Second In Car Android Device Surfaces By Innotrends

Posted on Sep 15 2011 - 10:55pm by Kyle

Our good friend Chris Chavez at Phandroid found this scoop over at Extremetech.  A company called Innotrends is bringing a true in-dash Android powered head unit to market called Ca-Fi.  The unit is about the size of a car battery and has some amazing specs.

Ca-Fi runs on a 1.2ghz processor with a 6.2 inch 800×480 touchscreen display. It also has a dvd/cd player, BlueTooth, USB slot, 2 microSD slots and integrated 3G radios. You can listen to your tunes from a variety of sources including the CD/DVD player, your ipod or other mp3 player via USB, or directly off the internet.  You can also use Google Navigation’s turn by turn directions.

The downside is that Phandroid is reporting the unit uses an outdated double-DIN slot that’s hard to find on US automobiles made after 1990, but heck if you’re pimpin your parents 1986 caravan you may be in luck. The din slot was apparently popular from the 1960′s to the 1990′s.

Ca-Fi will be available in the UK later this year but will have a price tag of roughly $1000

Source: ExtremeTech via the Mighty Chris Chavez at Phandroid

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  • ss_crz

    Double DIN is pretty standard for any aftermarket navigation solution. The factory built-in fascia usually covers the slot, and needs to be replaced. Odd that you post it is outdated.

  • The Car God

    I have seen several versions of this article on different site now, and it annoys me. In general there are as many if not more cars that come with a stock double din head unit then without. My 2007 Mazda 3 certainly does, so does my 2007 Chevy Cobalt, along with every ford and general motors vehicle I have worked on in the past 10 years. In the future I expect that as the Infotainment industry takes off most manufacturers will be using double-din head units, even if its only to appease the idea of changing out the stock head unit with a aftermarket one like this. I’m sure there are plenty of people out there who are ok with having a tiny screen or a large screen that slides out of there dash which are the only options for a single din to have a advanced touch screen interface like this. Really who cares if your viewing screen blocks your air vents or climate controls. In my opinion the only viable solution to having a infotainment system is a double din unit.

    A Android based double din head unit is Brilliant. If this was available to buy Id have ordered 2 of them last night. The list of uses in my head for a double din andoid bassed headunit with 3g has not stopped churning since I decided to upgrade my stereo. For example. having a In car wifi hot spot, and apps like Google maps / Navigation, Pandora, Yelp, I heart radio, Vlingo or any other text to speech system for making hands free phone calls and reading me emails. To be completely honst when I started to think about upgrading my stock stereo the first thing that popped into my mind was a Android os fitted into my dashboard. I am truly disappointed that it is not available yet.