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NEW: GEN3 Linkswell T-style 12.1" radio for GM Trucks

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NEW: GEN3 Linkswell T-style 12.1" radio for GM Trucks

Postby wottenad [OP] » Apr 20 2019, 1:07am

We've been waiting a long time to announce this: we have finally started receiving the Linkswell GEN3 "T-Style" 12.1" tablet replacement radio for GM trucks (part number TS-GMPU12-1RR1)! Having seen a prototype version of this unit at the SEMA show last November, it's amazing to finally see the finished production piece:

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To see the actual production unit and accessories, visit this gallery: https://drive.google.com/open?id=17lCS_GjFhwSnGHSWsvsu47Pa6Qm7joML
To see screenshots of the user interface, visit this gallery:https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ziyLjKHkYZH848alonmX7yfnmGWr235S

The unit will replace the factory 4" (RPO code IO3 or IO4), 7" (IOB) or 8" (IO5 or IO6) radio in 2014-18 Silverado/Sierra 1500 and 2015-18 Silverado/Sierra 2500 & 3500 (we're checking on 2019 2500 & 3500 compatibility) with either non-amplified or amplified (BOSE) sound systems, and ships with all harnesses and adapters that will be required for the installation in the box. The only exception is for trucks that have the factory BOSE systems - these will require an additional adapter that is kind of expensive (suggested retail is crazy, but we are selling them for our cost to help out guys with BOSE trucks). BTW: The BOSE adapter is exactly the same one that Alpine sells for their upgrade radio for these trucks - and they charge $400 for it. FYI: Alpine's adapter is actually made by Linkswell. Speaking of the Alpine radio, we carry that as well, but is is almost double the cost: https://www.adcmobile.com/product/alpine-restyle-gm-truck-mechless-receiver-i209-gm/

The GEN3 unit mounts in the dashboard exactly like the factory radio: it uses the original mounting points and screws to hold in the unit, and the outboard trim pieces clip in like factory. Although it moves the factory HVAC controls to the radio (on the hard buttons on the trim pieces as well as on-screen), it maintains the factory switches that are located at the bottom of the radio location under the factory HVAC controls. The unit itself is beautiful, with a dark grey bezel around the 12" vertical screen, with very high-quality control buttons for HVAC functions on both sides of the screen and two large silver knobs for on/off-volume and tuning and control functions. It has mounting bosses that line up to the factory radio mounting points and it ships with silver side wing panels that have an OEM-level finish, that can also be painted if you want to match a different color. The side panels also accept the factory switches (if any) that are currently mounted there. It has an improved UI that includes colored icons to more closely match the factory look and in contrast to the GEN2 units that had Android 4.4.4, it now has an Android 7.1 operating system. It has 2GB of R** and 32GB of total internal memory. These cannot be upgraded, but external memory is virtually unlimited, as you can hook up external USB sticks or hard drives.

They updated the UI slightly to include colored icons that are similar to the factory. Although the unit is an Android tablet, the user interface is actually an overlay that cannot be changed both on the "home" screen and the menu bar, so you will not be able to "dock" your favorite apps or features into the either location. This is a little frustrating, as it forces you to go into the app list in order to launch your apps, but it does guarantee that the unit looks very clean and very factory at all times.

Here are a few shots of the actual production hardware showing the color, texture and finish of the radio, the control buttons and trim:

Radio unit (note it has the screen protector film on it):
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Side trim:
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Left side buttons:
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Right side buttons:
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The unit has full wifi capability, so it allows you to connect to your vehicle's hotspot or a hotspot on your phone in order to run just about any app you can download from the Google Play Store. It ships with Google Maps built-in, and can run run WAZE or any other app you choose. It can also be purchased with iGo Next-Gen navigation (or upgraded to it at a later time) for navigation that does not require wifi to operate. The iGo navi upgrade runs $100.

