Pioneer and Alpine had recently made their forays into Apple’s CarPlay in the aftermarket. Kenwood is going with a different approach. They prefer using their aftermarket unit’s horsepower. Coupled to Siri in, it gives drivers more features and flexibility compared to the constraints of working within the CarPlay sandbox. After all, what if you got an Android phone?
Kenwood’s advanced smartphone control found on Kenwood’s multimedia receiver’s offers voice control for music, messaging, mapping and phone book access as well as other voice functions via seamless integration of the phone’s built in Siri, Google voice or S-Voice control.
“The biggest advantage Kenwood offers over prepackaged voice control/ display solutions is choice. The Kenwood offering is compatible with a wide variety of applications for music and Navigation services; navigation choices include Google maps which is the most downloaded navigation app on iTunes, also WAZE, and Apple Maps. In addition to allowing customers to choose the system they are most familiar with, choice extends to the most popular phones customers use. Kenwood advanced smartphone voice control works with both iPhones and Android phones,” said Scott Caswell, Kenwood senior marketing manager.
With advanced smartphone integration and seamless voice control, Kenwood’s multimedia receivers with Bluetooth make drive time a fully connected experience. Capable of communicating with most of the Apple and Android smartphones in today’s marketplace.
Kenwood’s line of smartphone connectivity products lets you make hands-free phone calls, browse your contacts and recent calls, use voice control to listen to your messages, Use voice or the touch screen to control and play your favorite tunes and find your way to destinations using your app of choice. Kenwood’s advanced smartphone integration lets you decide what apps best suit your needs while on the road, giving you complete control and providing lots of options.
Kenwood advanced smartphone with voice control is found on eight 2014 Kenwood and Kenwood Excelon Multimedia receivers featuring an HDMI™ input.
All are currently available.
DNN991HD, DNX891HD, DNX691HD, DDX8901HD, DDX5901HD, DNX771HD, DNX571HD, DDX7701HD.