For everybody who's waited with bated breath for the widespread arrival of MirrorLink, take heed because the smartphone / car stereo integration technology is about to make a significant splash in the first half of this year.
Those who would love to bring their smartphone media experience right into their cars are in for a treat this CES 2014 . Sony has just unveiled a few new devices that will integrate your smartphone into your car, ranging from CD receivers to AV receivers to a brand new smartphone cradle receiver.
CES isn't what it used to be. That's a mantra we've heard year after year. With major players like Google, Apple and Microsoft choosing to throw their own lavish product launches and specialized events likeMobile World Congressvying for our attention, it's hard to argue that things haven't changed.
It's time for a rundown of all the best in HD news from CES this week and it's a heckuva long list. Ben Drawbaugh joins Richard Lawler to hash it out and discuss whether 4K has matured enough to settle in for the long haul.
Early on Nintendo hit a home run with the original Wii game console. The console sold huge numbers and many gamers waited in line for hours to get their hands on Nintendo’s latest console. After early success, demand for the Nintendo Wii slowed significantly.Eventually the Nintendo Wii was replaced by the Nintendo Wii U game console, which has failed to capture much in the way of sales.
The HD news heap has reached a toppling point, so Ben and Richard get to work sifting through all the insanity from the past week. One of the major talking points is thestreaming bottleneckof Netflix's content on various service providers. This prompts Ben to provide an overview of the labyrinthine inner workings of the internet, a tall task for anyone to attempt.
This year for Mobile World Congress was a rebirth of sorts, owing largely to the restructuring of Samsung’s release schedule, Sony’s continued success with their Z series, Nokia’s push of Android, and the next big wave of wearables. We’ve also seen brands like Lenovo and HTC push hard with devices that aren’t aimed directly at the top tier.
Sony has announced that it is now working with TomTom to add maps and navigation capability to its Sony AV Center in-dash infotainment system. The system can now offer TomTom turn-by-turn navigation along with features such as IQ Routes for the quickest routes and accurate arrival times.The TomTom app for the Sony AV Center includes maps of the US or Western Europe depending on location.
Mercedes has walked through its Apple CarPlay integration, as well as committing to support Android integration whenever Google deems fit to release it, while working on its own system for Android users in the meantime. The new video, showing how your iPhone hooks up to your shiny new Mercedes-Benz and pushes the driver-friendly CarPlay interface to the dashboard display, comes alongside a renewed commitment by the German marque to support multiple standards, including Google's work-in-progress and MirrorLink. Official Android support will be offered "as soon as Google brings its own in-car infotainment system to market" the company says.
CES 2014 is only just officially beginning, but the show has already been an eventful one for us. To select finalists for theBest of CES Awards, Engadget's senior editors have been pounding the pavement at the Las Vegas Convention Center to find top contenders for the 13 categories in the running, from best mobile devices to the coolest maker-friendly technology.
Last year, Sony finally reached the end of the alphabet with itsXperia Z. It wasn't just that the company ran out of letters, though: With the Xperia Z, we saw Sony streamline itsscatteredphonestrategy, piping all its attention into a single high-end device. Then, it followed up with theZ1, which brought a massive 20.7-megapixel camera.
Samsung's device lineup may still be heavily dominated by Android, but change is in the air.Tizen, the open-source OS it jointly develops with Intel, powers the company'sthree new Gear wearables, and smartphones are coming later this year. We got the chance to play with Samsung's latest Tizen phone prototype, which runs a customized build (version 2.2.
AtQualcomm'sCES press event, CEO-electSteve Mollenkopftook the stage to share his optimistic -- and perhaps a slightly surprising -- vision of 2014. The exec believes that as OSes are becoming more robust and feature-rich, phone makers like Nokia, Samsung, LG and Sony will make a second coming in the tablet market.
Anybody with an older car can relate to this: You have a smartphone with all the latest Bluetooth connectivity, but your car stereo is still oh so 90s with its cassette and maybe CD player. No USB. No AUX port. Certainly no Bluetooth… until now. Ion has made it possible for any Bluetooth-enabled device to connect wirelessly to any car audio system via its new Cassette Adapter Bluetooth .
“The sheer volume and strong growth attest to the smartphone’s continued popularity in 2013. Total smartphone shipments reached 494.4 million units worldwide in 2011, and doubling that volume in just two years demonstrates strong end-user demand and vendor strategies to highlight smartphones,” wrote Ramon Llamas, research manager with IDC’s Mobile Phone team.
Apple's iOS in the Car has been a long time in coming -- we first heard about the automotive interfacelast June, and it still isn't ready despite the presence ofrelevant codein recent iOS 7 builds. The wait may soon be over, though, as theFinancial Timeshearsthat Apple will unveil formal car integration deals withFerrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo next week.
The PlayStation. The Walkman. The Trinitron. The transistor radio. All icons in Sony’s storied history from an era when the Japanese giants still roamed the earth. The Sony of today is not like the Sony of yesterday.
Sony‘s newly unveiled baby, the Xperia Z1, might be grabbing most of the attention these days, but the Xperia Z Ultra will be first in making it into users’ hands. This giant of a phone is now up for grabs in the UK via carriers Three and O2.The word that best describes the Sony Xperia Z Ultra is “gigantic”. Not unlike the recent Samsung Galaxy Mega, the phablet sports a 6.3-inch screen.