In addition, since it is an Android tablet and can be used as such, those of you that use your trucks for work can run any Android app that you would normally run to conduct your business, like Quickbooks, calendar apps, messaging apps, proprietary business apps, etc., giving you the ability to make your truck your office, and move the functions that you would normally have to do on your phone, tablet or laptop over to the radio that is always-on and doesn't require anything but a hotspot to function. I know when I was working on the road doing installs, I would have killed to have a deck like this that would have allowed me to review my schedule and enter data without having to bring up anything else on my phone or laptop :- )

It supports Bluetooth 4.0 protocol for hands-free and A2DP music streaming (requires the supplied external mic for Bluetooth hands-free), and supports factory OnStar, steering wheel controls, HVAC controls, vehicle settings and USB ports. It DOES NOT retain the factory CD player or satellite tuner. Although it doesn't retain factory XM radio, the SiriusXM app can be installed on the unit, allowing access to 100+ additional channels of satellite programming than the in-car tuner for $7.99/mo.: https://www.siriusxm.com/xtrachannels, and of course all apps like Pandora, Spotify and iHeart Radio can be used as well. Retaining factory XM was definitely on my own "must have" list of features, but some design allowances (see below) made this MUCH more difficult to integrate easily.

The system has a total of three USB inputs (the factory USB and two additional inputs), and it will allow USB audio and video content to be played (yes, even while moving, but we don't want you to do that : -). It can also support gaming apps on the tablet and even run old school games using some of the common emulators and downloadable ROMS that are available, with USB controllers to give you a more X-Box or PS2/3/4 experience: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrOxIscDLdU.

It also ships with a USB dongle that adds Apple Car Play and Android Auto to the unit, giving you the ability to have Car Play/Android Auto without having to upgrade the factory hardware (and still be stuck with the factory radio). Last time we checked, just doing the Car Play upgrade to an existing factory radio cost $1000, https://www.infotainment.com/products/2014-2015-chevrolet-silverado-mylink-apple-carplay-and-android-auto-upgrade so when you consider that you get all of the other features as well, the T-Style radio option starts looking pretty attractive! Additionally, the adapter has a mode that will allow true display mirroring from an iPhone or Android device (settings would need to be changed, and not all devices will be guaranteed compatible with this mode).

Apple Car Play interface:
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Car Play audio display:
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There is an optional outboard DVR camera available that can both record your trips onto an SD card ( not included) inserted into the camera, but that also functions as a driving aid to warn of lane departure, etc. This may be something that could be considered very cheap insurance, since having a video record of any accidents or other mayhem that happens on the road in front of you can literally turn out to be a lifesaver!

The system has a total of three camera inputs. One of the inputs will display the factory rear camera (the factory rear camera adapter is included in the box) or allow you to add an aftermarket rear camera if your truck did not come with a rear camera. There is a right side camera and a front camera input as well. A right side camera can be added and that input can be triggered by the right turn signal if you wish, or manually through the touchscreen. The front camera input can only be triggered manually through the touchscreen. Keep in mind that just because they are labeled "right" and "front", these camera inputs can be used for any camera you may add (like a wireless camera on a trailer or camper), a camera under the truck if you do rock crawling or off-roading, or even any video device that you just need a display for.

Camera interface:
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The system has one AV input, giving you the ability to connect outboard AV sources such as media players, games, etc., and for the first time on any T-Style radio, a rear AV output! This is pretty huge because it will allow you to set up a full rear entertainment system in the truck using the head unit as a source. This includes the AV input, the radio or any file that can be played on the USB input. I don't know if it will send app audio and video like Netflix to this output, but I will try and find that answer and report back. If you set up a system with headrests or an overhead DVD unit that has outputs, you can send the radio's output to the rear and the rear system's output to the radio, giving you ultimate flexibility for entertainment options! NOTE: THE UNIT IS NOT COMPATIBLE WITH THE FACTORY REAR ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM. This means that if you have the factory rear entertainment system, it will not function - you would have to replace that system, or add something like headrest monitors in order to have rear entertainment. We will try and determine if there are any workarounds for this limitation...

