Android Auto doesn’t often show up in the slew of Android news we regularly digest. That’s a pity, because it is neat technology, especially if you spend a lot of time in your car. Fortunately, Kenwood (known for making multimedia consoles for the car) has shown at CES 2016 that it’s all in for smartphone support and Android Auto.
The new top-end car receiver that Kenwood is boasting is the eXcelon DNX893S. It brings all the bells and whistles you’d want from a multimedia receiver today, and yes, Android Auto.
So why should you drop the dough and jump in? Kenwood claims that it has “redesigned this unit inside and out”. It has a 7″ capacitive touch screen and a dual-core processor for speed and a pack of features.
[blockquote author=”Kenwood”]The double-DIN, touch friendly unit is the company’s most complete entertainment and information center to date, receiving a completely new processing infrastructure, enhanced smartphone integration, improved safety features and support for high-resolution audio.[/blockquote]
Via the Android Auto interface, users have access to navigation, streaming, messaging, and voice control. There are two USB ports, thoughtfully with fast charging.
The built-in apps interface with the corresponding smartphone apps, letting the user access and control services like Spotify and Pandora (communicated through Bluetooth). What’s more, the DNX893S has MHL support over HDMI. This means that you can mirror your phone’s screen on the receiver’s larger display and control your features that way.
Audiophiles should also be satisfied with the DNX893S. The receiver supports high-resolution audio playback, with the ability to decode 192KHz and 24-bit FLAC (lossless audio). HD Radio is on-board as well.
Check out Kenwood’s press release on the link below for more details. If you spend a great deal of time commuting, it should definitely be a consideration.