Sony cradle receiver turns your phone into an in-car entertainment system

by: Andrew GrushJanuary 7, 2014


Just yesterday we officially learned about the Open Automobile Alliance and how it will open the door to Android-powered cars in the near future. In the meantime, there are certainly plenty of accessories and automotive equipment that allow us to pair our existing Android devices with our automobiles.

Not satisfied with the existing solutions? You might want to check out Sony’s XSP-N1BT, which it bills as “the first ever double-DIN smartphone cradle receiver” designed to turn your phone into a touchscreen display and multimedia system for your vehicle.

The new in-dash system makes it easy to mount your smartphone and uses NFC to trigger instant Bluetooth pairing in order to bring your phone’s tunes and other audio directly to your car’s speakers. To further enhance your multimedia experience, Sony’s in-dash system also works with a special Sony app that simplifies the UI making it easier to control while driving or in the passenger seat. There’s also an IR remote and a way to use voice commands to control your phone-docked multimedia experience.

The in-dash system is also apparently capable of playing CDs and radio, for those times you want to listen to music outside of your handset or the Internet.

So how much will the in-dash system set you back? It is expected to go on sale in May for $250. This probably isn’t a must-have car accessory for everyone, but it’s still pretty cool looking to say the least.

  • Alphons

    My dream come true! Getting this as soon as possible…

  • damian01211

    Defently gonna buy this thing, I’m tired of copying twice the same music to my pendrive in order to listen in my car and then to my phone.

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  • MSmith79

    I can’t believe it, but this is actually EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for. Next questions though are, does it work with all phones, what kind of connections do you have to make, and is there one that has Sirius (not the Sirius app, but true Sirius)?

    • Shark Bait

      me too, i spent ages looking for something that could mirror my phone or something, this is EXACTLY what i want too, will definatly buy it if it works the way it should. Google play music on my dash wooooo!!!

      I just wish their was QI charging in their too and it would be pefect!

    • Andrew Grush

      While it is made with Sony handsets in mind, no it will work with any Android device (and the press release even mentions iPhones…). As for the Sirius part, here’s what the press release has to say: “The receivers also offer access to SiriusXM using the SXV200 SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner Kit “.

      • MSmith79

        You just made my day! Thanks!

      • Shark Bait

        hands on video???

        • Andrew Grush

          I know we have a ton of already scheduled events and hands-on stuff going on, but I’ll talk to the video guys and see if there is any way we can fit in a hands-on of this. No promises, though. :)

          • Shark Bait

            Im sure you do, loving the coverage BTW, its a great week to be off work! Seems this could be a great way to get android into my car without buying a new Audi lol

          • eveeo

            Your last sentence really made my day xD :D

    • Exactly what I’m looking for. So amusing Sony is reading my mind.

  • Shark Bait

    Lets get a hands on video with this AA, we need to see if this works a promised and make our dreams come true!

  • pirx

    Just when I thought why does Sony not offer a decent dash mount for my z ultra :-) Want.

  • Jaun Lombard

    will sync with the radio by using radio frequencies or what?

  • Antonio Diaz

    This is exactly what i’ve been looking for at least 2 years now. I’ve been using my phone since then as my music player on my car and ive been looking for something like this for too long

  • r2stik

    Can i use AutoGuard Pro apk with this XSP-N1BT ???

  • Ivan Yordanov

    Mine just came today, and with the few hours I had left to mount it and and get to know it (also gave it a test drive to see how the phone hangs there) I have to admit it’s just the thing I’ve always wanted. I tryied it with the Z3 Compact, so I was afraid that the screen would be too small, but it’s just enough. For sure the bigger, the better in this case. I’ve read some reviews in forums of people saying it’s not holding the phone well, or the phone jumps out on bumps, but I had no problems with that. Works great, charging, connecting, easy to use even only with the remote. I would be even happier if I was able to browse better in my Play music library only with the remote, but either I didn’t get how it’s done, or you can simply switch songs forward and backwars, you can’t go back to select another album, but I wouldn’t say that’s a huge issue. I realy hope the App remote app gets some update fixing it’s look, becaus it looks like it’s made 5 years ago. Also some more features would stick nice to it. Anyway, as I said already for my use and needs it’s the right thing.