It has a file manager so you can do standard file management operations as you would do on your tablet or laptop, and since it also contains a Chrome internet browser, you can surf the net as you would on any tablet, and download files as well. Downloaded files can be saved to any memory attached to the unit - internal memory or external USB drives. One very important and cool feature is that it will allow you to install .APK files (APPS) from any source, not just the Google Play store! This is important because there are literally dozens of APK mirror websites that have hundreds of thousands of apps available for download that are not necessarily available from the Play store. Of course, if you download anything that is NOT in the Play store, you should always verify the safety of the apps you are installing...

The system supports all factory HVAC control layouts, including manual controls, auto controls, etc. It has large control buttons on both sides of the bezel to control common functions. It has HVAC controls built into the interface as well. It controls factory vehicle settings, but I don't have a firm grip on exactly what each one of them does.

HVAC Interface:
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Vehicle options:
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The "cold boot" time is pretty unimpressive (~45 seconds!), but it has a "fast boot" setting that you can set to 15 minutes, 16 hours, 24 hours or 48 hours that allows the radio to stay in a "sleep mode" for that preset time, making it essentially "instant-on" when you come back to it within that time frame. This feature will draw tiny amounts of power, so it's advisable to make sure you have a healthy battery in the truck if you set this for extremely long intervals. The radio will prioritize the backup camera, so if you do start driving after a "cold boot", the backup camera will operate pretty much immediately.

Here's a little side note on the design priorities that have been shared with me (and my own impressions of the company and their previous products): When they first suggested they were considering the unit for GM trucks, I was extremely excited to see what they could come up with, because this is the same company that had been making the GM multi-camera modules we have been selling for almost 5 years under various manufacturer names, and who we knew understood and were comfortable with the factory systems in these trucks. I had literally dozens of suggestions for them, and shared what I felt were the priorities they should hit if they wanted this unit to be successful. My original request was to be able to retain as much as possible of the factory MyLink system and all factory options. They said that although they had been very comfortable with the camera interfaces, those were a pretty finite challenge that mainly involved "hijacking" the video and touchscreen streams and substituting their own functions, while removing the factory head unit and retaining all of the factory features for every version of factory audio system in these trucks took the engineering challenges to a completely new level!

For instance, since GM never shares their data on the MyLink system with aftermarket manufacturers, all of the data that needs to be supported in this kind of swap needs to be sleuthed out after the vehicle is delivered, by trial and error, using production vehicles equipped with all of the various systems. This makes producing a single unit to replace all possible combinations of factory systems (IO3, IO4, IO5, IO6 and IOB, along with all options in each level) a literal nightmare. They investigated just doing a replacement screen that retained all of the factory HMI and radio tuners, MyLink, etc., but this has proven to be a HUGE undertaking. While it is still being developed, that type of product will take immense fine-tuning to make it viable since potential problems can be caused with a factory update, negating any integration they have done and causing issues that would make the customer want to rip it out of the dash! Like Alpine has already done with their replacement radio (at $2000, almost twice as expensive as well), Linkswell decided to just do a complete replacement radio that bypasses most of the factory modules and so does not rely so heavily on interpreting the factory data stream. This allows the system to be much less dependent on factory data, and lets the radio system live pretty much independently of any updates done to the truck, making the owner's experience a whole lot less troublesome in the future.

We have received information from a supplier tied to another manufacturer of similar radios (Phoenix Android) that has gone down the path of retaining the factory modules saying that they are having ongoing issues with their CANBUS integration and are considering pulling the product from the market due to these problems. Of course, they won't mention this when trying to sell you a radio - keep in mind that not all manufacturers are created equal! There are other units out there that are similar (like the Phoenix), and we get asked every day why the Linkswell units are more expensive if they are the same unit. Simple answer - they are not the same unit! Although they are similar in layout, the underlying hardware and most importantly, the programming and functionality is NOT AT ALL the same - if you watch some of their demo videos, it's very obvious that they did not really think through their control layout, as they have AT LEAST three different HVAC control methods, and because they have attempted to retain the factory MyLink functions (see my comments regarding this above), it's also very obvious that it slows down the unit considerably. Another HUGE difference is the physical layout of the radio and how it mounts in the truck - the Phoenix radio comes with the radio and the side trim all as one piece, which has a very distinctive disadvantage: you cannot actually screw it into the dashboard! It can only be mounted with clips because the side trim panels are not removable, which makes it EXTREMELY easy to steal, since the thief doesn't even need any tools! The Linkswell unit is designed to mount basically the same as the factory unit, with the factory screws, and the trim panels clip in like factory.

