*** Update 08/07/15 (Long Overdue) – I am now using an Android KGL double din touch screen head unit ***

Well I finally admit I am starting to lose hope in Parrot.  I have no confidence that the Parrot Asteroid will ever be much more than the crippled, unstable, unsupported and future development stopped state that it currently is in.  There was a post on the Parrot UK forum a while back about releasing a navigation app due out hopefully by the end of this year (posted on 19/07/2012 here ),  and more recently another wishy washy response from Parrot on 19/11/2012:

The Asteroid range is expanding and not intended to replace the current Asteroid unit. The Asteroid Classic is very much a key unit in the Asteroid range and we are working very hard behind the scenes on the next software version for this unit. This version is taking time as we are working on adding additional key features like multipoint and offering a navigation option following users feedback.

Let’s be clear here – they are taking their time to adding additional features when there are many bugs which should be fixed with urgency as they have been introduced with newer firmware releases.  The latest release 1.6.1 was released on 11/07/2012, nearly 5 months ago.  It’s hard to believe there is a team of developers working hard behind the scenes here, even a single guy could produce more output than what we have seen so far.

Parrot haven’t even been able to release their newer Asteroid products on time either, and I presume this is where the majority of the focus has been.

Unfortunately it looks like the Custom Asteroid Firmware project has struggled to really take off (I presume a lack of time, lack of volunteers and a locked bootloader and encrypted file updates has killed that one).  Shame as it did look quite promising with some interesting ideas and already a more functional Home screen.


So, I started looking for alternatives, so far I have found these Android head units but they are double din (I don’t fancy trying to fit the double din unit, but guess I might have to if I struggle to find a single din unit any time soon).  Although they are more expensive than the Parrot I am happier to pay more if it ensures a higher quality product with better future support.  So far the :

  • Clarion Mirage IVI
  • Ca-Fi
  • Adayo AN6B01

One thing is for sure – there still aren’t many Android head units, but when I do buy a new one it certainly won’t be a Parrot.

As I previously blogged about the announcement of a new Google Code custom firmware project for the Parrot Asteroid, not much had initially happened.  I checked back every now and again, and a few more users had registered, a few more replies to some of the topics appeared, but I admit, it almost looked like a lost hope. However, since my return from holiday I checked once more and shock – a new Home Launcher has been released (download here).  Although only a 2nd version release, so still beta it is already good progress over the standard launcher.  Immediately it is visually much better with the vertical jog dial scrolling the items and also it shows what the next/previous item is (a huge bug bear for me on the standard firmware). More »

A custom firmware project has launched on Google Code by asteroid.gforums.de, with the intention of creating a new custom Parrot Asteroid firmware. Hopefully this will gain some traction, but I fear it might struggle to get off the ground as Parrot won’t release details of the .plf update file.  I would love to be proved wrong though!

I do like the Asteroid, but there are a number of shortcomings with it, even with the latest 1.5 software.  My main bugbears are: More »

ADB Parrot Asteroid via Mobile (Bluetooth) and Computer/Laptop (Wifi)


On phone (I used rooted HTC Desire, CM7), install:

SSHDroid – free from market

Port Forwarder by Bernard Herbst – free from market

Open Garden WiFi Tether – free from market

Connect phone via Bluetooth to Parrot

On Phone start Open Garden Wireless Tether.  Go to Settings, check Bluetooth is enabled

On Parrot go to Settings –> Network –> Bluetooth –> Connect –> Select Phone

Parrot should now connect to Bluetooth PAN.  Check IP of the Parrot in Open Garden WiFi Tether.

Ensure WIFI is enabled and phone and computer are joined to the same WLAN.

Start SSHDroid on phone, connect via SSH from computer to phone.  On rooted phone username is root and password is admin.  Confirm successful ping to (default IP given to the Parrot from Open Garden WiFi Tether). More »