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#90255 17-Sep-2011 14:45
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Hi there, I saw this today and thought it would be suitable to post here.

"Aftermarket infotainment and stereo solutions for cars have largely died off here in the US. Innotrends has cooked up an Android-powered box, called Ca-Fi, that might have you wishing this little in-dash computer could find a home in your vinyl-covered panel. The 1.2GHz chip inside pushes Gingerbread to the 6.2-inch touch screen for pulling up directions, playing tunes and performing searches using the integrated 3G radio. Of course, as ExtremeTech points out, the double-DIN slot used by the Ca-Fi has been largely abandoned by car makers (particularly in America). But hey, if you've been looking for a way to spruce up that Nova rusting away in your garage, this could be it. We just hope you're the patient type -- Ca-Fi isn't expected to launch until Spring of 2012 and will be a Europe only affair at first. Head on after the break for one more pic and some PR. "

Looks interesting, I might get one if and when they come out.

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  #522344 17-Sep-2011 15:03
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It's a shame it's so far from launch - if that was on the market now I'd be first in line.

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  #522361 17-Sep-2011 15:24
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Yeah looks pretty handy.


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  #522500 17-Sep-2011 23:22
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At least one of the 2-din car DVD/GPS etc manufacturers (Roadrover) have been making Android units for a while now:

(Their site seems to be appalling slow, and not all of it translates using Google Translate).

I guess these guys (Ca-Fi) must be OEM'ing this or a similar unit to non-Chinese markets.

I've got one of their Win CE based units, not a bad piece of kit.

I would guess that we'll see a trend in these type of units to Android away from Win CE which many of the current units seemed to be based on given that Android is free. However I'm not entirely sure that the manufacturers actually pay for the versions on Win CE they use currently...

The Engadget article does rightly note though that many more recent vehicles don't have 2-Din slots available on them anymore. Although I note that Roadrover (and other manufacturers doing the same thing) does make custom fit units for more common models (eg Rav 4 etc).

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#522643 18-Sep-2011 13:41
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sbiddle: It's a shame it's so far from launch - if that was on the market now I'd be first in line.

Considering I'm much bigger in stature, you would be second.  I'd be first after pushing you over, stealing your wallet and/or other gadgets. 

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  #522704 18-Sep-2011 17:46
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very nice!

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  #522750 18-Sep-2011 20:55
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The app running on it is CarHome Ultra which I use, it's quite good.

Experimenting with a new music app called Car Music as it has nice big buttons to press.

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