All devices have 32 GB of ROM space for applications and have plenty of RAM with 4 GB of RAM.
The Eonon GA2170 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 and the backspace key. Under the knob is the navigation key.
At the top left you 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 Eonon car stereo 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 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 8-core processor is properly sized with a clock frequency of 1.5 Ghz.
Eonon car stereo with Android 8
You can arrange your most important apps on the surface as you do on a smartphone. On my device I have apps for radio, music player, sat nav, speed camera, internet radio, tank app, clock, weather widget and the settings. In addition, I have installed the app “Radio.de” from 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.
If the radio has been switched off for a long time, it automatically reboots 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.
The above model has a different optic. The GA2170B has an octa core processor, 4GB RAM and 32 GB ROM. Its display is also 7 inch with a screen resolution of 1024 x 600 pixel.
10 inch universal device in double DIN housing
Cheaper devices with Android 7.1 available
Vehicle-specific versions of the radio
There are some vehicle-specific devices offered by the Eonon brand. These variants fit exactly into the vehicle from the front panel. This makes installation much easier. All you need to do is to plug in the radio adapter, vehicle and GPS antenna and slide the device into the radio slot.
Here are the vehicle-specific devices with Android 8.0 :
Here are the vehicle-specific devices with Android 7.1 :
Benefits of Android car radios
Unlike the standard brand car radios the Noname Android car radios offer a wide range of possibilities. The Android devices are all made in China and are more or less standardized which makes them quite inexpensive and upgradable. While most of the brand car radios get an update with a bug fix for branded devices, it is possible to upgrade for free on Android devices – upgrades can be found on various websites.
Remember that these Android devices can also be connected to any steering wheel remote control. The Android car radios offer much more than the simple possibilities of “Car Play” or “Android Auto” of 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 buy your favorite navigation system or even download a free alternative in the Google Play Store. I recommend Navigon, iGo and Google Maps. If you need another music player 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 all over the world with the Radio.de app. For this app, 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. You can also customize the look of your Android interface with a launcher like Car Launcher Pro according to your needs. I describe other interesting apps in this post:
Connections with smartphones
You can wirelessly connect your smartphone to this car radio via Bluetooth, then all calls can be answered directly on the radio. By streaming on the radio you can play the music stored on your smartphone. By coupling with a USB cable you can even view the screen of your smartphone on the Pumpkin car stereo and control the phone. 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 Eonon 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 Eonon 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 features a crash sensor and motion detection. During the day it records your driving to preserve evidence and during the night it takes pictures during movements or parking bumps. It is inexpensive.
Data of the Eonon car radio with Android 8
- CPU: PX5 1.5GHz Cortex A53 Octa-core
- 4G RAM; 32G ROM
- Operating system Android 8.0 Oreo
- Screen size: 7 inches
- Screen resolution: 1024 x 600
- Supports DAB + Digital Radio
- Supports 4K Ultra HD video
- Key illumination is selectable
- Bluetooth: handsfree device with phonebook import and music playback (A2DP)
- Bluetooth connection for iPhones & Android phones
- Wireless screen reflection (Smartphone Entertainment Sharing)
- Supports USB media & SD cards up to 64 GB
- Supports steering wheel remote control
- Cinch connection for rear view camera
- 3 USB ports on the back
- Connection for dashcam
- Internal and external microphone
- FM / AM radio with RDS
- Region Free DVD players with formats CD-Audio, CD-Video, CD-ROM, DVD-Audio, DVD-Video, DVD-R, DVD-R, DVD + R, DVD-RAM, Double Layer DVD + R
- Audio output power: 4 x 45 watts surround stereo
Scope of delivery
- 7 “Android Car Radio (head unit)
- Power Cable
- Video Output Adapter Cable
- AUX Input Adapter Cable
- Reversing Video Adapter Cable
- Four Screws
- 3G/USB Adapter Cable
- External microphone
- Disassembly tool
- Fuse 15A
Value for money
Currently you get the Eonon car stereo with Android 8 for US $278.90 in eBay’s online shop. Inexpensive, with current operating system and in proven quality.
You’ll get a similar radio with the HIZPO. Its display is also 7 inches tall. It also has a proper knob for the volume. The device has Android 8.0 and an octa core processor. In Europe this radio is available as NAVISKAUTO.
The Eonon car stereo with Android 8 comes with the latest version of the Android operating system and can be used as navigation system, speakerphone and moving music collection. All in all I award 4.7 out of 5 stars. The seller “audiocart” received 633 positive, 8 neutral and 9 negative reviews in the last 12 months.