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  • Latest Android Nougat 7.1 Car Stereo Releases

    Android Nougat 7.1 car stereo

    The wait is over. We finally have our hands on the first batch of Android Nougat 7.1 car stereos. In our previous blog, we highlighted some of the developments Android had introduced since the Android Lollipop 5.1 and now we’re going to take a closer look at vehicle specific versions.

     

    Take a look at the latest Android Nougat 7.1 car stereos here:

     

    Ford Android Nougat 7.1 Car Stereos

     

    Xtrons have been busy adapting and transforming car stereos for the Ford car lovers out there. Now, we’re delighted to introduce the first two head units from the Ford Android 7.1 car range which are custom fit for a range of Ford vehicles.

     

    Silver Ford Android Nougat 7.1 Car Stereo

    PA77QSFP-S:  £274.99

     Silver Ford Android Nougat 7.1 Car Stereo    

    Custom Fit for Ford: Focus II (2005-2007), C-Max (2005-2007), S-Max (2006-2011) Galaxy (2006-2008), Kuga (2008-2012), Fusion (2006-2011), Transit (2006-2008), Fiesta (2005-2008), Connect (2007-2009). Please check all dimensions beforehand.

    The Android Nougat 7.1 is a direct upgrade form the Android Lollipop5.1 and still carries all of its original features as well as these new upgrades.

    New Features:

    • Industrial Design
    • Improved User Interface
    • DDR3
    • Multi-Window View
    • Exclusive HDMI port
    • Separate Bluetooth Chip
    • Pro’ Heat Dissipation
    • Dual Camera Switch

     

    Black Ford Android Nougat 7.1 Car Stereo

    PA77QSFP-B:  £274.99

    Black Ford Android Nougat 7.1 Car Stereo

     

    Custom Fit for Ford: Focus II (2005-2007), C-Max (2005-2007), S-Max (2006-2011), Galaxy (2006-2008), Kuga (2008-2012), Fusion (2006-2011), Transit (2006-2008), Fiesta (2005-2008), Connect (2007-2009). Please check all dimensions beforehand.

    The Android Nougat 7.1 is a direct upgrade form the Android Lollipop5.1 and still carries all of its original features as well as these new upgrades.

    New Features:

    • Industrial Design
    • Improved User Interface
    • DDR3
    • Multi-Window View
    • Exclusive HDMI port
    • Separate Bluetooth Chip
    • Pro’ Heat Dissipation
    • Dual Camera Switch

     

    BMW Android Nougat 7.1 Car Stereos

     

    Xtrons have been busy adapting and transforming car stereos for the BMW car lovers out there. Now, we’re delighted to introduce the first two head units from the Ford Android 7.1 car range which are custom fit for a range of BMW vehicles.

     

    BMW Android Nougat 7.1 Car Stereo 5 Series | 7 Series

    PA7739BP: £279.99

     

    BMW X5 Android Nougat 7.1 Car Stereo

    Custom Fit for BMW: E39 M5 (1999-2003), BMW E39 (1995-2003), BMW 7 Series E38 (1994-2001). Please check all dimensions beforehand.

    The Android Nougat 7.1 is a direct upgrade form the Android Lollipop5.1 and still carries all of its original features as well as these new upgrades.

    New Features:

    • Industrial Design
    • Improved User Interface
    • DDR3
    • Multi-Window View
    • Exclusive HDMI port
    • Separate Bluetooth Chip
    • Pro’ Heat Dissipation
    • Dual Camera Switch

     

    BMW 3 Series Android Nougat 7.1 Car Stereo

    PA7790BP:  £279.99

    BMW Android Nougat 7.1 Car Stereo

     

    Custom Fit for BMW: E90 Sedan (2005-2012), E91 Touring (2005-2012), E92 Coupe (2006-2013), E93 Convertible (2007-2013), (E90 / E92 / E93) M3 (2007-2012). Please check all dimensions beforehand.

    The Android Nougat 7.1 is a direct upgrade form the Android Lollipop5.1 and still carries all of its original features as well as these new upgrades.

    New Features:

    • Industrial Design
    • Improved User Interface
    • DDR3
    • Multi-Window View
    • Exclusive HDMI port
    • Separate Bluetooth Chip
    • Pro’ Heat Dissipation
    • Dual Camera Switch

     

    BMW 3 Series Android Nougat 7.1 Car Stereo

    PA7746BP £279.99

    BMW Android Nougat 7.1 Car Stereo

     

    Custom Fit for BMW: E46 4-door Sedan (1998-2005), E46 2-door Coupé (1999-2006), E46 2-door Convertible (1999-2006), E46 5-door Touring (1999-2005), E46 3-door Hatchback (2000- 2004), E46 M3 (2000-2006), Rover 75 (1999-2005), MG ZT (2001-2005). Please check all dimensions beforehand.

