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Car Kit - FREE

by Justin Shidell, Version: 2.9.1 , 348 KB

Package name: com.bigbangllc.carkit , Last Update: 2012-10-17 21:55:33

77 ratings (4.104 average)

10,000-50,000 downloads

What's new in this version (2.9.1):

Version 2.9.1:

Fixed a bug related to the Volume functionality that would prevent certain devices from properly setting the previous volume levels.


Supports Android 2.1 - 4.1.

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.


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.

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Last comments from Android Market

Bryan (*****)
Just what I was looking for...great value

Bill (*****)
Win! Great app and easy to use. Now I don't have to mess with my settings everytime I get in my car. HTC EVO

Mark (****)
Would be good to see a Gps on/off feature as well (samsung vibrant).

Justin (*****)
This app is a nifty timesaver in the car because my dock doesn't automatically engage car mode. Thanks! HTC EVO

Chad (*****)
a real time saver getting in and out of the car. no one else has packaged all these features together like this till now. bravo! HTC Hero.

Dennis (*****)

nbauer (*****)
This thing makes car settings so easy. Set it and forget it. Def worth the two bucks.

Car Kit screenshot 1

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