Torrance, Calif. – Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. today announced the availability of the new “Alpine Connect” smartphone app for the North American market. This free app, available for iPhone or Android smartphones, provides popular infotainment apps from leading content providers for select Alpine Restyle Dash systems in a format that is friendly for in-vehicle use. Alpine Connect users can now benefit from a consistent and familiar Alpine user interface experience when using apps in their vehicles without having to learn new controls or commands.
Alpine Connect initially features apps from Yelp®, for finding local places to eat, drink, and shop; and iHeartRadio, for streaming live radio stations from across the country, custom music stations, 24/7 news, on-demand podcasts, and the best in sports, talk and comedy programming. Additional apps will be added to Alpine Connect in 2016 beginning with Spotify® and Glympse®.
Users can find the Alpine Connect app today on the Apple App and Google Play stores. After downloading the app to their smartphone, and connecting the phone to their Alpine system (via a USB connection for iPhone, or via Bluetooth for Android smartphone), the infotainment content will become visible and available for use. When new apps are added to Alpine Connect, they will automatically become available to the user the next time the smartphone is connected to the Alpine Restyle Dash system.
Alpine Connect vehicle connectivity, infotainment content procurement and integration, and smartphone app are powered by Airbiquity®, a leading connected car service delivery provider.
Compatible Alpine Restyle Dash Systems
Alpine Connect is compatible with five Alpine Restyle Dash Systems, which are available in various screen sizes:
· 10-inch: X110-SLV, for 2014-up Chevrolet Silverado, and the X110-SRA, for 2014-up GMC Sierra
· 9-inch: X109-WRA, for 2011-up Jeep Wrangler (due later this month)
· 8-inch: X108U, for select vehicles and custom installations
· 7-inch: INE-W967HD, for universal installations
All Alpine Restyle Dash Systems are multi-featured systems with audio, video, navigation, and Bluetooth capabilities and equipped with a capacitive touch screen. The 10/9/8-inch Alpine Restyle Dash systems feature oversize screens designed to work in specific vehicles. All systems (except the INE-W967HD for universal installations) come with a vehicle specific, fitted dash bezel that provides a factory-like fit and finish in the vehicle (vehicle specific dash bezels that fit the X108U are sold separately).
Current owners of the X110-SLV, X110-SRA, X108U and INE-W967HD Restyle Dash Systems need to apply a software update so their system is compatible with the Alpine Connect app. The free software update is available for download from Alpine’s U.S. website, www.alpine-usa.com. The new X109-WRA and future shipments of the noted Restyle Dash Systems will already be loaded with the software update.
Alpine Restyle Dash Systems are available now or as listed below, visit www.alpine-usa.com for a store locator.
· X110-SLV 10-inch Restyle Dash System for Chevy Silverado Trucks (2014-Up), SRI: $4,000
· X110-SRA 10-inch Restyle Dash System for GMC Sierra Trucks (2014-Up), SRI: $4,000
· X109-WRA 9-inch Restyle Dash System for Jeep Wrangler (2011-Up), available in June, SRI TBA
· X108U 8-inch Restyle Dash System for select vehicles and custom installations, SRI: $2,200
· INE-W967HD 7-inch Restyle Dash System for universal installations, SRI: $1,700
Product information is based upon current information at the time of press, but cannot be guaranteed. All designs, features, specifications and delivery dates are subject to change without notice. Airbiquity is a trademark of Airbiquity Inc. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners.
About Alpine Electronics
Alpine Electronics is an automotive electronics manufacturer that provides consumers and leading auto makers with audio, video, navigation and driver assistance products. The company specializes in system integration solutions with innovative vehicle entertainment and information technologies. Alpine’s R&D and manufacturing facilities in Japan, China, Europe and North America ensure that all products address the real world requirements of drivers in each market. The company is committed to developing safe, comfortable and eco-friendly automotive electronics products.
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