In conclusion, the people at Linkswell know that we are never shy about sharing our impressions of their product :- ), and I'm happy to say that they listen to us very closely when it comes to suggesting updates and tweaks. They have literally written new firmware for us overnight when we have identified issues that needed to be corrected, and our fixes have been integrated into the ongoing firmware updates that their F**d and R** units have received. In other words, it's really refreshing to have a company listen to us when we tell them what's wrong with their products and they fix them based on our input! We will most definitely be giving the same type of feedback on these radios if and when we see something that needs to be fixed or changed.

We have already sold a couple hundred of the Linkswell "GEN2" F**d F-Series and R** radios, and have had a largely trouble-free experience. As I mentioned above, there have been a couple hiccups that have been addressed in firmware updates, but the hardware has been very solid. For the most part, guys are very satisfied with them, provided they are comfortable with losing factory features that the replacement radio doesn't support (mainly the CD player and satellite radio). The overwhelming majority of issues we have dealt with have been install-related, and even though we have some pretty in-depth videos and install photos & guides, some guys have had install & setup problems, and other issues that have forced reloading or updating the firmware to fix. Some issues stem from users changing settings that are not supposed to be touched, and some just due to not really really understanding what they have gotten themselves into. Although you don't need to be a professional installer to install these types of radios, it does require that you are able to read instructions, watch videos and have some knowledge of mechanical and electrical concepts. We very much want the installation to be as "pain-free" as possible, and we very much want to help you with the install, so if this is something that you feel you would want to tackle yourself, it is highly suggested that you call us in advance so we can pass along some of our "installer tips" to help insure things go well.

Feature-wise, here's the highlights:

Android 7.1 operating system
12.1″ HD touch screen Android Tablet
Optional iGO NextGen Navigation System (w/full screen display)
Will run Google Maps, WAZE etc.
Download and run apps from the Google Play Store
AM/FM Radio w/RDS (18 FM presets, 12 AM presets, plus My Favorite Stations )
3 USB inputs (1 factory input, 2 auxiliary)
32GB Memory 2GB R**
BT 4.0, A2DP for handsfree calling and music streaming
USB Music and Video player w/1080P Video
Rear A/V Outputs allow Rear Entertainment options
4X45 Watt built-in amplifier w/DSP & EQ
PhoneLink System (Apple & Android compatible)
On Screen/touch screen climate controls: A/C, Dual Zone Climate, Seat Heaters/Coolers, Defroster, etc. if equipped
Retain vehicle’s reverse camera
Add aftermarket front, rear or right cameras
DOES NOT maintain XM satellite radio
Optional USB DVR w/ ADAS Driver Assist
Display factory parking sensors (if equipped)
WIFI capable for web browser, app download
Programmable fast-boot settings to speed boot up time
Control of vehicle settings

You can read more about the unit on our website: https://www.adcmobile.com/product/gen-iii-t-style-radio-for-gm-trucks/, and we will post more as we get more familiar with the unit.

If you have any questions on it, post them here or contact me directly.
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Re: NEW: GEN3 Linkswell T-style 12.1" radio for GM Trucks

Postby TGUN11 » Apr 20 2019, 3:11am

Do you have any images of maps being used via apple car play? Does it fill the whole screen?

Also, does this render the current USB ports in the trucks center “console” useless or are those 2 ports still used?

I have a 2016 with the factory 8” screen. How hard is the install? Do you have instructions? Is this a plug and play style setup or is there cutting involved?

Thanks! System looks great.


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Re: NEW: GEN3 Linkswell T-style 12.1" radio for GM Trucks

Postby wottenad [OP] » Apr 21 2019, 4:17pm

TGUN11 wrote:Do you have any images of maps being used via apple car play? Does it fill the whole screen?