    The Android Nougat 7.1 is a direct upgrade form the Android Lollipop5.1 and still carries all of its original features as well as these new upgrades.

    New Features:

    • Industrial Design
    • Improved User Interface
    • DDR3
    • Multi-Window View
    • Exclusive HDMI port
    • Separate Bluetooth Chip
    • Pro’ Heat Dissipation
    • Dual Camera Switch

     

    BMW X5 Android Nougat 7.1 Car Stereo

    PA7753BP £279.99

    BMW Android Nougat 7.1 Car Stereo

     

    Custom Fit for BMW: X5 E53 (1999-2006). Please check all dimensions beforehand.

     

    The Android Nougat 7.1 is a direct upgrade form the Android Lollipop5.1 and still carries all of its original features as well as these new upgrades.

     

    New Features:

    • Industrial Design
    • Improved User Interface
    • DDR3
    • Multi-Window View
    • Exclusive HDMI port
    • Separate Bluetooth Chip
    • Pro’ Heat Dissipation
    • Dual Camera Switch

     

    VW / SEAT / Skoda Android Nougat 7.1 Car Stereo

     

    Xtrons have been busy adapting and transforming car stereos for the Volkswagen, Seat and Skoda car lovers out there. Now, we’re delighted to introduce the first two head units from the Ford Android 7.1 car range which are custom fit for a range of Volkswagen, Seat and Skoda vehicles.

     

    VW / SEAT / Skoda Android Nougat 7.1 Car Stereo

    PA97MTVPL £289.99

    VW, SEAT, Skoda Android Nougat 7.1 Car Stereo

     

    Custom Fit for VW: Amarok (2010-2015), Beetle (2011-2015), Bora (Jetta) (2005-2015), Caddy (2004-2015), EOS (2006-2015), Golf MK5 / V5 / A5 / 1K (Variant / GTI / Estate) (2003 - 2009), Golf MK6 / Ⅵ6 / A6 / 5K (GTI / Wagon / R / Variant / Estate / Cabriolet) (2008-2013), Golf Plus (2004-2013), Jetta V / A5 / 1K (2005-2009), Jetta Vl / A6 / 1B (2010-2015), Passat B6 / 3C (Estate / Sedan / Wagon) (2005-2010), Passat B7 / 3C(Estate / Sedan / Wagon / Alltrack)(2010-2014), Passat CC (2008-2011), Polo MK5 / 6R(GTI / Sedan)(2009-2014), Scirocco Mk3 (2008-2011), Magotan (2007-2013), Sharan (2010-2014), Touran (2003-2014), Tiguan (2007-2013), T5 Multivan (2010-2013), T5 Transporter (2010-2013), T5 Caravelle (2010-2015), Vento (2009-2015). Please check all dimensions beforehand.

     

    Custom Fit for SEAT: Alhambra (2010-2015), Altea (2004 - 2015), Altea XL (2007-2015), Leon Mk2 (2005 - 2012), Toledo (2004-2015). Please check all dimensions beforehand.

     

    Custom Fit for Skoda: Fabia (2007-2014), Fabia Combi (2008-2014), Roomster (2006-2015), Octavia (2007-2012), Yeti (2009-2015), Superb (2008-2015). Please check all dimensions beforehand.

     

    The Android Nougat 7.1 is a direct upgrade form the Android Lollipop5.1 and still carries all of its original features as well as these new upgrades.

     

    New Features:

    • Industrial Design
    • Improved User Interface
    • DDR3
    • Multi-Window View
    • Exclusive HDMI port
    • Separate Bluetooth Chip
    • Pro’ Heat Dissipation
    • Dual Camera Switch

     

    You can expect more Android Nougat 7.1 car stereos for a further range of car models in the coming weeks. In the meantime, if you have any further questions or queries, please get in touch.

  • Android Nougat 7.1 Car Stereo – What’s New?

    Android Nougat 7.1. Android Car Stereos at XTRONS.

    With the impending release of the Android Nougat 7.1 car stereo range, we wanted to let you in on a few of the improvements you can begin to benefit from.

     

    The Android Nougat 7.1 car stereos are set to arrive at Xtrons in the coming weeks and will be available on Double Din universal and custom fit units.

