Now that you have your JagDroid system installed in your car, you can configure the software to your preference and add some optional extras.
Some suggested customisations are detailed below:
The first App I recommend is Car Launcher Pro. This replaces the standard Android launcher and provides a user interface that is specifically designed to run on a car touchscreen system. It has a number of ‘skins’ for a different look, and each of them can be customised to your preference. Download it on your JagDroid system directly from Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.autolauncher.motorcar&hl=en_GB
Some Apps insist on changing to portrait mode even if you have the rotation locked in the Android settings. So the next App you need to install is Rotation Control which will force it to stay in landscape mode: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.crape.rotationcontrol&hl=en_GB When you have installed the App, run it, select Landscape mode then press the Shield which locks the display in landscape mode
There are a number of Navigation apps available, including Google Maps, Waze etc. Many of these require a continuous data connection to use the map and navigation data, but my preference is TomTom Navigation, which downloads the entire map data for use offline when you have no data connection available. If a data connection is available, then it will display live traffic information and re-route accordingly. It’s the same system that runs on the TomTom hardware navigation systems, and in my opinion has the best user interface and navigation of them all, however it is a paid App and you can buy a 1 year or 3 year subscription. Download it on your JagDroid system directly from Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tomtom.gplay.navapp
Configure your phone as a Personal Hotspot to provide internet access to your JagDroid system via WiFi . Alternatively you can use a 4G ‘Mifi’ type device with a data SIM for dedicated Internet access so you don’t need to rely on your phone
The JagDroid video controller has 2 x composite video inputs, one designed for a reversing camera with a reverse trigger input to activate it on selecting reverse gear, and another input which can be used for a front camera (or anything else). You can manually switch to the reverse camera by double-pressing the Rear Defrost button, and the front camera with the Front Defrost button. (Note, you must wire the power for the camera into switched live to allow this to work, so that it is always powered when the ignition is on).
For auto-switching on reverse, because the Jaguar reversing lamps work on a negative switched signal, (that is, one side of the bulb is connected directly to +12v, and the car switches the other side down to ground to illuminate the lamp) a relay is required to convert this negative switched signal to a +12v trigger input that the video controller requires. This can be achieved very simply with a relay:
This is the type of camera that would work (just an example, I don’t endorse this specific listing): https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/170-HD-Car-Rear-View-Reverse-Backup-Parking-Camera-CCD-Night-Vision-Waterproof/163734641067 which can be discreetly mounted to the underside of the boot plinth.
DAB Digital Radio can be added by plugging in a USB DAB+ module such as this one: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/USB-port-5V-Car-Digital-Radio-Receiver-DAB-Tuner-For-Car-Android-System-Mini/253694614391?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649
Signal quality will vary depending on the antenna used. One user recommends this antenna (for steel bodied cars only): https://www.dabonwheels.co.uk/product/kinetic-magnetwig-dma-1004/
Download the DAB App to your JagDroid system directly from Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.zoulou.dab
Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
You can add Apple CarPlay or Android Auto by adding a USB dongle.
The CarLinkit Mini has been tested by Old Jaguar – Australia