If you want to buy an aftermarket Android 4.4 car stereo, you should base on your car’s year, make and model. Normally, aftermarket head units are rectangular and the standard car stereo size is referred to as single DIN. Most cars have single DIN stereo slots. The measurement of a standard single DIN slot is 50mm height by 178mm width. Most car radios will slide directly into the single DIN slot without requiring an additional adapter kit. However, some DIN models may require an installation kit.
The second most common car stereo slot size is the double DIN. Double DIN slots are twice as tall as the standard single DIN slots, but they have the same width as single DIN stereos. We carry double DIN car stereos that slide directly into the double DIN slot. If you have the space, double DIN models are great because they usually feature LCD monitors for video playback and GPS navigation.
Actually, the double DIN Android head units have become more popular: many vehicle manufacturers (especially of Asian cars) created a DIN CD player for use with a DIN cassette/radio unit. The main advantage to an aftermarket double DIN is that it’ll look better in the dash of a vehicle that uses a stock double DIN head unit. A larger head unit can have larger controls and a larger display, which making it easier to use. The best in-dash mobile video and navigation units are double DIN, because they don’t require a flip-out mechanism for the viewscreen.
Regardless of classification (single DIN, double DIN, etc.), the stereo’s depth is unique for each model. The installation may require some customization if your vehicle has a relatively shallow cavity. Though you may wish to perform custom installs, it’s always wisest to choose a model that will fit your car perfectly. Check out our website to find out what will exactly fit your vehicle. This will save you a lot of time, money and hassle when it comes time to install your car stereo.
The current crop of car stereos is as notable for what’s missing as what’s included. Pumpkin’s $370 “affordable” model, the KD-C0224, is typical in having neither CD player nor digital radio, but instead a large touch screen to control your Android cellphone.
The 6.95 inch display in fact is bigger than most phones, and works as a sort of giant remote control, streaming music wirelessly via Bluetooth and letting you adjust the sound on an inbuilt graphic equalizer.
It’s compatible with most Android phones, iPods, memory sticks and the like. The fact that it also sports an analogue radio is almost as an afterthought.
But the KD-C0224 really only scratches the surface. Further up the range, new and emerging models will offer connectivity with Google’s vision of the road ahead, respectively Android Auto. This platform combines communication, traffic information and music into a single unit.
The idea is that you install an app on your phone (only recent models will be supported) and connect it to a compatible car stereo using a standard USB charging cable. The phone then pushes information to the large LCD HD display on the dashboard.
Android Auto will connect to online radio services like TuneIn, and to music libraries such as Spotify, from where you can stream almost any song you can think of – whether stored on one of your other devices or in cloud. Depending which model you choose, you can also call up a conventional, inbuilt sat nav or Google Maps.