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

Sony has now unveiled a new in-dash cradle receiver called the Sony XSP-N1BT, which has the power to turn your phone into an in-car entertainment system.
January 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.