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TORRANCE, CALIF. — Alpine has begun shipping its first in-dash head unit with MirrorLink, which enables control of a smartphones’ core functions from touchscreenequipped in-dash aftermarket and OEM head units.
The head unit is the $800-suggested ICS-X7HD, a mech-less model with 7-inch WVGA touchscreen.
MirrorLink is an industry-standard technology that enables touchscreen-equipped OEM and aftermarket head units to control and stream content from MirrorLink-compatible smartphones that run the handset suppliers’ MirrorLink app.
Samsung and Nokia offer MirrorLink-compatible smartphones. Aftermarket companies with MirrorLink-compatible head units include Sony and JVC.
MirrorLink-compatible heads control a compatible phone’s calling, music and location- based functions, including playback and control of stored music and music apps; voice-calling functions; display of phone contacts and album art; and control and display of location-related features, such as Google Maps for turn-by-turn navigation and Google Street View.
The ICS-X7HD features a 7-inch WVGA touchscreen, HD Radio, stereo Bluetooth, Made for iPod/iPhone USB port, Pandora Internet radio control via an iPhone or Android smartphone, hands-free Bluetooth control of an iPhone’s Siri voice-control functions, and iPhone access to Harman’s Aha Cloud-based audio infotainment service. The ICS-X7HD is Alpine’s first head unit with Aha compatibility.
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