Now there is already a pumpkin car stereo with Android 7!
The device is thus on the version of the current smartphones. Unlike the competition, it has 32 GB of ROM.
The Pumpkin 02306B has three short-stroke keys and a volume control on the left front. This knob is also the on-off switch. Above it are the homebutton, the backspace key and a Navitaste.
At the top left you will find two holes. One for receiving signals from the infrared remote control and one for the internal microphone. A DVD drive does not exist on this model. But a slot for MicroSD cards. With this car radio with Android 7 you can use MicroSD cards and USB sticks up to a size of 64 GB. At the bottom there is also an opening for the reset with a ballpoint pen.
There is also a USB port on the back. It’s best to put the attached USB connection cable into the glove box. Then you can easily replace a connected USB stick. The 7-inch display even has a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. Even the 4-core processor is properly sized with a clock frequency of 1.6 Ghz.
Pumpkin car stereo with Android 7
The Pumpkin 02306B has a really up-to-date operating system through Android 7.1. Pumpkin is one of the first manufacturers to equip its car radios. The interface is a bit fancier than on Android 6.0 and in the settings a few new options have been added. The new interface supports widgets, screensavers and live wallpapers.
You can arrange your most important apps like the smartphone on the surface. With me are the radio, music player, sat nav, speed camera, internet radio, tank app, clock, weather widget and the settings. In addition, I have to listen to internet radio installed the app “Radio.de” from the Google Play Store. So you get every radio station in the world in crystal clear quality. In order to be able to switch quickly between the stations, I have put my favorite stations on the favorites list.
Only if the radio has been switched off for a long time, it must reboot at power up. Therefore, after a stop at the gas station, the audiobook continues to run in the right place and the navigation system continues to work.
Benefits of Android car radios
Unlike the standard brand car radios offer the “Noname Android car radios” a wide range of possibilities. The devices are all from China and are more or less standardized. This makes them quite inexpensive and upgradeable. While there is at most an update with a bug fix for branded devices, free upgrades to the next Android version are offered in various forums.
Remember that these supposed cheap devices can also be connected to any steering wheel remote control!
The Android car radios can do much more than the ridiculously simple possibilities of “Car Play” or “Android Auto” in so-called branded devices.
More features through Apps
With the apps that you already know from your smartphone, you can teach the radio new functions. So you can just buy in the Google Play Store your favorite navigation system or even download a free alternative. I recommend Navigon, iGo and Google Maps. If you need a music player other than the one supplied, you should take a look at Viper4Android.
If you do not want to be limited to the usual radio stations, you can receive free radio stations from the world with the Radio.de app. For this, however, an internet connection is needed. But this is also useful for other apps such as speed cameras, gas station finder, weather widgets and Navis. Even the look of your Android interface, you can customize with a launcher like Car Launcher Pro to your needs. Other interesting apps I described separately in this post:
Vehicle-specific versions of the radio
There are now seventeen vehicle-specific devices from the Pumpkin brand. These variants fit exactly into the vehicle from the front panel. This makes installation much easier. All you need to do is plug in the radioadapter, vehicle and GPS antenna and slide the device into the radio slot.
Here are nine devices with Android 7.1 and Octa Core processor:
In addition, seven devices with Octa Core processor and Android 6.0 :
Other versions of the device available
From Pumpkin there are two other universal radios with Octa Core processor. The above models differ only in the operating system. The 02307B has Android 7.1 and the 02207B ships with Android 6.0. The radios also have a volume knob, a 6.2-inch display, and a screen resolution of 800 x 480. Bottom left, the devices have slots for two MicroSD cards. The radios cost with external wifi antenna and external microphone 275.95 euros and 265.67 euros on eBay.
10 inch universal device in double DIN housing
Connections with the smartphone
You can wirelessly connect your smartphone to this car radio via Bluetooth. Then all calls can be answered directly on the radio. By streaming you can play the music stored on the smartphone songs on the radio. By coupling with a USB cable, you can even view the screen of a smartphone on the Pumpkin car stereo and control it. I have described this technique with the name MirrorLink in this article:
Accessories for the car radio with Android 7
For streaming music or online navigation in the car you need internet access. Instead of a 3G stick which often causes problems with drivers you should use a WiFi router.