     

    Android Nougat 7.1

    As a direct follow on, and upgrade, from the Android 5.1 Lollipop, the Android Nougat 7.1 boasts several new developments. Noticeably, the Nougat carries a hardware upgrade from 1GB to 2GB, for a silkier and speedier performance.

     

    Quad-Core Android Nougat 7.1

    Despite the Android Nougat 7.1 operating from a quad-core solution, making it not as advanced as some of our octa-core head units, it is still an improved arrangement from its predecessor.

    Here’s why…

     

    Android Nougat 7.1 - Professional Automative Industrial Design 

    The new Android 7.1 head units have a sleek appearance for a flush fit. After all, a beautifully crafted head unit deserves a beautifully crafted face panel. The touch panel and flush appearance makes this car stereo look like a tablet that has been made to fit perfectly in your car.

     

    Android Nougat 7.1 - DDR3

    The Double-Data-Rate Three (DDR3) has replaced the DDR2 and is a type of Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory (SDRAM) which reduces the power consumption by transferring data at twice the rate, enabling higher bandwidth.

     

    Android Nougat 7.1 – User Interface

    Yet again, here at Xtrons, we have developed the user interface for all you aesthetic lovers. By modernising the design of the interface, it not only appeals to the stylish in-car-entertainment market but keeps pace with the ever-evolving digital interactions we all have experience of.

     

    Android 7.1 Car Stereo

     

    Android Nougat 7.1 - Multi-Window View

    Perhaps one of the coolest new features to come from the Android Nougat upgrade is the introduction of the multi-window view. A feature that allows for twice the interaction, twice the fun and twice the possibilities! As you can see, the multi-screen view opens up new avenues of entertainment and practicality. The ability to display increased, but necessary information, whilst using your Android car stereo is a smart addition.

    Android 7.1 Car Stereo

     

    Android Nougat 7.1 - Exclusive HDMI output

    Due to the rapid development of technology, the demand for HDMI access ports has become the norm, so we’ve listened and obliged. The Android 5.1 did not benefit from such a luxury but the Android Nougat 7.1 houses an exclusive HDMI output for all your advanced accessories!

    Android HDMI

     

    Android Nougat 7.1 - Separate Bluetooth Chip

    This may come as a surprise, (unless you’re an avid techno-nerd), but the majority of head units on the market combine the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi chips leading to interference. Now, you can smoothly sync with Bluetooth with no disruptions.

     

    Android Nougat 7.1 - Pro’ Heat Dissipation

    With the power and performance of Android Nougat 7.1 car stereos, scorching that of the 5.1 Lollipop, we figured a new heat dissipation system would be useful. Featuring Xtrons Heat Sink and FAKRA Original Radio & GPS socket technology, the ‘plug & play’ has never been better and the overall signal strength is stronger and more stable.

     

    Android Nougat 7.1 - Dual Camera Switch

    The new operating system now fully supports a rear and front camera image switch function. Which means you can even connect a front and rear journey recorder or reverse camera, and switch conveniently in between the two with just one simple touch.

    Naturally, the new Android Nougat 7.1 will still house all of the other great features such as: DAB+, Screen Mirroring, TPMS, DVD Player and more.

    If you require any further information on the pending release of the Android nougat 7.1 car stereo, get in touch.

  • Best Value Affordable Dash Cams

    Dash Cams at Xtrons

    Dashboard cameras (dash cams) have rapidly risen in popularity, thanks to their numerous benefits and affordability. Luckily, Xtrons have a range of affordable dash cams to meet the demands.

     

    Why should you consider buying a dash cam?

    If you’re not quite sure of the purpose of a dash cam, they carefully record images and sounds from inside and outside of your vehicle.

     

    Efficient Evidence

    Dash cams are proving a really useful way of capturing first-hand evidence of accidents and incidents on our roads. The camera begins recording as soon as your engine is triggered, providing real-time footage from wherever you position your dash cam. Therefore, if an accident occurs, you can use the footage to defend or strengthen your case in a court of law.

     

    Reporting Rage

    It’s not just accidents you can capture on your dash cam. The fact that your dash cam is continuously recording, you may capture evidence of confrontation or aggression shown by other drivers towards yourself or others. You can report such undisciplined behaviour and prevent reckless drivers from putting others in danger. Whether this is threatening behaviour or dangerous behaviour, like texting whilst driving, your evidence can be submitted against somebody.

     

    Recording Road Trips

    Believe it or not, there is a more fun side to owning your own dash cam. Capturing footage form an unforgettable journey and turning it into your very own mini-movie is something the creatives amongst us will love! Don’t let your adventure, or those wonderful views, be forgotten.

