Turn your old Samsung tablet into a dashboard for Android Auto

The popular Mishaal Rahman managed to turn a Samsung Galaxy TabS5e into an Android Automotive device that even supports Android Auto.

Turn your old Samsung tablet into a dashboard for Android Auto

Sometimes it’s hard to be aware of what the Android community brings to the platformespecially now that most users have stopped racine your devices and the improvements of the scenes they are more testimonials and focused on some devices, many of which have been discontinued and which keep your updates with ROM cooks.

In fact, most of the time when we go to the Android community, it’s for revive devices that had been forgotten in the drawerssomething the popular Mishaal Rahman ended up with his old Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e pour turn it into a fully functional Android Automotive device and with the ability to even connect to a smartphone and run Android Auto.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e turned into an Android Automotive panel

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e has turned into an Android Automotive device.

And here your doubts and all alarms will jump, because indeed Android Automotive and Android Auto are not the same like now you will see:

  • Android Auto is a simplified and vehicle-friendly Android panel, which the smartphone itself will display via the car’s multimedia system connected by cable or wirelessly.
  • Android Automotive is a complete software for the infotainment systems of our cars, developed by the Open Automotive Alliance promoted by Google and which can completely bring a vehicle to life as it already does with certain models from Volvo, Polestar or Lync & Co.

In fact, it is that Android Automotive supports Android Autotherefore a multimedia system with Android Automotive will be able, like any current multimedia system from Mercedes-Benz, Toyota or Volkswagen, among others, to show us the familiar and simplified interface of Android Auto if we connect a smartphone to the automotive head unit.

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The thing is, as our friends at Android Police told us, the nice Mishaal Rahman managed to install Android Automotive firmware on Galaxy Tab S5e and make it fully functionalobviously with some issues in these early stages of development but with the most basic options already 100% available.

As you can see in his Twitter feed, the system works perfectly and the tablet can show us the standard version of Android Automotive without manufacturer customizations in turn, which can also connect a smartphone via USB to run Android Auto sans complications.

Some things fail, because although the general part of the interface looks good, it seems that location access is unstable and that Google Maps fails a lot for this reason. It is also incomplete profile configuration, while the weather widget does not work at all and does not display any information. And more striking right now you see a strange watermark stating that this is pre-production material, something that is obviously untrue and has to do with the initial stages of this Port.

In any case, the evolution is promising because anyone with an old vehicle could have an Android Automotive system in their car just by dusting off an old tablet, something Mishaal Rahman promised for wants to port Android Automotive to more different devices more manufacturers.

The creator even responded with a ” I wish “ to a Twitter user’s question in which questioned the possibility of creating a generic image of the system so that anyone can port and install it on their devices. Please note that these GSI images are single releases and are compatible with many different devices which often used for “beta” testing.

Interesting, especially since Mishaal also said that Spotify Car Thing surveyan abandoned device and could have a new and better life as an Android Automotive system for any old vehicle… We will be attentive!

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