By Stephen Schenck | January 7, 2014 1:53 PM
We’re not quite done with new Sony products at CES just yet, and before we turn our attention to what some other OEMs have to share, we wanted to touch on the topic of car integration. Unsurprisingly, that’s been a big focus of CES announcements thus far, but what if you aren’t planning on buying a new vehicle with any kind of baked-in smartphone support in the near future? Are you out of luck? Sony may have just what you need, as it introduces its double-DIN, in-dash, Smartphone Cradle Receiver.
What’s the big deal? Well, aftermarket systems that attempt to meld your phone with your car have a bad habit of being a bit, well, inelegant. Sony’s solution attempts to save you from all sorts of cables and adapters hanging all over the place by letting you install a purpose-made smartphone dock. It works with both Android and iOS devices, either communicating over Bluetooth or USB, and even offers an IR remote for control even from the back seat. You’ll be able to play music from your phone directly, or use your phone to manage playback from other in-car sources.
A mini USB cable will help keep your phone powered while you’ve got it docked like this, or if you’re picking up an Xperia Z1 or Z1S, the phone’s pogo plugs allow for total wire-free charging; really, the only thing we could ask for would be actual induction charging offered as an option.
The Smartphone Cradle Receiver, which is Sony’s model XSP-N1BT, will go up for sale in May for about $250.