures
• Shortcuts – Keep your favorite apps and Android shortcuts at your fingertips. Includes quick settings toggles.
• Data – View real-time engine data from an OBDII adapter with Torque integration.

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Charlie. Nuvi 265 WT and Nuvi 2597 LMT. Android Garmin Viago and Here Maps.

Toyota Entune

Sometimes when looking for a new POI in my Entune NAV it can't find it because my vehicle is 2016 and still using the original navigation software and the POI is newer, since my Entune Infotainment system is paired to my iPhone it then asks if I want to look for the POI on the WWW once it finds the location on the WEB it ask if I want to navigate to the location using the Entune NAV, I answer YES and it navigates as if the POI was in the system freeing the phone for other uses like answering calls.

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Garmin 38 - Magellan Gold - Garmin Yellow eTrex - Nuvi 260 - Nuvi 2460LMT - Google Nexus 7 - Toyota Entune NAV

We just bought a new Subaru

We just bought a new Subaru Outback that includes Apple CarPlay. The unit can navigate, use Pandora, or play other audio sources and still take phone calls and messages, all hands Free.

I installed a Kenwood in the 2009 Toyota Camry, and that also has Apple CarPlay, and all the functions work the same now in that car too.

Apple Car Play

GPS_Rider wrote:

We just bought a new Subaru Outback that includes Apple CarPlay. The unit can navigate, use Pandora, or play other audio sources and still take phone calls and messages, all hands Free.

I installed a Kenwood in the 2009 Toyota Camry, and that also has Apple CarPlay, and all the functions work the same now in that car too.

I am curious. How does the Apple Car Play connect to your phone. I just got a car with Apple Car Play and Android Auto. Since I have an android phone, I must use Android Auto but I am not thrilled b/c I have to connect my phone through the USB port. I only have one USB port so I can use my IPOD. Also, I can't charge my phone while using Android auto. Thanks.

Android Auto.

On my Kia Optima, I too must plug the phone into the only USB port to use Android Auto. But it DOES charge the phone while connected. In fact, I just took a 2 hour drive yesterday, using Android Auto for the entire trip. When I started my phone was at 70% charge. When I arrived at my destination and unplugged the phone, it was 100%. I am surprised that your car USB does not charge the phone while using Android auto.

I have transferred all of the music from my old Fifth Generation IPOD to the SD card on my phone, so I can play my music through Android Auto while connected for navigation. One thing I like is how Android auto turns the music volume down while giving navigation prompts.

My main complaint with Android Auto so far is with the Google Maps navigation app itself ... very basic compared to my venerable feature-rich Garmin nuvi 3597. I have not tried Waze ... maybe it is better than Google. I hope other (and better) navigation apps will eventually be available for Android Auto. Garmin/Here really needs to get in this game if they want to survive in the road navigation business.

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Alan - Android Auto, Nuvi 3597LMTHD, Oregon 550T, Nuvi 855, Nuvi 755T, Lowrance Endura Sierra

iPad Mini

Although a bit pricey, an iPad or iPad Mini would free up your smartphone for other uses.

I have an iPad Mini that I use around the house. I just take it with me for on road use. I have it dash mounted next to my Garmin 3597. I keep my smartphone in my pocket and have it paired with my Garmin or vehicle for hands free phone use.

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bsp131 wrote:

I am curious. How does the Apple Car Play connect to your phone. I just got a car with Apple Car Play and Android Auto. Since I have an android phone, I must use Android Auto but I am not thrilled b/c I have to connect my phone through the USB port. I only have one USB port so I can use my IPOD. Also, I can't charge my phone while using Android auto. Thanks.

That's how it is supposed to work (connected via USB). I have not seen Android Auto or Car Play that works over bluetooth connection.

My car USB port doesn't charge either. It wasn't design with sufficient power to charge smartphone/tablet devices. I bought a "cigarette lighter" to USB charger for 99 cent. Works fine on my Android phone (fast charging) and iPad Air.

Well ...

chewbacca wrote:
bsp131 wrote:

I am curious. How does the Apple Car Play connect to your phone. I just got a car with Apple Car Play and Android Auto. Since I have an android phone, I must use Android Auto but I am not thrilled b/c I have to connect my phone through the USB port. I only have one USB port so I can use my IPOD. Also, I can't charge my phone while using Android auto. Thanks.

That's how it is supposed to work (connected via USB). I have not seen Android Auto or Car Play that works over bluetooth connection.

My car USB port doesn't charge either. It wasn't design with sufficient power to charge smartphone/tablet devices. I bought a "cigarette lighter" to USB charger for 99 cent. Works fine on my Android phone (fast charging) and iPad Air.

