Even many modern cars today don’t have much as far as a touchscreen / tablet interface goes. It’s certainly an option to equip them with it, but it often adds a significant amount to the original purchase price. On top of that, many of these touchscreen interfaces in vehicles aren’t powered by Android, leaving you pretty limited as to what you can do with it. Luckily, most vehicles today allow you some pretty good customization, letting you swap out that old radio system for an Android system. Enter, the Android Double Din Car Stereo, a touchscreen interface that runs off of recent versions of Android.
Double Din actually refers to the space that the radio takes up, usually 4″ x 8″. Most vehicles have this space available — it just requires you or someone else taking your radio out, and swapping it with an Android-based Double Din. Not sure which one to pick up? Follow along below, and we’ll show you some of the best on the market right now. Here are our favorite picks.
Vicmax Android 8.0 Oreo Octa-Core Stereo
Vicmax’s own Android 8.0-powered Stereo is one of our favorites because of the quality put in this one. It’s on a recent version of Android — version 8.0 Oreo — and it comes with a whole 32GB of storage space to store Android apps, music, and more. With an Octa-core processor and 4GB of RAM, the interface is quick and responsive. There’s even a multi-window view for doing multiple things on it at once.
Vicmax uses Google Maps to give you GPS navigation, and you can purchase a data plan to go with this one as well. There’s easy access to things like the time, calendar, music streaming, and even watching video. Get yours at the link below.
BroGoTek 9-inch Android Double Din
Coming up as second on our countdown, this option from BroGoTek gives you slightly more screen real estate than the Vicmax. You get a massive 9-inch touchscreen display here, and there’s quick access to thinks like GPS navigation, music streaming, watching a DVD, and you can even use this for FaceTime-like functionality. This model also comes equipped with 32GB of storage space for loading your favorite music on it so that you can play tunes locally. Of course, you get the standard GPS navigation options as well as connectivity for your smartphone to take and send out calls over the radio. In addition to music streaming, the BroGoTek supports streaming over FM/AM radio as well.
The options we’ve shown you so far have been a little on the pricier side of things, so if you need something slightly on the cheaper side of the spectrum, the ATOTO A6 will be right up your alley at around $170. This one supports Android from the get-go, and allows you to download your favorite Android Auto-based apps. You have quick access to music streaming through apps like Pandora and Spotify.
Sync your phone up to the ATOTO A6, and you’ll be able to make and take phones and send and receive text messages. There’s a massive 256GB SSD inside, which gives you plenty of space for local music files and more. There’s built in GPS, reverse camera input, and more.
Pumpkin Android 8.0 Car Stereo
In fourth position on our countdown, we have the Pumpkin Android 8.0 Car Stereo. Running off of Android 8.0, you’ll get all of the awesome and recent additions that Android Auto brings. It is primarily a touchscreen, but it does have a button layout to the left of the screen, giving you options like going to Home, going Back, and even adjusting volume. It’s got a 32GB hard drive, so you have plenty of rooms for apps, music, and even digital movies. You can stream through apps like Pandora and Spotify, and it can play local AM/FM radio.
Lexxson Android Car Radio Stereo 7-inch
Finally, we have the Lexxson Android 4.4 Car Radio Stereo. This one is a little cheaper than the rest, and also has a smaller 7-inch touchscreen. Sync your phone up to this, and you can still make and take calls, as well as send messages. It supports local AM / FM music streaming, and there’s built-in GPS navigation. You can play local video on this one, view photos, and even browse the Internet!
As you can see, there are a lot of excellent Android Double Din Car Stereos available. These are third-party option that allows you to outfit your car with Android Auto. It’s a whole lot cheaper than purchasing something with Android Auto already built-in, but does require some extra tinkering.
Do you have a favorite Double Din? Sound off in the comments.