Not sure if this is the right place to post this, so please forgive me if it needs to be moved. So after seeing the CA-FI and its slew of negatives, I wanted to look for something a little more mainstream. This will be released sometime this summer according to reps and documentation.
The only phone(s) I know that have been announced with Mirrorlink technology are a Nokia 701 and the to be released Samsung Galaxy S III.
I'm not exactly sure to what extent applications will be supported, but I did see Pandora, Youtube, etc. The guy in the second video (below) said "Anything that you see on your phone, you will see on your in-dash", though I will believe it when I see it. Either way, I preordered the EVO 4G LTE last week and will be cancelling that, as I have yet to see that it will support Mirrorlink. I'll be waiting for the SIII instead in order to try this. Thoughts?
Links of interest:
Last edited by rock99rock; 05-16-2012 at 05:10 PM.
I'm also very interested in the XAV-601BT (also thinking of buying the tomtom navigation module if I don't feel like connecting my phone).. not much to find on the units still.. except some CES clips on youtube.
I preordered the Samsung Galaxy SIII, so it should work for me. Also ordered some PAC products to have my steeringwheel controls working with the unit. Now I still need to order that unit, but it's always risky to be an early adopter
Downside of the 701HD is the fact that you can't remove the screen.
Found a few more details here:
MirrorLink™ smartphone connectivity - For ease of use, your in-car audio’s touchscreen interface reflects your smartphone.
Security minded - Fully removable front panel keeps your system safe from prying eyes and helps prevent theft
Bluetooth® convenience - Wirelessly stream music from your phone to the head unit and make calls hands-free for safety.
Passenger App Control - Passengers can enjoy content from their iPhone on the in-car system, controlling it using the iPhone touchscreen.
Fingertip control - The high-resolution WVGA touchscreen lets you easily manage music, navigation and more.
A range of formats - Play DVDs, CDs and CD-RWs in high quality on your in-car system.
Immersive sound - Enjoy the richness and precision of virtual 5.1 channel surround sound.
Get in the mood with SensMe™ - SensMe™automatically groups tracks into themed channels so you can pick music to match your mood.
Dual USB versatility - Hook up two devices at once through USB, for example, an MP3 player and a smartphone.
Zone by zone entertainment - While people in the front listen to music, rear seat passengers can watch a DVD on the optional rear screens.
Navigation ready - Optional TomTom® satnav module and external GPS antenna offers fast, accurate route planning.
The previous units van Sony also needed PAC, so I went ahead already and ordered one. Won't be different with this one I guess. Also ordered the hand brake cable, because otherwise you can't use the normal Android function. You can only use that when you use your hand/parking brake., but luckely you can fake that. Otherwise I can't even use Google maps.
Also want to use the builtin mic from my car, but that's impossible I think. It's not a normal jack plug, I hate to rip open my dashboard.. always affraid I destroy something.
Just checked the inch of the screen I have now.. I have the standard Audi navigation which has 6.5 and the Sony has 6.1, so it's going to be a bit smaller.. now I'm not sure which one to take.
BTW here is the manual for the XAV-601BT: http://riverparkinc.com/techpdf/XAV601BT_MANUAL.pdf
Yeah here in the Netherlands they sell it for around the same price.. for this kind of unit I think it's a nice price, but it's just because it doesn't have navigation.
Sony also gives a suggested retail price of $550,- so yeah I also expect it to be a little bit cheaper.
The XAV-701HD has a suggested retail price of 700 dollars, but that one will release in august.
I am hoping there is a way to bake the mirror link into the core Android OS so you can mirror and control the whole system not specific apps. That is my hope!