New Android-Based Car Radio

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Ca-Fi the China-based maker of one of the first aftermarket Android car radios (that actually runs the Android OS)  will soon ship a new model with a larger screen.

The new top-of-the-line Dashlinq double DIN model has a 6.9 inch multi-touch screen with pinch and zoom.  This is a small step up in screen size  from its original 6.2-inch model.

The unit is fully loaded and runs Android version 2.3.4. It offers optional 3G or WiFi.  It has steering wheel control support as well as Bluetooth audio streaming and hands free calling;  navigation, and digital sound processing.

This new model also has fewer buttons, using the standard buttons found on Android devices including ‘home’, ‘menu,’ ‘back,’ ‘volume’ and the ‘power’ button; but in this case it also adds an “eject” button.

Users also get dual zone support and an SD card slot.

Unlike the original Ca-Fi, it does not appear to offer OBD II port support.

The Dashlinq ships in January at a retail price of 499 euros  (or about 657 US dollars).

Parrot is shipping next month (after a delay),  a double DIN Android based radio introduced first shown at CES last January.  The Asteroid Smart has a 6.2 inch multi-touch screen at $599.

Source: Ca-Fi via Engadget


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