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GCS Apex Android V1.5 Head Unit w/ GPS - 15+ WRX / 15+ STI / 17+ Forester

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The power of the Android operating system can be at your fingertips inside your vehicle. This OEM look solution brings features such as Google Maps navigation to your 2015+ WRX / STI.

Processor: Rockchip PX3 Cortex A9 Quad-core
Memory: 2GB RAM, 16GB flash

NOTE: For Harmon Kardon equipped vehicles, please read the note in the main description.

NOTE 2: Returns on this item will not be taken for broken screens once they are installed. Please contact us if you have damaged your screen. Check the contents of your package immediately upon receiving and document any issues by taking pictures. Only use a proper pry tool to remove the unit after install. Do not apply pressure to the bezel directly behind the screen area.

AC vents, AC controls, and multi function display (MFD) switch are not included. Most items transfer over from stock. Please see additional notes in description.

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NOTE: We recommend installation by a trained professional for this stereo. To increase the size of the screen, they have integrated the design into the bezel. Flexing the bezel can cause damage to the screen. Accidentally wedging wires between the bezel and screen can place strain on the screen as well which can result in screen bleeding or in worse scenarios can crack the screen.

It is imperative that the supplied brackets are installed to support the weight of the unit. The unit rests on these mounts.

GCS Apex Android Stereo Version 1.5

UPDATED: If you are familiar with the GCS APEX Android head unit, you'll be happy to know that there's been an updated. To keep current with the demands of the Android operating system, not only does this new device have version 7.1.2 (Nougat). The RAM has been increased from Version 1.

This head unit has a factory look and all the power that the Android operating system has to offer. Enable a Wi-Fi hotspot on your phone to provide Internet access and this system can provide Google Maps navigation (GPS antenna included). You can play your favorite songs from Pandora, Spotify, iHeart, etc as well.

You can also use popular programs such as Torque to increase your ability to monitor your vehicle. Our OLM OBDII bluetooth dongle is fully compatible.

NOTE: Harmon Kardon equipped vehicles may have distortion issues / operating issues if not modifications to the inputs are done. This is because the amplifier needs an un-amplified input. This input can be achieved through modifying the RCA outputs on the unit to speaker wire, but this is not officially supported by the manufacturer. You will also need to run the amp power wire run from the new unit to trigger the amplifier. HOWEVER for those installing aftermarket amplifiers and subwoofers to the vehicle at the same time, these issues DO NOT apply. One can also bypass the HK amp and wire the speakers directly to the Apex headunit. Please see the FAQ section for additional details.

Comes with 1 of 2 harnesses. The 20 pin radio harness is a direct fit for 2015 WRXs originally equipped with a standard radio. Other vehicles may require the 28 pin connector.

Steering Wheel Controls

Volume controls are programmable to the unit without the purchase of additional items.

Radio / Bluetooth / Wi-Fi

This radio supports all AM and FM stations in the United States. Built in Bluetooth support allows for audio streaming, phone connection for calls, and connection to other bluetooth devices. Integrated Wi-Fi allows the head unit to have Internet access for the Google Play store, Internet browser, e-mail, and other Android applications.

Navigation

Included is a GPS receiver. Google Maps is a great navigation application and powerful tool. To use this, you must have a data connection or download offline maps. Sygic GPS Navigation & Maps is available for free in the Google Play Store and uses TomTom maps. It is not completely dependent on an Internet connection and can be used offline.


Screen Mirroring

Supports screen mirroring via the EasyConnect app. View the same content as what is on your phone. Android USB / WiFi and iOS WiFi compatible.


Specifications

Screen: 1024x600 pixel (NOTE: The normal viewing distance for this device makes this resolution more than adequate.), capacitive multi touch
Android Operating System Version: 7.1.2
Processor: Rockchip PX3 Cortex A9 Quad-core
Memory: 2GB RAM, 16GB flash (external 32GB supported)
Stereo Power: 4x50W
Bluetooth Version: 4.0


Harnesses

As of 12/19/2017, this unit ships with both 20 and 28 pin harnesses.

Standard Harness (20 pin)

2015 WRX Non Navigation

This head unit comes with a harness that plugs in to the 2015 WRX non navigation head unit (Clarion). It can be spliced into later models as well using various pin out diagrams.

28 Pin Harness (28 pin + 10 pin + 6 pin)

2015 WRX / STI Navigation and 2016+ WRX / STI

This harness is better suited for early vehicle models with navigation and all 2016+ models. We call this the B harness. If you have a vehicle that falls into this category, we highly recommend this harness.

NOTE: 2017 WRX 7" base radio units and some other stereos will require additional wiring for the front speakers. Please see "additional" tab for more information.


Stereo Front - Diagram


Stereo Rear - Diagram


NOTE: The steering wheel controls wires (SWC) are Key 1, Key 2, and ground. They are beside each other and the controls can be mapped using a pre-installed application on the unit.


Installation Video

This video is a helpful guide to the basics of Apex Android head unit installation. Installs can differ between models, model years, and original equipment.

