PSA: So CarPlay dongles actually work.
While browsing AliExpress, I came across a dongle that’s suppose to add CarPlay support to my no-brand (Chinese) Android headunit. Now, while they also wireless version, since I was skeptical this thing will even work, I didn’t want to risk too much money on this experiment and ordered the wired version ($47, but it goes for less when it’s on sale).
Long story short – I got the dongle today, installed the apk they provided on my headunit and to my surprise – the thing works perfectly! It’s super fast/responsive connected to my iPhone X (running the latest iOS 13 dev beta), and I haven’t experienced any major issues so far.
Totally recommend it if you have a cheap android headunit in your car (just maybe go for the wireless version).
(I’m not attaching any links since I don’t want to promote anything, just search for “CarPlay dongle” and get one with good reviews.)
it works on tablets as well!