Car Kit

Car Kit


Supports Android 2.1 - 4.4.

Most Android devices do not have a true "Car Dock", a cradle that their device can be seated in which can (depending on model) provide power, route audio, and instruct the Android device to display a "Car UI", with larger icons and text appropriate for vehicle use.

The Car Kit was designed to remedy this problem for users with devices that do not have a true "Car Dock." Additionally, the Car Kit can expand upon the docking functionality that users with a true Car Dock already have.

Car Kit allows users to select input criteria to designate they're in the vehicle (for example, connecting their device to a power source, connecting a headset, and bluetooth connects to a device, like a headunit.) Upon doing so, Car Home can be displayed automatically, WiFi toggled off, and Music is launched automatically.

These actions occur automatically when the inputs are met, so the user doesn't need to perform these actions on their device manually. When the Disengage criteria are met (for example, unplugging the device from power), all of the actions taken by Car Kit are undone, returning your device to it's prior state.

Additionally, Car Kit includes a Widget that allows you to Engage or Disengage it's settings at will.

Functionality includes:

- Bluetooth
- WiFi
- Volume
- Speakerphone
- SMS messages displayed in a large window when received
- Switching to Car Home UI and back automatically
- Displaying battery charge (or loss) statistics
- Launch selected application


Android Permissions Breakdown:

RECEIVE_BOOT_COMPLETED: Allows Car Kit to start when you power on your device.

READ_PHONE_STATE: Necessary for Speakerphone functionality.

BLUETOOTH / BLUETOOTH_ADMIN: Bluetooth functionality, including toggling.

MODIFY_AUDIO_SETTINGS: Adjusting volume.

ACCESS_WIFI_STATE/CHANGE_WIFI_STATE: Adjusting WiFi.

UPDATE_DEVICE_STATS: An (erroneously) required permission that some devices need in order to be able to change WiFi. This is a bug, and listed on the Android bug tracker. I've included it to allow users with devices who experience this bug to be able to use WiFi functionality without getting a Force Close error.

WAKE_LOCK: Keep the device awake / adjust screen brightness settings.

RECEIVE_SMS: Necessary to display SMS messages as they're received.

READ_CONTACTS: Associates incoming SMS messages with contacts on your device, so they show as your contact's name rather than the contact's phone number.

CALL_PHONE: Necessary to call a contact back directly from the Show SMS pop-up.





SEO: Car Dock, Phone Dock, Device Dock, Software Dock, Android Dock, Dock, Car, Vehicle, Transit, Transport, Transportation, Car UI, Car Home, Car Mode.

Recent changes:
Version 2.9.2:

Improved performance, reduced widget size, and fixed an issue that could cause "SMS Pop-up" ghosting on fast devices.
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About Car Kit
Supports Android 2.1 - 4.4.

Most Android devices do not have a true "Car Dock", a cradle that their device can be seated in which can (depending on model) provide power, route audio, and instruct the Android device to display a "Car UI", with larger icons and text appropriate for vehicle use.

The Car Kit was designed to remedy this problem for users with devices that do not have a true "Car Dock." Additionally, the Car Kit can expand upon the docking functionality that users with a true Car Dock already have.

Car Kit allows users to select input criteria to designate they're in the vehicle (for example, connecting their device to a power source, connecting a headset, and bluetooth connects to a device, like a headunit.) Upon doing so, Car Home can be displayed automatically, WiFi toggled off, and Music is launched automatically.

These actions occur automatically when the inputs are met, so the user doesn't need to perform these actions on their device manually. When the Disengage criteria are met (for example, unplugging the device from power), all of the actions taken by Car Kit are undone, returning your device to it's prior state.

Additionally, Car Kit includes a Widget that allows you to Engage or Disengage it's settings at will.

Functionality includes:

- Bluetooth
- WiFi
- Volume
- Speakerphone
- SMS messages displayed in a large window when received
- Switching to Car Home UI and back automatically
- Displaying battery charge (or loss) statistics
- Launch selected application


Android Permissions Breakdown:

RECEIVE_BOOT_COMPLETED: Allows Car Kit to start when you power on your device.

READ_PHONE_STATE: Necessary for Speakerphone functionality.

BLUETOOTH / BLUETOOTH_ADMIN: Bluetooth functionality, including toggling.

MODIFY_AUDIO_SETTINGS: Adjusting volume.

ACCESS_WIFI_STATE/CHANGE_WIFI_STATE: Adjusting WiFi.

UPDATE_DEVICE_STATS: An (erroneously) required permission that some devices need in order to be able to change WiFi. This is a bug, and listed on the Android bug tracker. I've included it to allow users with devices who experience this bug to be able to use WiFi functionality without getting a Force Close error.

WAKE_LOCK: Keep the device awake / adjust screen brightness settings.

RECEIVE_SMS: Necessary to display SMS messages as they're received.

READ_CONTACTS: Associates incoming SMS messages with contacts on your device, so they show as your contact's name rather than the contact's phone number.

CALL_PHONE: Necessary to call a contact back directly from the Show SMS pop-up.





SEO: Car Dock, Phone Dock, Device Dock, Software Dock, Android Dock, Dock, Car, Vehicle, Transit, Transport, Transportation, Car UI, Car Home, Car Mode.

Recent changes:
Version 2.9.2:

Improved performance, reduced widget size, and fixed an issue that could cause "SMS Pop-up" ghosting on fast devices.
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A Google User
Nov 11, 2014
Very useful The newer Android (4.2+ I believe) does not have a car home connected to car mode anymore, meaning enabling car mode will not automatically launch the designated car dock. This app has an extra trigger that you can configure which can be used to launch your favorite car dock. Perfect! If it has the option to trigger from connecting to a specific bluetooth device, as opposed to just any bluetooth connection (I could be connected to my headset, not my car), then it will get 5 stars.
A Google User
Oct 16, 2014
ok bah...
A Google User
Sep 29, 2014
Incompatible!?! Should take notes from Motorola's dock's OS...
A Google User
Mar 18, 2014
[email protected] Great smart phone app to use on this smart phone
A Google User
Mar 10, 2014
Just What I Needed Although this app has not seen any development for a long while, I am just trying this out for the first time. It is compatible with my S3 running 4.3. It is an essential app for those with bluetooth kits in their car. The app enables Samsung's Hands-Free mode when certain connectivity criteria are met. In addition to Hands-Free, it will launch a specified app, maximize volumes, and much more when the connectivity criteria you specify are met. Very happy with this app!