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Kenwood offers Android integration on 2012 In-Dash Receivers

Kenwood Car Stereos with Android Integration

At the 2012 CES show in Las Vegas Nevada, Kenwood released many new in-dash receivers with cutting edge technology. The feature that caused the largest buzz at the show that the Android integration with the in-dash receivers. Almost all of the Kenwood’s new line of CD players and media receivers feature Android compatibility.

Kenwood Music Control App for Android Phones

To get the Android integration started off, the user will need to download and install the Kenwood Music Control app on their smartphone. This app is available in the Android marketplace. This app will enable iPod-like browsing of music files and content playback. Those that use their Android device as their primary music player will be excited to hear about this streamlined compatibility.

Pandora Internet Radio for Android, iPhone, and Blackberry

Many of the new 2012 Kenwood receivers will feature Pandora Internet Radio integration. This will allow Pandora to play through the car speakers and the interface (thumbs up, thumbs down, skip track, etc) to be controlled through the car stereo. This technology has been available in the past for iPhones, but now this same user experience is passed on to those with Android phones and Blackberrys.
Kenwood is looking to have a strong line up of car stereos, multimedia receivers, in-dash GPS units, and digital media receivers for 2012. Stay tuned for more information about the 2012 Kenwood line-up!


Exciting New Car Stereo Technologies from 2010

Pioneer AVIC-X920BT

Media is a big part of everyone’s life. Car Stereo manufacturers are constantly looking for the best way to blend the rest of your media along with your in-dash receiver, which at times can be a tough task. With so many different methods of media storage and different preferences, manufacturers are certainly challenged every day to think of creative solutions so we can enjoy our in-dash car stereos even more. In 2010, some awesome features were ground-breaking enough for recognition as some of the best technologies introduced in 2010 for the car stereo.

Listening to radio is great, but what about Internet Radio that reworks the way we truly think of radio? Pandora is an internet radio service that plays music of any genre based on your genre taste, other artists, and feedback from the user. These self-tailored radio’s are a great way to ensure the music in your car is kept fresh and keeps your guessing, and will constantly play something that you would personally like. Pioneer and Alpine recognized this awesome service would be perfect for a car stereo environment and integrated a Pandora Link from an iPhone to allow you to playback your favorite Internet Radio station. This re-enhanced playback sounds better than streaming directly through the Auxiliary jack as it enhances the music specifically for Pandora, allowing for stunning clarity, and a user-friendly interface right on your stereo.

Another fascinating technology would be EcoRouting. This has been integrated into many Garmin GPS Devices, Kenwood In-Dash GPS Units, and Pioneer In-Dash GPS Units. This clever feature was released to help you, the driver, drive more economically sound and stable. EcoRouting monitors how quickly you’re accelerating and braking to see if you’re stop-and-go driving too sporadically. It also will occasionally update you with how economically sound your driving is, and lets you know if there is room for improvement (There usually is, believe it or not).

Another exciting car stereo technology was assistance with playlists. Car Stereos by Sony that have the SensMe feature can now have their car stereo create iPod playlists for them. This actually breaks down each song in your library based on the musical progression, and will categorize them by different moods. Pioneer’s MusicSphere technology is similar in this aspect and will also play music based on your mood! This Holiday Season find yourself a stereo with one of these breakthroughs to truly experience the diverse media that 2010 allowed us to take advantage of, right from your car!


Pandora: The Perfect Addition to your Car Audio System

Alpine iDA-X305s

By Chelsey P. – Product Specialist

iPods and MP3 Players have become essential to everyday life because they allow you to listen to all your favorite music in one spot. This may be great for most of us, but what if you don’t know the name of a song you are listening to? Have you have wished you could just listen to a variety of music in a genre that interests you? Well, the car audio business has introduced Pandora in their new 2010 car receivers. This has been a music streaming service that would allow you to create your own stations with the type of music you love listening to the most. In the beginning, this service was introduced mainly to stream music from the internet to listen to on your home or work computer. New innovations in consumer electronics these days have led to the ability of Pandora streaming through your car stereo.

At Sonic Electronix, we were on the lookout for a company to include Pandora in their new multi-media receivers. A company that has done just that is Alpine with the world’s first head unit with Pandora control. The iDA-X305s is a single-DIN stereo with a 2.2” screen for displaying song, album and artist information. The main focus of this particular receiver is that it features Pandora as its main headline. For you all of you that have used Pandora in the past know the great advantages to having in it. In order to experience all Pandora has to offer, you will need to be an iPhone user. The iPhone, with the downloaded Pandora app, will be connected via the USB input. The stereo controls work just like the Pandora command center. It even allows you to give a song you like a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down.” This unique head unit will let you pause current song selections and even tag it to purchase later on iTunes. By utilizing the iPhone’s 3G connection, you will have in-car internet radio wherever you go. This will make your vehicle different from all the rest since not everyone will be able to join in the Pandora party.