     

    Adaptability

    Dash cams are easily coupled with other on-board technologies to maximise their performance and come in all shapes and styles to suit your preferences. Depending on which dash cam you opt for, the range of functions can be somewhat impressive. GPS, tracking speed and location are often built in. Motion detection allows the high-resolution HD video to capture crisp quality, should anything trigger it. G-sensor technology can be utilised by capturing and locking in footage upon impact.

     

    Best value affordable Dash Cams at Xtrons

    Not all in-car-entertainment devices have to cost a fortune. Here are two of our favourites, showcasing our best value affordable dash cam range:

     

    4.3" 1080P TFT LED Screen Car DVR Rearview Mirror Video Recorder - RH7D

     

    Dash Cam - 4.3" 1080P TFT LED Screen Car DVR Rearview Mirror Video Recorder

    Price £89.99

    This subtle DVR rear-view mirror video recorder is one of our latest releases. It provides you with a digital display of what the DVR camera is capturing but instead of it cluttering up your dash space or sticking a plunger to your windscreen, you can keep it neat and tidy by doubling it with your rear-view mirror.

     

    With a 4.3” 1080p LED screen, this device provides vivid imagery and can capture scenes at up to 6 metres.

     

    G-sensor technology and motion detection add an extra layer of security and performance to ensure you never miss a thing.

     

    The loop recording function allows you to worry less about deleting footage and creating memory space because it automatically erases any previous footage before the 32GB card is full.

     

    XTRONS Android Units DVR Camera - DR015

     

     

    XTRONS Android Units DVR Camera

    Price £24.99

    This affordable dash cam provides peace of mind for car owners who like to keep their vehicle under surveillance against theft or other potential incidents.

    It’s so easy to install. All you have to do is connect it up, via the USB port, to your Android car stereo and away you go. This allows you to watch back any footage via your Android head unit too.

     

    The HD wide dynamic camera provides clear pictures and recordings with its 100-degree wide angle camera.

     

    You can view our entire dash cam range here.

     

    If you have any further questions or queries, please get in touch.

  • What Is The Best Car Stereo For Android?

    What is the best car stereo for android

    It’s safe to say that the car stereo has dramatically evolved over this last century. From the humble AM radio to new FM frequencies, to the introduction of 8 track, which transformed into cassettes and then CDs, until Bluetooth encouraged the arrival the infotainment system.

     

    Since 2010 Google and Android have emerged as the leaders in the in-car infotainment market. So, we’re going to take a look back at some of the best Android car stereos to date.

    Android KitKat Car Stereo 4.0/4.4.4

    2013

    Although the Android KitKat car stereos are no longer in production, they were the first on the scene and somewhat of a game changer. The initial version released was the KitKat 4.0 which was replaced and updated by the more aggressive and efficient KitKat 4.4.4.

    This particular Android head unit below (TD719A) was, and perhaps still is, one of the best car stereos for Android. Universally built to fit the majority of vehicles, it has an abundance of features including a built-in DVD Player, Wi-Fi, Screen Mirroring and OBD2. It also has a powerful Quad-core processor to assist with smoothness and storage of the unit’s features and memory.

    TD719A - Anndroid 4.4.4 KitKat Quad Core Car Stereo with screen mirroring function

    Android 4.4.4 KitKat Quad Core Car Stereo

    Android Lollipop Car Stereo 5.0/5.1

    2014

    Spanning between versions of Android Lollipop 5.0 and 5.1 one of the most noticeable developments form its predecessor is the interface. Enhanced by the design and other noticeable features such as being able to access notifications from the lock-screen, making it more user friendly whilst encouraging touch screen interaction.

    The PL91MTVAP (below) custom fit for Volkswagen, Seat and Skoda is one of the most popular Android car stereos of its era. With a 9 inch HD, touch screen and Bluetooth 4.0 added, it was definitely an improvement. However, new features such as the 16G ROM download and storage capability, along with improved 64-bit CPU processor making it up-to 70% faster is what makes this one of the best car stereos Android have ever produced.

    PL91MTVAP - Android 5.1 Lollipop 64 Bit Operating System Car Stereo with Screen Mirroring Function & OBD2 for Volkswagen / Seat / Skoda

    Android 5.1 Lollipop 64 Bit Operatiing System Car Stereo with Screen Mirroring Function & OBD2 for Volkswagen / Seat / Skoda

    Android Marshmallow Car Stereo 6.0

    2015

    In true Android car stereo fashion, the Android Marshmallow 6.0 release was eagerly anticipated and didn’t fail to deliver. Primarily developed to improve the overall user experience of the Android Lollipop, the latest version adopted a new power management system to maximise its performance.

