2015 - Day 1

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60 | 2015 INTERNATIONAL CES DAILY | JANUARY 6-9, 2015 BY JOSEPH PALENCHAR M ore in-dash multimedia head units are turning into in-dash smartphone con- trollers that use the mobile devices as sources of audio, turn-by-turn navigation, and Cloud-based services. Here at International CES, for example, Ken- wood is launching what could be the aftermarket's f rst two multimedia head units incorporating both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Companies such as Kenwood, Dual and Clarion are expanding their assortments of in-dash units with HDMI connections to Android and Apple phones, and Voxx's Jensen brand is adding its f rst two HDMI models. When an Apple or Android phone is connect- ed to a head unit's HDMI port, the head unit's larg- er display mirrors the phone's display. If the head unit is equipped with Bluetooth HID (human in- terface dev ice), the head 's touch- screen controls all apps on connect- ed Android. With HDMI-connected iPhones, in-dash touchscreens con- trol select apps via Bluetooth's serial port prof le (SPP). Depending on the implementation, the display and con- trol of all or selected apps is restricted when the car is in motion. With Android Auto and CarPlay, users connect their smartphone via USB to their head unit, whose touchscreens display a driver-friendly UI that lets consumers, while driving, view and control select apps, including a phone's music-library app, navi- gation apps, and select music-streaming apps. Here at CES, dealers will also find more head units incorporating Android Open Accessor y (AOA), enabling head-unit control of music stored on USB-connected Android 4.1 and later phones while charging them. Music can be selected by art- ist, album and song title, and genre like USB-con- nected iPods/iPhones. Here's a look at what's on display: CAR ELECTRONICS Clarion: The company is displaying its f rst two multimedia head units with HDMI to mirror the displays of game players and smartphones, and it is unveiling two Smart Access head units, which re- place the current two models. The Smart Access heads are the NX605 and FX503. Their touchscreens control, and display the content and GUI of, select compatible third-party and Clarion-provided apps running on iPhones and Android phones connected via HDMI. All apps are optimized for in-vehicle use, and most apps ac- cess Cloud-based services. The Smart Access heads also control and display a phone's music library, contacts and calendar. Touchscreen control of Android apps is accom- plished through Bluetooth HID and for Apple phones via Apple's IAP protocol over USB. Two other new double-DIN head units are dou- ble-DIN NX405 navigation/multimedia head and multimedia VX405, both with HDMI input to mirror the dis- plays of HDMI-connected An- droid and Apple phones. They're also Clarion's first head units with Siri Eyes Free. The company is maintain- ing its selection of MirrorLink- equipped heads at two. MirrorLink is an indus- try-standard technology that enables OEM and aftermarket head-unit touchscreens to control se- lect apps on, and stream content from, MirrorLink- compatible smartphones. Samsung, Sony, HTC, LG, and Nokia offer MirrorLink-compatible smart- phones. Dual Electronics: An expanded selection of Dual-brand multimedia head units includes the brand's f rst model with two-way DualMirror tech- nology. Two-way DualMirror technology enables touchscreen control of all apps running on MHL- and HDMI-equipped Android phones connected to the head unit's HDMI port. Touchscreen control is enabled via Bluetooth HID. Three other new HDMI-equipped multimedia head units feature one-way DualMirror technolo- gy to mirror the displays of Android phones and iPhones without touchscreen control. Jensen: The Voxx Electronics brand's f rst two head units with HDMI/MHL port mirror the dis- plays of HDMI-connected Android and Apple smartphones and provide touchscreen control. The two in-dash multimedia/navigation receiv- ers are priced at a suggested $399 and ship in mid- April. They are the single-DIN VX7012, which fea- tures 7-inch motorized touchscreen that slides out of the dash, and the double-DIN VX7022 with f xed 6.2-inch screen. JVC: The brand is adding Android Auto Mode to head units for the f rst time, expanding its selection of heads with Android Audio Mode, and maintain- ing the number of HDMI-equipped multimedia re- ceivers with smartphone-app control at two. Android Audio Mode expands to all new head units, enabling Android 4.1 OS phones and up to stream phone-stored and Cloud-streamed music through a USB cable. The phone also charges. All new CD and DMR heads are the brand's f rst with Android Auto Mode, which with a free JVC app lets the heads search for music on Android 4.1+ phones by artist, album and song title, and genre. Kenwood: Most details of the two CarPlay/An- droid Auto head units were not available. One mode is in the mainstream Kenwood series, and the oth- er is in the step-up eXcelon series. Both models are top-end multimedia receivers without navigation but with 7-inch touchscreens and HDMI inputs. Separately, Kenwood is bringing AOA to all Ex- celon- and Kenwood-series CD receivers. In-Dash Head Units Morph Into Smartphone Controllers JVC's top-end KW-V51BT multimedia receiver FIND THEM HERE Clarion WESTGATE CONFERENCE ROOM S 11-14 Dual BOOTH 2318 JVC BOOTH 1711 Kenwood BOOTH 1702 Voxx Electronics BOOTHS 10406, 10417 KENWOOD'S MULTIMEDIA HEAD UNITS COULD BE THE AFTERMARKET'S FIRST INCORPORATING BOTH APPLE CARPLAY AND ANDROID AUTO. CESWEB.ORG #CES2015

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