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LONG BEACH, CALIF. – New JVC multimedia receivers will focus on HDMI and MHL connectivity, multiple app support, and very intuitive GUI designs, said Keith Lehmann, senior VP of JVC Mobile Entertainment and Kenwood executive VP of consumer electronics.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
LONG BEACH, CALIF. — Pioneer has begun shipping a dozen new in-dash aftermarket head units that offer expanded smartphone-connectivity options.
The lineup consists of five double-DIN multimedia DVD receivers, five single-DIN CD receivers, and the company’s first two mechless head units in years.
LAS VEGAS — The annual SEMA Show — put on earlier this month by its namesake organization, the Specialty Equipment Market Association — welcomed more than 130,000 attendees, according to the trade group.
The show, held Nov. 5-8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, had in excess of 2,500 exhibitors, which SEMA said was its highest ever for the show. Six hundred of these companies were first-time exhibitors, it added, and the exhibit space took up more than 1 million square feet.
Alpine Wants Dealers To Socialize
TORRANCE, CALIF. – Alpine wants its dealers to socialize.
The aftermarket car electronics company has developed a social-media handbook to help dealers engage in their own social-media activities. The company is also encouraging dealers to participate in its Play Big social-media campaign, which encourages dealers to post and share pictures of the dash fabrications they have crafted to install Alpine’s 8-inch INE-Z928HD A/V navigation system.
ARLINGTON, VA. — The mobile electronics aftermarket is muddling through 2013 despite a surge in installed- navigation dollar volume, a slight gain in speaker dollar volume, and a slight gain in unit sales of multimedia head units, CEA factory-level sales statistics show.
HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. — Jensen has begun shipping its line of six single- and double-DIN in-dash multimedia receivers, including a navigation-equipped model and two nav-ready models.
LONG BEACH, CALIF. — The number of Android smartphones compatible with Pioneer in-dash head units incorporating AppRadio Mode technology has grown to 40 now that Pioneer has confirmed that 16 more Android phones are compatible.
The 16 smartphones tested by Pioneer for compatibility include the HTC One, One S and One XL; Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD and Razr HD; Samsung Galaxy SIII, S4 Note II and Galaxy Express; and the Sony Xperia Z, TX, TL and ZL.
BOSTON — Aftermarket head-unit sales in North America surged in units and dollars in 2012, but 2013 is not looking so good, Strategy Analytics forecasts show.
The research and consulting company also concluded that North American portable navigation device (PND) sales in units and dollars will slide faster in 2013 than they did in 2012.
In the head-unit market, the company found that factorylevel unit sales grew in 2012 by 14 percent to 5.47 million, but the segment is forecast to fall by 3.2 percent in 2013 to 5.3 million units.
GRAPEVINE, TEXAS — All signs point to a positive year for the annual KnowledgeFest car electronics trade show, put on by the Mobile Electronics Retailers Association (MERA).
At press time, the number of exhibitors was more than 50, according to Chris Cook, MERA president. This is down slightly from the 2012 show, but the number of attendees is still expected to be more than 1,000. Retailer attendance registrations are up around 35 percent vs. this time last year, Cook told TWICE.
NEW YORK — Head-up displays (HUDs) are a niche in the consumer aftermarket, but Garmin’s introduction of its first portable HUD could spur its navigation-device competitors to follow suit as they struggle with a declining PND market, said John Canali, senior analyst at Strategy Analytics.
Tier-one aftermarket autosound suppliers might also take a closer look at the category if Garmin is successful, he said.