By Anu Passary | Dec 17, 2012 10:39 AM EST
Android has taken over the hearts of millions of smartphones and tablet users and now an Android-based car infotainment system Dashlinq from Ca-Fi promises to keep drivers and co-passengers entertained.
The Dashlinq infotainment system has a 6.95-inch multi-touch screen with 800 x 480 pixels resolution. The system also has a dedicated media DSP, GPS navigation, a SD card slot, and a USB port for local content usage and internet access through 3G or WiFi.
The device is powered by Android 2.3 Froyo. Ca-Fi expects the Dashlinq to arrive in January 2013 and will have a price tag of €499 ($657).
"Same as Ca-Fi's predecessor systems, the Dashlinq line is headed by a 2Din universal system, but it comes with a larger 6.95 inch multi touch screen and enables zoom in maps and enlarges pictures and text only by spreading the fingers on the screen. True to the motto 'less is more' Ca-Fi made another cosmetic change by reducing the control buttons. Beside the 'eject' button for the optical drive, Ca-Fi is following the standards of Android devices, with 'home', 'menu', 'back, 'volume' and the 'power' button. In addition to that, a full support of the steering wheel control keys keeps the usual comfort for the drivers," says the official Ca-Fi Dashlinq Web page.
The company claims that the system is the only Android-based car stereo system in its class. The entertainment system is powered by an extra digital signal processor (DSP) for an optimal sound and video experience. Additional monitors and cameras can be fitted with the help of extra ports, which is located at the back of the system.
The use of Android in car entertainment system can take the car accessories industry to a different level. Drivers and co-passengers will have access to a variety of entertainment similar to smartphones and tablets.
We will have to wait and see what other technological developments are made with the help of Android in the car entertainment segment.