Also, does this render the current USB ports in the trucks center “console” useless or are those 2 ports still used?

I have a 2016 with the factory 8” screen. How hard is the install? Do you have instructions? Is this a plug and play style setup or is there cutting involved?

Thanks! System looks great.


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Did my first install yesterday on a 2019 Silverado 3500 Z71 Duramax. Will be posting pictures and video shortly.

It maintains all of the factory USB ports and there was no cutting of any harnesses - everything was completely Plug and Play.

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Re: NEW: GEN3 Linkswell T-style 12.1

Postby wottenad [OP] » Apr 22 2019, 4:58pm

TGUN11 wrote:Do you have any images of maps being used via apple car play? Does it fill the whole screen?

Also, does this render the current USB ports in the trucks center “console” useless or are those 2 ports still used?

I have a 2016 with the factory 8” screen. How hard is the install? Do you have instructions? Is this a plug and play style setup or is there cutting involved?

Thanks! System looks great.

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The way Car Play works on this deck is by using a little dongle that is supplied with it that allows Car Play and Android Auto operation (or phone screen mirroring if your device will support it). Once you plug your phone into the dongle and plug the dongle into USB, it takes about 3-4 seconds to open Car Play.

In this truck, it works off of either the front or console box USB, so you have the option of hiding the phone in the console while you're driving.

The salesman I delivered the truck to yesterday claimed it was light years faster than the factory Car Play in the 8" MyLink (I don't know, because I'm an Android guy and have never experienced Car Play in a new truck). All I know is that is is FAST! Maps populated in under a second and every other app I opened happened as quick as I could touch the icon.

It does fill up the entire screen, from the top status bar to the bottom menu bar, which is effectively the whole screen that is usable (picture quality of these photo is not great, as my phone was picking up the moire effect from the screen pretty bad - the actual display is perfect):

Maps:
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Main Menu:
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Pandora:
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I do have to say that Android Auto is underwhelming here, as it doesn't take up nearly the whole display, and is slower than Car Play - and this is on a native Android head unit! I honestly don't know why you would use Android Auto anyway, since all you can do using AA is already able to be used on the tablet using apps.

When I delivered the demo truck yesterday (2019 Silverado 3500 Z71 Duramax - $71,567!!!) the whole sales staff at Sunset Chevrolet went crazy about it - the direct quote was "That is the coolest thing I have ever seen for this truck!". I sold two units before I left the lot (literally, one guy was signing his paperwork for a white 2019 3500 Duramax while I was there, so I demoed the system for him and he stopped the process to add it in his deal)!

In all honesty, this deck is BADASS! I'm even more impressed with it after doing the install because everything worked EXACTLY as the factory claimed (and no matter what manufacturer says this, I ALWAYS find something to nitpick them on). This thing went in the way they claimed, operated the way they claimed and supported everything the claimed. I was on the phone with the engineering staff for about 3 hours over two days giving them suggestions regarding minor improvements. Yesterday, they even sent over a new firmware to try that they wrote to incorporate one of my suggestions, which is huge because it shows they care, which is nice.

As far as I could tell, the only things you lost on the truck were CD and XM radio. However, one of the sales guys figured that if you had a truck with the built-in hotspot, you could buy the unlimited data plan for it & sign up for the SXM streaming app and install it on this radio, then you would get 100 extra channels than you would get from the satellite XM radio and the cost for streaming AND the hotspot would be about the same as a full-blown XM subscription. I will try to verify these numbers, but if that's the case, it's a no-brainer fix for losing XM.

Overall, Car Play on the Linkswell GM GEN3 unit is not enough to make me switch to an iPhone, but I will be trading in my '11 Tahoe on a 2016 Silverado 1500 by the end of the week so I can own it! :- )

I'm going to be editing video today and tomorrow showing the entire installation and the operation of the unit, so stay tuned.
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Re: NEW: GEN3 Linkswell T-style 12.1

Postby TGUN11 » Apr 22 2019, 5:11pm

wottenad wrote:
TGUN11 wrote:Do you have any images of maps being used via apple car play? Does it fill the whole screen?

