The major talking points at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show were the use of Android in televisions, among other things. However, the extent to which the operating software is expanding on gadgets is pretty extraordinary. The latest comes in the form of the OS being used on a car’s double-DIN audio system as well as a rear-view mirror as per a report by Engadget.
Now Android on rear-view mirrors
The website states that though these technologies are prototypes, they are close to completion on the stereo system running Android 2.2 aka Froyo. While the Android interface on the double-DIN audio system is close to completion, they are also experimenting with putting Android on a rear-view mirror. However, they state that they have put it on the mirror merely as a learning experience, for the time being. But, by 2013, they hope to have a finalized mirror with a simplified interface that is appropriate for drivers.
In a related report by Androidspin, speaking on the Rydeen DV621 Android powered audio system, Marcos Duran, Product Director at Rydeen said, “We have looked at many head units that try to mimic the ‘touch and swipe’ user experience of today’s smartphones and tablets, only to fall short due to poor processing power and other drawbacks. Still others have endeavored to recreate the icon-based interface using a connection to the smartphone. We’ve decided to remove these natural roadblocks and give users the exact experience, by turning the head unit into an Android device.”
Here is a quick glance at the specifications of the Rydeen DV621
- Android 2.2 Froyo
- 6.2-inch WVGA TFT touchscreen with a resolution of 800 x 480
- 1GHz processor
- In-built 4-channel amplifier, 45W per channel
- RCA audio connectors
- Dedicated subwoofer output
Though this is a prototype as of now, we are sure to see more of this in the coming few years. Do let us know your reactions on Android in cars in the comments below.
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