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    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:

    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2404000,00.asp

    http://johndayautomotivelectronics.com/?p=10201

    http://www.crutchfield.com/p_158XAV6....html?tp=20217

    http://www.alpine.uk.com/p/Products/...4/ics-x8_23559
    Last edited by rock99rock; 05-16-2012, 04:10 PM.

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      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.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Xof View Post
        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.
        Thanks for the reply Xof, I was starting to wonder why i had received no replies in 2 days! Should the Sony require a PAC? If so, I should get that going as well. I'm also interested to see if I can use the mic already built into my Hyundai for the phone integration. I'm ok with not removing the faceplate, I've been craving a larger screen since my 770BT.

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        • #5
          Found a few more details here:

          http://www.sony.co.uk/product/ica-in...01bt#/Overview

          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.

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          • #6
            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

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            • #7
              Also just found a new video (released today): http://www.me-mag.com/mobile-electro...mo-with-me-mag

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              • #8
                Pricing on Crutchfield $549, so it'll probably be cheaper elsewhere:

                http://www.crutchfield.com/p_158XAV6....html?tp=20217

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                • #9
                  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.

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                  • #10
                    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!

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                    • #11
                      Just so you know, this has been done with the pioneer app radio. Unfortunately its currently only for iphone. the guys twitter is hackradio.me i believe. Here is a video:

                      http://www.appradioworld.com/2012/05...ed-online.html
                      2011 Tacoma Nexus 7 App Radio Install

                      1993 Lincoln town car Carputer Project

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Lankin View Post
                        Just so you know, this has been done with the pioneer app radio. Unfortunately its currently only for iphone. the guys twitter is hackradio.me i believe. Here is a video:

                        http://www.appradioworld.com/2012/05...ed-online.html
                        That is pretty rad....if they could do that for Android I would be all over it!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Lankin View Post
                          Just so you know, this has been done with the pioneer app radio. Unfortunately its currently only for iphone. the guys twitter is hackradio.me i believe. Here is a video:

                          http://www.appradioworld.com/2012/05...ed-online.html
                          I remember seeing a similar (if not the same) video a few years back where someone was able to control the iPhone with an external touchscreen. No details were given, and this video is the same. Not sure if hack or just cunning ruse. Nothing against it, but I am skeptical.

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                          • #14
                            Yea, I remember that video. Got everyone excited, but turned out to be a trick. I think someone also did the same thing setting a tv up as a table and pretending it was a giant touch screen. This is a different video and different product (an actual product haha). The appradio is already setup to control input on your iphone or android tablet, this hack just exploits it. If you check out his twitter account you can find more details. Also there is a website setup for pre-ordering www.hackradio.me. Apparently his twitter said units would be shipping out in the next couple weeks. Guess we will find out if its real soon enough. Still, only for iphone...lame.
                            2011 Tacoma Nexus 7 App Radio Install

                            1993 Lincoln town car Carputer Project

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                            • #15
                              Anyone know why Sony removed the XAV-601BT from their website?

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