Also, does this render the current USB ports in the trucks center “console” useless or are those 2 ports still used?

I have a 2016 with the factory 8” screen. How hard is the install? Do you have instructions? Is this a plug and play style setup or is there cutting involved?

Thanks! System looks great.

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The way Car Play works on this deck is by using a little dongle that is supplied with it that allows Car Play and Android Auto operation (or phone screen mirroring if your device will support it). Once you plug your phone into the dongle and plug the dongle into USB, it takes about 3-4 seconds to open Car Play.

In this truck, it works off of either the front or console box USB, so you have the option of hiding the phone in the console while you're driving.

The salesman I delivered the truck to yesterday claimed it was light years faster than the factory Car Play in the 8" MyLink (I don't know, because I'm an Android guy and have never experienced Car Play in a new truck). All I know is that is is FAST! Maps populated in under a second and every other app I opened happened as quick as I could touch the icon.

It does fill up the entire screen, from the top status bar to the bottom menu bar, which is effectively the whole screen that is usable (picture quality of these photo is not great, as my phone was picking up the moire effect from the screen pretty bad - the actual display is perfect):

Maps:
Image

Main Menu:
Image

Pandora:
Image

I do have to say that Android Auto is underwhelming here, as it doesn't take up nearly the whole display, and is slower than Car Play - and this is on a native Android head unit! I honestly don't know why you would use Android Auto anyway, since all you can do using AA is already able to be used on the tablet using apps.

When I delivered the demo truck yesterday (2019 Silverado 3500 Z71 Duramax - $71,567!!!) the whole sales staff at Sunset Chevrolet went crazy about it - the direct quote was "That is the coolest thing I have ever seen for this truck!". I sold two units before I left the lot (literally, one guy was signing his paperwork for a white 2019 3500 Duramax while I was there, so I demoed the system for him and he stopped the process to add it in his deal)!

In all honesty, this deck is BADASS! I'm even more impressed with it after doing the install because everything worked EXACTLY as the factory claimed (and no matter what manufacturer says this, I ALWAYS find something to nitpick them on). This thing went in the way they claimed, operated the way they claimed and supported everything the claimed. I was on the phone with the engineering staff for about 3 hours over two days giving them suggestions regarding minor improvements. Yesterday, they even sent over a new firmware to try that they wrote to incorporate one of my suggestions, which is huge because it shows they care, which is nice.

As far as I could tell, the only things you lost on the truck were CD and XM radio. However, one of the sales guys figured that if you had a truck with the built-in hotspot, you could buy the unlimited data plan for it & sign up for the SXM streaming app and install it on this radio, then you would get 100 extra channels than you would get from the satellite XM radio and the cost for streaming AND the hotspot would be about the same as a full-blown XM subscription. I will try to verify these numbers, but if that's the case, it's a no-brainer fix for losing XM.

Overall, Car Play on the Linkswell GM GEN3 unit is not enough to make me switch to an iPhone, but I will be trading in my '11 Tahoe on a 2016 Silverado 1500 by the end of the week so I can own it! :- )

I'm going to be editing video today and tomorrow showing the entire installation and the operation of the unit, so stay tuned.


Ok I am definitely intrigued! I like how it's looking so far. Can't wait to see the update video of installation and operation.

Last time I checked it was going to be $20/month for unlimited hotspot(4G) (****EDIT: it is $25/month now****) access on my 2016 through GM. I have yet to add it yet because I have unlimited hotspot (3G) on through my cellphone provider and I just turn that on when my kids want to connect the ipods/ipad. Also if you let the XM trial expire they will send you deals all the time. I got my current XM deal (24 months) for $120 and they tossed in an echo dot.

Might have to wait for a while since I just paid for a 6.5" lift, wheels and tires but this type of upgrade is at the top of my list of 'wants'.

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Re: NEW: GEN3 Linkswell T-style 12.1" radio for GM Trucks

Postby wottenad [OP] » Apr 23 2019, 4:47pm

Here's the installation video on a 2019 Silverado Z-71 3500HD with Bose and factory 8" MyLink system (IO6):



Install was very straightforward and COMPLETELY plug and play. I didn't have to splice or cut a single wire, which means it is completely reversible. If you save your old radio, you'll be able to bolt it back in with no drama.