    Like the custom fit Audi TT unit below (PB76ATTARP), many of the best Android car stereos now come with Octa-Core processors which help to tackle speed and performance whilst multitasking. That’s right, an extra four processors compared to the quad-core car stereos. Alongside this, the Android Marshmallow 6.0 has acquired a haul load of other attractive features. The best way to explore these is to examine our Octa-Core range on our website.

    PB76ATTARP - Android 6.0 Multi Touch Screen Car Stereo Custom Fit for Audi TT MK2

    Android 6.0 Multi Touch Screen Car Stereo Custom Fit for Audi TT MK2

    So, what is the best car stereo for Android?

    As Android continue to develop their car stereos, it will always be the latest release which is deemed to be the best. That’s because interactive, in-car head units are quickly becoming the hub of any car. With recent developments including 4G technology, GPS, external microphones and the like, car stereos have come a long way and will continue to surpass our expectations.

    To summarise, it’s hard to look beyond the Android Marshmallow 6.0 Octa-Core car stereo for the best Android car stereo on the market. Despite this, some may identify with a simplified version and opt for an older model with less complex features. Price may also play an important role in the final decision too. But, if it’s quality performance and modification you’re looking for, look no further than the Android Marshmallow 6.0.

    For more on our Android car stereo range, click here

  • WinCE Car Stereos at Xtrons

    WinCE Car Stereos

    Windows CE (WinCE) derived from the Microsoft Windows operating system but has been engineered to include or embed itself on more space-constrained devices such as car stereo head units.

     

    The familiar user interface and recognisable features of Windows are the WinCE car stereo’s most endearing qualities, because so many people are used to operating with it.

    There’s no doubt that WinCE provide a commendable, admirable and interactive car stereo solution, with credibility in the multitasking and performance categories. However, we wanted to take a closer look at what the WinCE car stereos at Xtrons can do.

     

    New WinCE Car stereos

     

    The new WinCE car stereos at Xtrons have more features than ever, yet still maintain the swiftness and smoothness of a Microsoft product.

     

    PDAB7146B - Here are the capabilities of the WinCE, custom fit for BMW & Rover:

    WinCE Car Stereo for BMW WinCE car stereo for BMW

     

    Screen

    This head unit has a 7” HD ready digital touch screen with an impressive 800*480 screen resolution. Perfect for maximising the crispness you’ve come to expect from digital devices. With a screen-mirroring function enabling you to sync your smartphone to the unit, the touch screen comes in to its own with many accessible functions.

     

    Engine

    Fuelled by the powerful 800MHZ Cortex A7 processor, this car WinCE car stereo packs speed and performance which betters anything that came before it. By developing the efficient heat dissipation, it allows the unit to perform to new levels and exhaust the additional heat created.

     

    Built-In

    As standard, this BMW WinCE car stereo comes with a built-in DVD player providing the cinematic experience for the comfort of your very own car. It also has an SD card portal, allowing for the exchange of any other files o information. It also has USB port to be able to connect, upload or download any files. The USB port doubles as a way of connecting to the internet via a 3G or 4G Wi-Fi dongle. There’s also the option to connect via the Bluetooth 4.0 feature.

     

    External

    Both reversing cameras and journey recorders are compatible with this WinCE car stereo. Each of these additions can improve your driving experience and safety. External microphones can be added to improve safety, as it allows you to make hands-free calls.

     

    Audio

    The ability to tune in to DAB has become somewhat of a necessity and with an optional DAB+ dongle your unit cold benefit form better sound quality and signal for DAB radio channels. Dongle aside, the unit has RDS enabled giving you access to many FM and AM stations as well as live updates. Turn up your station to a mega 1.5V in various sound modes such as rock & pop!

     

    For further detailed information of the above features, and more, please read the ‘Description’ section of each product.

     

    WinCE car stereo summary:

     

    WinCE car stereos are more than capable of competing in the in-car entertainment market. By expanding their features, making themselves more accessible, they are an attractive slightly cheaper alternative to the latest Android head units.

     

    There’s a real essence of reliability and performance when it comes to anything produced by Microsoft. Their wealth of experience and digital know-how carries over into these head units and they are continuing to embrace new technologies and keep up with additions, as they come to market.

     

    Shop our WinCE range now >

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