Sony Car Audio allows you to mirror your Xperia and control by voice

by XB on 17th October 2013

in Accessories, Videos


Sony Car Audio XperiaCar manufacturers are slowly adopting smartphone integration into their cars, driven by consumer demand. People are used to the power and flexibility that a smartphone offers and car owners want similar integration, creating a ‘connected car’ environment and bypassing often clunky proprietary in-car systems.

Sony Car Audio (USA) gets round this by connecting to a smartphone via MirrorLink. This allows the Smartphone’s display to be mirrored by the in-car system. Using App Remote on the smartphone allows you to control the navigation, music and video apps using voice commands. This also includes expanded text-read-out functions for incoming SMS/E-mail and Twitter/Facebook/Calendar notifications. Sounds like a neat idea, especially if it creates a safer driving environment.

  • Guest

    this is where SONY leverages the competition. they own alot of entertainment divisions, it’s about time they merge into ONE.

  • lunkz

    Sony brings new possibility to use your Smartphone with your other devices and no one bats an eye. Apple announce the iPhone 5c and everyone loses their minds.

  • Muhammad Zohaib Rizwani

    Wait does this mean I can use google maps on this too?

  • Tech Gospel

    Useless advantage if they don’t sell their ecosystem in all markets. Phones, no accessories, rare car audio, older TV models, and hardly any home audio in the Philippines.

  • azeez

    only if they actually make an Android based Car-Stereo

  • Ambroos

    The advantage Sony has over simply all other brands is that they go for integration through open technologies, not by creating proprietary standards.

    If you buy Sony products you can count on integration since they all implement the same open standards, but nothing stops you from using other brands or other brands from implementing the same standards.

    MirrorLink is an open standard (based on VNC) that is also used by Nokia and other companies (Sony was one of the first on the Android side). Miracast is a perfect example of an open standard that is now being implemented by many but was first implemented by Sony. You can use NFC to pair any Sony Mobile accessory to any NFC smartphone, no matter what brand.

    With Sony products you have the advantage of assured compatibility with other Sony products and additional compatibility with many other products through open standards. You get the best of simply all worlds.

  • AsadMulla

    retro fit head unit are dying. new cars now have their own systems which cant be replaced. Car manufacturer’s need to bring in these technologies.

  • the_black_dragon

    yep, you got it ;)

  • Krishna

    I’ve had this installed in my car recently. It’s other features and everything work like a charm most of the time, and even gets software updates which you can install. But the main gripe with the Mirrorlink app, which is what it uses to connect your phone is that it makes the phone’s screen switched on whilst it’s connected to the car unit. It does charge the phone with a slow power output like a computer usb connection, but the phone gets extremely hot after a short period of time because the processor is working throughout, and the screen is on. They need to resolve this issue. There is no point having your phone screen switched on whilst the car unit is mirroring exactly what’s on the phone. And oh, you can only connect with via a USB cable, hope they do a Miracast for it soon.

  • Purnama

    how about apple maps? :))

  • Wolf0491

    It asked me to install this other day when my bluetooth connected to car. I can’t get voice command to work though. Doesn’t ask to read out SMS either. Maybe the unit in my car is just to old?

  • psyche

    old news. had this 8 months ago

  • racrepus

    Insanity isn’t it. And proof how biased the media is and how they can put a spin on anything.

  • Howard

    Make a car panel dock for Ultra and I’m impressed…

  • bigshynepo

    I couldn’t believe all the bias and slanted reviews, hands-ons and comments about Sony’s new detachable smartphone camera lenses. These products are amazing, a totally new market and unlike anything else out there yet review after review seemed to just compare them to using a regular camera or a DSLR. Between the media and the consumer, society are total slaves to marketing and the “internet mob mentality”. If people would use some of these cool new products and features, I think the impressions would be overwhelmingly positive.

  • bigshynepo

    “The advantage Sony has over simply all other brands is that they go for
    integration through open technologies, not by creating proprietary
    standards.”

    This made me chuckle. I love Sony but remember this is the company that brought us… Betamax, Minidisc, Memorystick, Digital Audio Tapes, ATRAC, UMDs, Vita Memory and one of my old, personal favorites… *shudder* Sonicstage.

    They have changed their business practices dramatically but Sony used to be the king of Proprietary.

  • Rob

    Then why didn’t you tell anybody about it?! :P

  • Rob

    You can’t drive off a cliff on your own? :P

  • Hjopp

    Theres a difference between driving technology forward and trying to create proprietary and locked down versions of existing stuff.

    If you can’t see the difference then there’s not much hope for you.

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  • Babylonbwoy

    Yesterday on french tv they were showing smartphones with good photos capabilities, they showed Lumia 1020, Galaxy Zoom, an iPhone with detachable lens just like the Z1 but no words about Sony… People working on medias are all about Mac and Apple, they find that it’s hype to have one… Same for the Sammy smartwatch and Apple plans to make one but they don’t know that Sony is releasing the third generation of connected smartwatch!

  • the_black_dragon

    ROFL xDDDDDDD Mady my Day :D

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  • PowerSonic

    who uses sms now?

  • PowerSonic

    u r right ofcourse. sony used to be the king of proprietary, but now look like they have learnt their lesson and got to understand ppl more..

  • jakobdz

    that what i love sony creative and have not problem with other manufactures <3

  • bigshynepo

    So, out of the formats listed above, which ones moved technology forward? Every tech listed above was made obsolete by Sony or a competing product.
    What point are you trying to make?

  • psyche

    I originally saw it during CES 2013. Funny you say that though. I shouldn’t have to tell people. Sony marketing is nonexistent in the states, or so it appears to me.

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