The hardest part of the install (if you can call it that) was wiring the steering wheel harness, and that was only semi difficult because I had to split the steering column cover. This was not a big deal, but some of them can be a little tedious to get apart.

Overall impressions are that they pretty much nailed this radio - it supported everything in the truck. Factory HVAC controls work perfectly, all USB ports are active, vehicle settings are there, OnStart, lighting, etc. On this unit, the rear sensor audio didn't work, but that will be fixed with a firmware update that (hopefully) will be here within a couple days.

I will be editing video today showing all the radio functions and will post.

Read more about the radio here: https://www.adcmobile.com/product/gen-iii-t-style-radio-for-gm-trucks/
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Re: NEW: GEN3 Linkswell T-style 12.1" radio for GM Trucks

Postby nealinator » Apr 23 2019, 6:39pm

Wow...this thing is pretty cool looking Walt. I am a bit surprised to see the move to an android based system...but having had one in mine for a while now...I really like the features. The size of this one and the fitment with the dash looks outstanding.
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Re: NEW: GEN3 Linkswell T-style 12.1" radio for GM Trucks

Postby wottenad [OP] » Apr 23 2019, 8:40pm

nealinator wrote:Wow...this thing is pretty cool looking Walt. I am a bit surprised to see the move to an android based system...but having had one in mine for a while now...I really like the features. The size of this one and the fitment with the dash looks outstanding.

I agree 1000%. I can't get over how the fit and finish here matches factory, and in fact, nobody that has seen this installed could tell that it was aftermarket before I told them.

I'm a pretty picky guy and am not shy about sharing my annoyances with the factory, but all I could do was congratulate the engineers on this, because it is so well done right out of the gate. Another thing that is a really amazing is the way they are supporting this radio: when I finished this install on Sunday, I shared with them that the rear sensor audio was dead, and they came back that it looks like there was a factory setting for that sound that should have been enabled before I took out the factory deck, as it was not turned on. There was NO WAY that I was going to pull this apart to re-enable that setting, so I told them that they would have to figure out how to make that option accessible in the radio. I got a new firmware this morning with the fix!!!

These guys are really receptive to feedback and are extremely committed to ironing out any bugs that may still be left in the system, but from my observations of the install in the '19 3500HD, it looks extremely solid and really well thought out. You can bet your a** that I will be sharing anything and everything we learn about this radio with the engineers as we move forward with it...
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Re: NEW: GEN3 Linkswell T-style 12.1" radio for GM Trucks

Postby nealinator » Apr 23 2019, 8:45pm

How is the touch screen response? Not sure if you mentioned that already...I did some scanning of the aforementioned info. (Probably would have read it more thoroughly if it fit my truck...haha)

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Re: NEW: GEN3 Linkswell T-style 12.1

Postby wottenad [OP] » Apr 24 2019, 1:34am

nealinator wrote:How is the touch screen response? Not sure if you mentioned that already...I did some scanning of the aforementioned info. (Probably would have read it more thoroughly if it fit my truck...haha)

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Touchscreen response it great! It's really accurate and very fast. The only thing that I found that even remotely slows it down is if you are trying to do multiple operations at once, one right after another. I think has to do with the fact that it only has 2GB of R** (I was suggesting at least 4GB, but I didn't get my way), but I only ran into that a couple of times when I was really trying to beat it up to see what it would do in worst-case scenario when I tried to bog it down, with almost every app open in the background. In normal use, I don't think you'd run into any issues at all.

The nice thing about the firmware fix we got today is that is now incorporates absolutely every vehicle function you can imagine (at least a dozen more than were available in the first firmware that was loaded at the factory) - there are some in there that I have never heard of - and it fixed the front and rear sensor audio problem as well as giving us a keypad for direct tuning on the radio. The guys at Linkswell listen and damn, do they respond!

Here's the first of the string of videos I'm posting showing all the operations - this covers the bootup, settings menus and HVAC controls:

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