Android Ready Car Deck

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    Hey guys. So I think I've made up my mind on getting a droid and am going to be purchasing the Droid X when it comes out on the 15th. My question to you all is this:

    Do they make an Android ready car deck yet? You can buy iPod ready decks and such, didn't know if they had made anything like that for Android based phones. I've tried looking around and just can't find too much about it.

    If they do have them, does anyone know how well they work, or the functionality that comes with them?

    Thanks

    Nasteee
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    If you get a Bluetooth enabled deck you can run your music and phone right through your stereo with no wires. Let's see an I Pod do that without an adapter!
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    Hi, I have a Motorola Droid and I love it. Unfortunately I'm unable to answer your question, however I just read today that android 3.0 is coming out in Q3 this year. You might want to make sure the DroidX will be able to update to 3.0.

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    +1 for Bluetooth
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    It can. It meets all of the requirements for Gingerbread. In fact, only the X and whatever else sports 4.3" screen will be able to run Android 3.0 (Gingerbread).
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    There aren't any that interface with Android. At least not yet anyway. The problem is there are so many different manufacturers that there isn't really one set connection standard like there is with the ipod/iphone. Like they said above, you can use bluetooth which is what I do but I do kinda miss being able to control everything from my touchscreen monitor. Maybe one day there will be a android car deck or one that can at least interface with the phones but at this point in time there isn't.

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    That's not true. Although that is what was originally posted that Gingerbread would require 1ghz etc... it was later released that those are the *recommended* requirements for Gingerbread. earlier phones will be supported by 3.0 http://www.droidforums.net/forum/dr...-gingerbread-details-emerge-5.html#post602703

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    "Ipod" ready means that the deck is able to accept an ipod interface (last i was in the car audio game Alpine was the only brand with the interface built it, all the rest it was a $75-$100 add-on)

    So basically the interface acts like a computer and itunes to transfer the data to your headunit in a way it can be read. Currently there is no program that interfaces with a droid like itunes does for ipods/phones. Google Music is rumored to do such and come out not long after gingerbread. So maybe there will be an interface eventually, but i wouldn't expect it for atleast another 2 years or so.

    So as it was said either use it via bluetooth, but make sure the headunit can accept bluetooth audio and its not just setup for bluetooth calls. And also from my exp, bluetooth kits are add-ons also.

    Or get a deck that had a 3.5mm aux input and use the headphone jack

    All phones from the Droid 1 on in power are expected to be compatible with gingerbread

    Google dismissed the rumors of gingerbread's needed hardware specs. So all we know yet again is it is called Gingerbread. Its not even known if its going to be 3.0, 2.3, or 2.X

    I never believed that rumor, the droid 1 is the highest sold droid device by far and most people wont be up for upgrade until atleast fallish on 2011 (if they upgrade the few months before the 2 yr contract mark.) So i dont see anyway that Google/Android would turn its back on that device already just to piss the majority of android owners off a year before they get a new device. Though ill admitt i will prob upgrade my droid to a droid pro in the fall if its worth it

    Google Shuts Down Gingerbread Rumors - Droid Life: A Droid Community Blog
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    ^ This. In the mean time, look for A2DP and USB.

    There are some related threads in the Accessories subforum.
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    Has anyone used the bluetooth with a kenwood deck? I ordered the kca-bt200 adapter for my deck and was wondering if anyone has used their droid to communicate wit ha kenwood deck the way I plan to? Any compatibility issues or anything?
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    any deck with a standard USB plug would work, the droid would just see it at a USB connection then the deck would see it as a folder to load music from.

    I'm not saying to use this one, it's just an example...
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    i use a pioneer bluetooth deck and it works great with my phone. i have my steering wheel controls working with the radio. the previous and next buttons work with the stock android music player. they would not work with mspot, im going to see if the buttons work with mecanto.
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    A2DP is great if you are happy controlling the music from the Droid. If you want to be able to pause/play and fwd/rew from the buttons on the deck instead of having to touch the phone, you need a deck that supports the AVRCP Bluetooth profile. Most of the newer BT capable decks can support this.
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    I use a tape adapter to listen to my phone's music and also listen to the person I am taking to. I can talk hands free through the mic on the phone and listen to the other person through the car speakers.
    I also listen to all my music this way from the phone. Yes, you cannot control the music from the car stereo like an IPOD, but the IPOD is also NOT A PHONE.
    Maybe in the future you may see one.
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    The IPHONE does the same thing so I don't think that the fact that the IPOD is NOT A PHONE has anything to do with it. It just has to do with the fact that their is no unified standard for android. Just an issue with the fact that their are several different manufacturers instead of just one. Until then though, tape deck adapters, bluetooth, and usb are all good alternatives.

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    I use a Pioneer DEH-P7900BT. It has builtin bluetooth, contact sync, and a slew of other goodies built in, like AUX-in and such. Super cheap on ebay, and the newer models of the same series are even better. Pioneer is about your only manufacturer choice if you want built-in bluetooth, and not pay 1200+ for a nav unit.
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    This is the deck that I'm posting about.

    Kenwood KDC-X693 (kdcx693) - Car Stereo In-Dash Receiver at Sonic Electronix - Sonic Electronix

    The blue tooth adapter for it is the bt-200.

    Amazon.com: Kenwood KCA-BT200 Bluetooth Hands-free Unit for A2DP: Electronics

    Comes with USB and AUX in.
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    Only issue I have with the Alpine, Sony, Kenwood et al units is the fact that they ALL require you to buy an add on module, where as the Pioneer I have, and all future models sporting BT, have it built it. Still looks like a quality unit.
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    Can't help but comment on this one. You're comparing a android phone to an ipod. Be more specific. An ipod nano or classic will not do it. You are correct there. But an ipod touch will, as will an ipad and iphone.



    Has anyone used the bluetooth with a kenwood deck? I ordered the kca-bt200 adapter for my deck and was wondering if anyone has used their droid to communicate wit ha kenwood deck the way I plan to? Any compatibility issues or anything?[/QUOTE]

    Just some info on current Kenwood radios. None of the units this year with built in bluetooth support A2DP. If you add the KCA-BT300 it will support streaming and control. Same goes for Pioneer this year. This is for the cd decks only. The Nav units from both companies will stream audio. If you can find last years Kenwood KDCX994 it will stream audio and have an awesome sound processor.


    True but not all radio will read the same. If you want to check before you buy a head unit I suggest testing it out first. Any decent car stereo shop should have it all on display. Bring the usb cable for the phone and try them out to make sure. each manufacturer (Kenwood, Pioneer, etc) does things differently.


    Like I said above, Kenwood and Pioneer did not include A2DP in their bluetooth cd head units this year. You would need a bluetooth ready unit and the appropriate bluetooth adapter.


    Just trying to help out guys. Been in car stereo for about 10 years and have been working for the same store for 6&1/2 years. These are some of the things I come across on a daily basis.
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    ...and if you want AVRCP then make sure you look for it when shopping.
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