By Lisa Johnston
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LAS VEGAS — Magellan is expanding its selection of in-car navigation devices that connect to the Cloud via a Bluetooth-connected smartphone.
Via a Bluetooth-connected cellphone or Wi- Fi-connected mobile hot spot, the company’s SmartGPS portable navigation devices (PNDs) receive pushed location-based content, including Yelp and Foursquare reviews and offers from nearby businesses.
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.
LAS VEGAS — Dual Electronics is expanding its selection of multimedia receivers, launching its first three multimedia receivers with MHL-enabled HDMI inputs, and launching its first two headrest monitors and first in-ceiling flip-down monitor.
The company is also unveiling its first big-screen multimedia receiver with 10.1-inch display, which is detachable; an expanded marine selection; and an expanded selection of head units that control Pandora on a USB-connected iPhone.
LAS VEGAS — Kenwood is connecting better with smartphones, smartphone apps and Cloud-based services in its 2014 car audio lineup.
Here at International CES, the company is launching 56 new products, excluding accessories, up from 44 at last year’s show.
LAS VEGAS – JVC Mobile’s 19 car audio head unit introductions include the company’s first two multimedia receivers with HDMI inputs to deliver in-dash touch-screen control of select compatible apps on newer iPhones and MHL-enabled Android smartphones.
The company is also launching its first marine digital media receiver (DMR) in years and introducing its first three head units with lossless FLAC playback.
NEW YORK – The car electronics aftermarket declined this year in units and dollars despite the quickening pace of technology changes that provide a growing opportunity to sell new technologies lacking in factory systems that are only a few years old.
Next year, however, things could be a little better as more sales shift to 12-volt specialists, potentially driving up average selling prices (ASPs).
LAS VEGAS – Aftermarket autosound suppliers going to International CES will continue to focus on upgrading head-unit connectivity with smartphones, in some cases at the expense of built-in HD Radio tuners and connectivity to outboard SiriusXM tuners.
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.
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.