CableJive introduced late last month, a new adapter called the dockBoss+ that converts an iPod dock for the car (or home or portable device) into one that will work with an Android or BlackBerry phone and other portables.
Until now, Android phone users who wanted to hook up their device to the car radio could use an aux-in cable to play music through the car stereo, but there was no charging capability so the phone was often drained by the time you left the car.
The dockBoss+ charges the phone and plays music through the car’s speakers when used with an iPod car dock.
Some car radios also permit you to control music on your Android/BlackBerry from the radio for simple track up/down when used with dockBoss+, said CableJive. Only Volkswagen car radios do not work with the $30 adapter.
dockBoss+ (note the plus sign…it’s not to be confused with the standard dockBoss) has a microUSB and headphone jack cable that plugs into the phone or MP3 player. On the other end is a female 30-pin dock connector that plugs into the iPod/iPhone dock.
“We provide the charging connection, the data connection and audio,” said Zack Lombard, a CableJive manager, confirming to CEoutlook the capability of the device in the car.
The dockBoss+ may be purchased from the CableJive web site at http://www.cablejive.com/. Lombard said the company may sell the product through retailers in the future, “if those avenues open up.”