AC Vents and Accessories

These items are not required in all installations. Some will simplify your install and others will enhance the capabilities of your unit.

Vents

We have confirmed that 2015 AC vents do not work with the unit. For those who have a 2015 model, please purchase the appropriate AC vents to ensure proper fit. AC vents are NOT included.

Hazard switch, multi function display (MFD) switch, and AC controls are NOT included and transfer over from the original radio bezel.

USB Plug Adapters

This item can come in handy if you want to retain your stock USB ports. This simple adapter is a plug and play solution. Keeping your installs clean is now easier than ever.

Converts the OEM plug into a standard USB plug which can be plugged into this stereo's wires. Please be aware that different model years use different plugs.

Metra 12 Volt to 6 Volt Converter for Stock Rearview Camera Retention

NOTE: If your vehicle displays your backup camera through the MFC (multi function display) instead of the radio like most 2015 WRXs, you do not need this.

This harness comes in handy for vehicles that have backup cameras which require 6v instead of 12v to run.

*Please read / download the instructions for specific details regarding this harness.

RCA Quick Connect Pig Tail Harness for Factory Camera Input

We are offering this quick connect for customers who need to display their backup camera through the head unit. Instead of splicing the supplied CAM in harness (a messy process), you can t-tap this harness into your factory harness. It connects to the positive and ground RCA stock backup camera signal wires. Then plug the adapter into the CAM in harness.

NOTE: This product is only to make install easier and is NOT required when your factory camera displays through your multi function display. The wire with the white line is positive and the unmarked one is negative.

10 Pack of T-Taps (Male / Female)

For quick connections that can be removed in the future, these T-taps work very well. Comes with 10 male pieces and 10 female pieces.

RCA to Speaker Wire Quick Connectors (for Harman Kardon Equipped Vehicles)

To prevent distortion with the HK system, you must provide line level outputs to the amplifier. Normal speaker connections can easily cause distortion. These quick connectors come a set of four to provide connections for the front left, front right, rear left, and rear right. Simply plug these into the head unit's RCA outputs and then connect the wires leading to the HK amp to them. Please read more about HK systems in the FAQ section below.

OLM OBD II Bluetooth Adapter

While tracking a vehicle and/or modifying it, you will find it more important to monitor your systems. While there are gauges on the market to provide feedback, sometimes you can't track it all at the same time or log it.

With this product and a program such as Torque for Android, you can harness the power of your vehicle's on board sensors to provide you accurate, real time data. OLM's OBDII Bluetooth Adapter utilizes the ELM327 microcontroller for translating the on board diagnostics interface found on most modern vehicles.

This device when paired with proper software can also read diagnostic trouble codes and clear them. Please be aware that if a problem persists, the code will most likely come back.

Some of the functions you can monitor with the proper software are:

  • Engine RPM
  • Calculated Load Value
  • Coolant Temperature
  • Fuel System Status
  • Vehicle Speed
  • Short Term Fuel Trim
  • Long Term Fuel Trim
  • Intake Manifold Pressure

  • Timing Advance
  • Intake Air Temperature
  • Air Flow Rate
  • Absolute Throttle Position
  • Oxygen sensor voltages/associated short term fuel trims
  • Fuel System status
  • Fuel Pressure
  • Many others...

Note: PC and Android compatible. Android device not included. Not all software will be able to monitor all systems. This hardware does require the use of free and commercially available software.

See the dedicated OBD II adapter page here.


PAC Line Driver for Aftermarket Amplifiers

Some head units output voltage is lower than what is required by various amplifiers. In that case you can use the PAC Adjustable Line Driver. Each LD-10 covers 2 channels.

10X line level signal booster, increases the RCA signal of a device such as a satellite tuner or DVD player. Dual gain adjustments make it perfect for matching source levels.

  • S/N ratio of 96 db for high quality sound
  • Average draw is less than 15 milliamps
  • Adjustable gain controls 0.1 dB - 15 dB

See the PAC LD-10 product page here.


SubiSpeed Recommendations

The section below are items we recommend for known configurations. If you have the Harman Kardon amplifier, please see additional information in the FAQ section.

  • GCS APEX 20 PIN RADIO WIRING HARNESS
  • SUBARU 2016 WRX AC VENTS
  • METRA USB ADAPTER TO RETAIN STOCK USB PORTS - 15 WRX / 15 STI / 14-15 FORESTER / 13-14 CROSSTREK

These models will use the MFD (multi function display) for the reverse camera. This is the gauge mounted no top of the dash.

  • SUBARU 2016 WRX AC VENTS
  • GCS APEX 28 PIN RADIO WIRING HARNESS
  • METRA USB ADAPTER TO RETAIN STOCK USB PORTS - 15 WRX / 15 STI / 14-15 FORESTER / 13-14 CROSSTREK

These models will use the MFD (multi function display) for the reverse camera. This is the gauge mounted no top of the dash.

Harmon Kardon Equipped Vehicles

It is recommended that you add:

  • RCA TO SPEAKER WIRE QUICK CONNECTORS (FOR HK EQUIPPED VEHICLES)

You will also need to use the Remote Amp wire to turn on the amplifier (provide 12v signal).

