I replied to a thread about the Parrot Asteroid Smart head unit in the 6.7 forum but figured I should post in here for any of the 7.3 guys considering this head unit. This is an Android powered multi-touch screen double din head unit. It comes with an Asteroid app market which includes a version of torque made specifically for this unit. You can completely customize almost everything on here just as you could on any Android smart phone. So far I am really liking this unit and its capabilities. Only fault so far is there is no dedicated volume dial or hard buttons. Its done via a touch screen slider which is always brought up by tapping the volume touch screen button on the bottom left part of the screen.
I couldn't find a lot of info on this forum about this head unit so I figured I would contribute for those interested.
I just got this head unit the other day. I was really torn between getting the Clarion nx602 and the Parrot Asteroid Smart. After getting the Parrot installed and partially setup I am so glad I went with this over any non Android head unit. The potential is just awesome. So far I have Pandora, Netflix, Youtube, Google maps, Gmail, and Play store installed. I'll be away from my truck for a few days but when I have it back I'll be looking into installing a custom launcher and boot animation etc. Heres a few pics of my install. I had an old sub and amp to throw in too. Still have a little work to do to get it more secure but it all works.
Btw I hear everyone always saying that the trimming you need to do to make a double din fit is so easy and takes 5 mins. Not in my case. Partially my own fault but it took at least an hour. I bought the only Dremel that Walmart carried since I had a few gift cards. I didn't realize it was battery powered only so I kept having to wait to recharge the battery pack. Also that thing makes a huge mess so after seeing all the plastic dust covering everything in my truck I pulled out my dash to finish it up and I had a hard time disconnecting a few of the wires from the back.
Other than things taking longer than expected which is actually the norm for me, at least the first time, the install went well. Here is how to bypass the parking brake safety thing that only lets you do most things when the truck is parked and with the parking brake engaged. There is a light green wire that is for the parking brake. Just connect that in with the black ground wire from the head unit and the wiring harness or ground it to any bolt or whatever you want and it will let you use any function you want at any time. I ran my power wire along the drivers side and just popped the plastic thing off that you would step on to enter the vehicle. It feels like its going to break but I had to pull it really hard and it popped out and snapped back in when I reinstalled. I did the same for the passenger side when I ran the rca and remote line.
There is no dedicated amp turn on wire from the head unit. You hook up the amp remote wire to the blue "power antenna" wire and it will power up the amp as soon as the head unit powers up regardless of what source your'e listening too and also power it off about 10 seconds after the head unit turns off.
Oh and as far as sound quality I am running stock speakers and they get a lot louder without distortion now as opposed to being powered by the stock head unit. The bluetooth works awesome and I only had to set it up once and now it automatically syncs every time I get in the truck. Call quality is about as good as it gets for a bluetooth phone call. You can tell your'e talking to someone in a car. Its not terrible but It just sounds a little off. I think that is just the downfall of a speakerphone type call
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