HTC began heavily pushing quality audio when it partnered with Beats by Dre. Now it wants to create a “completely new car experience,” it announced this week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The quote comes from the Boy Genius Report.
First, HTC is offering an optional wireless “Car Stereo Clip” as an accessory that will play music from more than 50,000 Internet Radio stations through the car speakers. Or you can play music from any service or app on your phone through the car speakers.
An HTC spokesperson said the car stereo clip plugs into any car radio with an audio-in jack. Or it can connect to the radio via Bluetooth. “It works in conjunction with a car mount that will charge your phone and automatically put it in “car mode” which allows you to “fat finger” through several menu screens of features most used while driving.”
The car stereo clip is available for HTC’s new “One” series phones including the One X due in a U.S. version this spring from AT&T. The phone embeds plenty of access to music. According to the Boy Genius Report, it will wirelessly sync to iTunes and it provides Pandora, Spotify and TuneIn buil- in to the user interface.
The music is also processed through Beats Audio processing in the phone.
The HTC One X for the U.S. is a 4G LTE device with a dual core Snapdragon S4 processor and a 4.7 inch 720p HD screen. There’s also a One S version due from T-Mobile in the U.S. with a smaller screen at 4.3 inches. Pricing has not been announced.