I highly recommend HUAWEI E8372 which even receives LTE and to which the car radio can be connected via WLAN. After connecting to the WLAN of the stick you need to enter 192.168.0.1 in the browser, log in with Admin/Admin and enter the APN of your provider in the settings.
It is best to get a partner SIM card from your telecommunications provider. Do not forget to disable the password of the SIM card! Otherwise the stick cannot establish an internet connection.
All fans of digital radios can extend their car radio with this DAB+ box.
In addition, you can connect an OBDII Wifi adapter to the Pumpkin car stereo. Then you can use the app Torque PRO to display more information about your engine. With this adapter I have already used the app OBD Car Doctor free. By doing so the error log of my Porsche could be read out and reset, that’s why I recommend this adapter.
It is posible to use Atogen OBDII Bluetooth Adapter as a preference to access your OBDII data via Bluetooth. For accessing the internet via WLAN, this OBDII Bluetooth adapter is also suitable.
The headrest monitor from Eonon is good and cheap. Two of them can be connected directly to the Pumpkin car stereo. The device can also play movies via DVD player.
For the rear view, there are normal rear view camera, night vision cameras and license plate holder with integrated camera. Users reported in my comments that you can install the license plate holder with integrated camera easier than separate cameras. For some vehicles there are also cameras that can be attached directly to the license plate illumination.
This DashCam is from Xtrons. The camera can be swiveled up to 360 degrees and can be used for permanent shots of the traffic or the interior. The pictures are in a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The sound is also recorded.
The digital video recorder can store the recordings via USB on the car radio or on a MicroSD card in the camera. On request also in an endless loop, in which the older recordings are overwritten. I find it interesting that the camera sees everything even in the dark. With 35 euros, the Xtrons DVR017 is also very cheap!
Data of the pumpkin car stereo
Here I have once again listed the general data:
- Intel SoFIA-3GR Quad Core 1.6GHz
- 2 GB DDR3 RAM
- 32GB ROM
- Android 7.1 Nougat
- Screen size: 7 inches
- Screen resolution: 1024 x 600
- Radio IC: NXP TEF6686
- Cold start time: about 25-30 seconds
- Warm boot: About 2-5 seconds
- DAB + function optional
- Capacitive 5-point touchscreen
- Key illumination selectable in 7 colors
- Bluetooth 4.0 for hands-free and audio streaming
- Bluetooth connection for iPhones & Android Phones
- Supports USB stick, SD and HDD multi-media up to 64GB
- Supports steering wheel remote control (analog input)
- RCA connector for rear view camera
- External wifi antenna with 1.5m cable
- internal and external microphone
- FM / AM radio with RDS
- Audio output power: 4 x 50 watts maximum
Connections of the pumpkin car stereo
Scope of delivery
- 7 “Android Car Radio (head unit)
- External microphone
- 3g/USB Cable/Microphone Cable
- Audio output Cable
- External WiFi antenna with 1, 5m cable
- ISO cable
- GPS antenna
- Mini USB Cable
- User manual
- AUX input Cable
- Camera Input Cable
Value for money
Currently you get the pumpkin car stereo with Android 7 for 233.10 euros in ebay’s online shop or a bit more expensive on Amazon. Big, inexpensive, with really current operating system and in proven quality.
You’ll get a similar radio with the NAVISKAUTO RQ0264E from Amazon. Its display is also 7 inches tall. It also has a proper knob for the volume. Many owners have had a good experience with this radio. I have already described it in a post:
The pumpkin car stereo with Android 7 is well equipped and can be used as a navi, hands-free system and mobile music collection. I give a total of 4.6 of 5 stars. At Amazon, there are currently forty-four customer reviews for the pumpkin 02306B, including nineteen with 5 stars, eleven with 4 stars, and four with 3 stars.