Tesla Apple CarPlay Hack Gets Android 13, iOS USB Tethering, Lossless Audio and More

Photo: Tesla Android (via Michael Gapiński)

Want Apple CarPlay in your Tesla? A workaround called Tesla Android has been updated to version 2023.4.1, adding Android 13, H264 hardware acceleration, support for DRM and lossless audio and USB tethering for iOS, and more, according to developer and creator @Michael Gapiński.

Coder for the project Michael Gapiński shared the update with Tesla North, which also includes features like improvements to the Flutter App’s performance and CarPlay running on the required Raspberry Pi 4 hardware.

A full list of new Tesla Android features on version 2023.4.1 can be seen below:

  • Android 13, improving app stability and interface for future platform updates
  • H264 hardware acceleration, allowing playback of specific files with minimal artifacts
  • Stability improvements to virtual display
  • Stability improvements to input data on the touchscreen
  • Stability improvements to Audio Capture
  • Added support for stereo PCM 48kHz, or lossless audio
  • Support for volume control in Android Settings app
  • Stability improvements to Flutter App
  • USB tethering for iOS, letting users share internet from iPhone and other iOS devices
  • LTE modem connectivity improvements, adding support for some Alcatel and Huawei devices

“I am pleasantly surprised that the Intel MCU can keep up with it most of the time, I am doing 0 buffering on the frontend,” said Gapinski, referring to lossless audio support on the older CPUs on Tesla vehicles.

Tesla Android added the use of widgets to the app last year, making it easier to view your car’s status from the app on Android mobile.

Access to Live Camera with Sentry Mode was also added for Android users last year, letting users view their car cameras’ views from the smartphone.