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Hank3rd

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Jul 22, 2014
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Hello everyone.

I should be receiving my Kenwood Carplay unit today and will be installing it in my 2012 Hyundai Sonata. I am tired of the delay when I press the SIRI button!

I have a few questions for those that have Carplay.

1. If the phone is plugged in and Carplay is running, will I be able to hear audio from non-carplay apps either through the cord or Bluetooth? I use Pocket TTS and also a third party podcast app.
2. What happens if the phone is plugged in and I open an app and want to add text using siri (press the mic button on the keyboard)?
3. If I am using the navigation and then want to look something up in another app, what happens when I press the home button or navigate to another app?

One thing that I am trying to figure out is if I need to plug and unplug for different situations. I hope that is not the case. I know that it is considered overkill to replace my radio with an expensive carplay unit just because of a delay issue, but I hope that I may learn to like it.

Thank you!
 

Stewie

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I have CarPlay built in to my VW. You can use any app on your phone that isn't a CarPlay app, but the head unit will go to the screen with all the icon on it when you try to use a non CarPlay app. Thinks like navigation or audio will still work in the background.

Hope that helps.
 

Hank3rd

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Jul 22, 2014
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Thank you @Stewie! That helps. I am interested in knowing if I can still use the dictation (mic) while in apps. Like replying to text or dictating emails while it is plugged in. I would think so, but just checking.
 

Hermes Monster

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1. Can't say for certain, but my Audi doesn't mix well between CarPlay and it's own MMI system, have to use one or the other I think
2.This should work ok, would probably only be an issue if you had voice built in to your car
3.I assume this is on your phone rather than the on screen home button? I believe they have the same action anyway, and will change the the screen to whichever app you're using (assuming it's a CarPlay app), but the voice prompts should still work until you go back to maps.

Overall, I love CarPlay and bought my car because of it, so no I would't say just buying the unit is overkill :D I think the Overcast Podcast app work withs CarPlay, as does TuneIn Radio, but I use the stock apps.
 

Stewie

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Thank you @Stewie! That helps. I am interested in knowing if I can still use the dictation (mic) while in apps. Like replying to text or dictating emails while it is plugged in. I would think so, but just checking.

I have never tried dictation from the phone when connected to CarPlay as I can use my car mic for that.

Edit: actually that is a lie. I have been running iOS 10 beta and accessing Siri via the car controls wasn't working so I was doing to from the phone. So you shouldn't have issue with the dictation assuming the noise level is too bad.
 
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Hank3rd

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Jul 22, 2014
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Thank you for the replies. I installed my unit tonight like it so far. Everything I asked seems to work, but I have tried more tomorrow.

I could not get my reverse camera to work, so I have to work on that and also run the wires for the microphone and a GPS . I am able to go into an app, press the microphone button and dictate. Seems to play audio from other sources well. I am yet to try the maps.
 
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