Sony Launches a New Affordable Head Unit with Android Auto and CarPlay

The adoption of Android Auto and CarPlay is obviously on the rise, and it’s no wonder why. These systems make it a lot more convenient (and safer too!) to use navigation apps, handle phone calls, or listen to your favorite tunes behind the wheel, and since they come pre-loaded with the mobile phones in our pockets, the experience is as straightforward as it can be.
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Installing Android Auto and CarPlay in cars that don’t support these systems is much easier than you’d be tempted to believe at first.

In most cases, everything comes down to just getting a new aftermarket head unit, and if you’re a tech-savvy person and don’t need professional help for installation, the whole upgrade doesn’t cost more than a few hundred dollars.

Sony, for example, has recently launched another affordable AV receiver that makes a very good case for upgrading to Android Auto and CarPlay.

The double-DIN XAV-AX3200 boasts a 6.95-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth integration, a 1.5A port for charging your phone, and a built-in 4-channel amplifier to connect your stereo system. And of course, it also allows you to plug in a parking camera, as such gadgets have become a must-have for modern drivers these days.

The essential feature package is therefore entirely there, and given this head unit only costs $299.99, it’s one of the most affordable ways to get Android Auto and CarPlay in your car.

Of course, only the wired mode is supported, but it’s not like this is a huge drawback anyway. Most people who use the two apps in the wireless mode end up plugging in their phones because they want an extra charge while driving, so at the end of the day, a cable is still required no matter what version of Android Auto and CarPlay is available in your vehicle.

The new Sony head unit will go on sale in December this year in select markets.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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