  • GCS APEX 28 PIN RADIO WIRING HARNESS
  • METRA USB ADAPTER TO RETAIN STOCK USB PORTS - 16+ WRX / 16+ STI / 16+ FORESTER / 15+ CROSSTREK
  • METRA 12 VOLT TO 6 VOLT CONVERTER FOR STOCK REARVIEW CAMERA RETENTION - UNIVERSAL
  • RCA MALE PIGTAIL
  • 10 PACK OF T-TAPS, 18-14 GAUGE, MALE AND FEMALE

These models will use the head unit to display the reverse camera. The 12v to 6v converter is necessary and the RCA mail pigtail is actually optional. However, if you do not want to splice the supplied CAM IN harness, you can purchase this pigtail plug.

Harmon Kardon Equipped Vehicles

It is recommended that you add:

  • RCA TO SPEAKER WIRE QUICK CONNECTORS (FOR HK EQUIPPED VEHICLES)

You will also need to use the Remote Amp wire to turn on the amplifier (provide 12v signal).

  • GCS APEX 28 PIN RADIO WIRING HARNESS
  • METRA USB ADAPTER TO RETAIN STOCK USB PORTS - 16+ WRX / 16+ STI / 16+ FORESTER / 15+ CROSSTREK
  • METRA 12 VOLT TO 6 VOLT CONVERTER FOR STOCK REARVIEW CAMERA RETENTION - UNIVERSAL
  • RCA MALE PIGTAIL
  • 10 PACK OF T-TAPS, 18-14 GAUGE, MALE AND FEMALE

These models will use the head unit to display the reverse camera. The 12v to 6v converter is necessary and the RCA mail pigtail is actually optional. However, if you do not want to splice the supplied CAM IN harness, you can purchase this pigtail plug.

More application recommendations to come. Please contact customer service for now.


FAQ

You may be able to use some of the information below to get your stock reverse camera to display on the unit IF it did not display in the factory MFD (mutli-function display). PDF files are also available for download below.

There is actually a very good NASIOC thread concerning 2016+ models (standard OEM stereos):

General Thread:

Click here.

28 Pin / Camera Pinout Information 1

Click here.

Camera Pinout Information 2

Click here.

Excerpt with additional notes:

The blue arrows point towards power connections. The red arrows point to the video signal (RCA).

When using the Metra 12v to 6v converter you would:

  • Connect Metra black wire to gray/white (pin 20 on this diagram)
  • Connect Metra blue/white to brown/yellow (pin 2 in this diagram)
  • Connect Metra blue/red to white (pin 11 in this diagram)
  • The gray/white (pin 20) wire is also the ground for video signal from the reverse camera. Connect to the ground wire of the CAM IN harness (supplied with the head unit).
  • The positive video signal is supplied by the red wire (pin 12 in this diagram). Connect to the positive wire of the CAM in harness (supplied with the head unit)

2016 WRX / STI Owners with 7" Screens - download PDF.
2018 WRX / STI Owners with 7.2" Screens - download PDF
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The MFD displays this message because it knows something isn't functioning properly as far as the stock radio goes. Disconnecting your battery for 10 to 15 minutes can reset this.

If you have the Starlink module, you can remove it from your stock radio and plug it back in with your new setup.

Chances are you have an antenna booster that needs power. We recommend using the blue "auto antenna control" wire in the B1 connector to power it. If you cannot locate the factory wire to power the booster by the antenna cable, it may on pin 8 of the 10 pin power/speaker harness (28 pin setups) or pin 9 (20 pin setups). Look for a blue / white wire.

Some have experienced a situation where their AM/FM radio scans on its own.

Please use the following steps:

  • Go to settings > factory setting (password is 126) > radio > change from America 2 to America 1
  • Apply > exit > restart

If you are equipped with the Harman Kardon system, you will need to use the AMP CON wire (supplied with new unit) to turn on the amplifier. You will also need to convert the RCA plugs to speaker inputs. For a quick connection we recommend purchasing the RCA to Speaker Wire Quick Connectors. These come in a set of four and connect to the RCA jacks that are supplied with the new unit. They are for the front left, front right, rear left, and rear right connections. This allows you to provide line level outputs (unamplified) and prevent distortion.

The WRX, STi, and Forester, the +12V amp remote turn-on signal needs to go into pin #5 on the car's 16-pin aux harness. On models with the OEM Fujitsu Ten navigation, the h/k amp remote trigger is pin #9 on the 10-pin portion of the HU's power/speaker harness.

2016 WRX / STI - Look for a yellow wire with red stripe. It will be in pin 3 of this connector:

If your amplifier is not coming on, attach the +12V amp remote turn-on here.


This Part Fits

  • 2015-2019 STI GCS Apex Android V1.5 Head Unit w/ GPS
  • 2015-2019 WRX GCS Apex Android V1.5 Head Unit w/ GPS
  • 2017-2018 Forester GCS Apex Android V1.5 Head Unit w/ GPS

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Installation Instructions No
Additional Warranty Information 6 month mfg limited warranty.

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