That sucks since you have to connect to the car's USB port and it doesn't charge. I assume that means your phone is discharging while running Android Auto? That really sucks big time. I am glad it does not work that way in my car as that would greatly diminish its usability.

There is really no reason for car manufacturers to not put enough power in their USB port(s) to allow charging and data at the same time. How much more could it cost them ... maybe $1.00? I suppose there is some legal risk ... like battery fires, etc. if a badly behaved device is plugged in for charging.

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Alan - Android Auto, Nuvi 3597LMTHD, Oregon 550T, Nuvi 855, Nuvi 755T, Lowrance Endura Sierra

Wireless Apple CarPlay

I have CarPlay in two cars right now. Today there is only one AV receiver capable of wireless Bluetooth CarPlay. The Alpine ILX-107 is the first and only aftermarket unit with this capability. [url]https://www.crutchfield.com/p_500ILX107/Alpine-iLX-107.html[/url]

I expect this wireless technology will be licensed to other AV manufacturers and OEM units in the coming years. I'm sure that Android is just around the corner. Meanwhile, my iPhone 7 Plus automatically syncs to both of my automotive units (and my Garmin on the motorcycle), and provides full music streaming, phone use, and others. With Apple CarPlay, add hands-free messaging, navigation, Siri web searches and calls and other functionality. I try not to divert much attention to phone an AV stuff if I'm driving, but it has become pretty easy to let the unit read your message and respond without ever taking your hands off the wheel. Add in cross-traffic alerts, lane departure warning, active steering, automatic braking, adaptive cruise and I'm beginning to wonder if I have a future as a driver.

bsp131 wrote:
GPS_Rider wrote:

We just bought a new Subaru Outback that includes Apple CarPlay. The unit can navigate, use Pandora, or play other audio sources and still take phone calls and messages, all hands Free.

I installed a Kenwood in the 2009 Toyota Camry, and that also has Apple CarPlay, and all the functions work the same now in that car too.

I am curious. How does the Apple Car Play connect to your phone. I just got a car with Apple Car Play and Android Auto. Since I have an android phone, I must use Android Auto but I am not thrilled b/c I have to connect my phone through the USB port. I only have one USB port so I can use my IPOD. Also, I can't charge my phone while using Android auto. Thanks.

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alandb wrote:

That sucks since you have to connect to the car's USB port and it doesn't charge. I assume that means your phone is discharging while running Android Auto? That really sucks big time. I am glad it does not work that way in my car as that would greatly diminish its usability.

There is really no reason for car manufacturers to not put enough power in their USB port(s) to allow charging and data at the same time. How much more could it cost them ... maybe $1.00? I suppose there is some legal risk ... like battery fires, etc. if a badly behaved device is plugged in for charging.

Sorry, I don't have Android Auto or iOS Car Play in my car. My USB port current is only 1.0 A. I bought the cheapest trim of Honda Accord. Higher end models (with Android Auto and Car Play) USB port supplies 1.5 A of current. That should be sufficient to charge phone while in use.

Sorry chewbacca

I thought you were responding to bsp131 about Apple CarPLay / Android Auto. I have very limited experience with this, but in my case , the phone is charged while using Android Auto which does require the phone to be plugged into the Optima's USB port. I do realize however, that not all builtin car USB power ports are capable of charging some phones or tablets.

I guess my point is that since Android Auto requires the USB connection in order to use it, the car manufacturer should should provide sufficient power and charging circuitry through the USB connection to support charging the phone while Android Auto or CarPlay is being used. Otherwise, you could never depend on the phone battery to keep enough charge to provide Android Auto navigation on long trips.

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Alan - Android Auto, Nuvi 3597LMTHD, Oregon 550T, Nuvi 855, Nuvi 755T, Lowrance Endura Sierra

No apology necessary

alandb wrote:

I thought you were responding to bsp131 about Apple CarPLay / Android Auto. I have very limited experience with this, but in my case , the phone is charged while using Android Auto which does require the phone to be plugged into the Optima's USB port. I do realize however, that not all builtin car USB power ports are capable of charging some phones or tablets.

I guess my point is that since Android Auto requires the USB connection in order to use it, the car manufacturer should should provide sufficient power and charging circuitry through the USB connection to support charging the phone while Android Auto or CarPlay is being used. Otherwise, you could never depend on the phone battery to keep enough charge to provide Android Auto navigation on long trips.

You're correct. I responded to bsp131 but my response wasn't based on my own experience with Android Auto / iOS CarPlay. I guess I should have remained quiet because I have only seen it on YouTube. I agree with you, if the only way to use Auto/CarPlay is by USB connection, the port must supply enough current to charge the device.