LAS VEGAS -- Car stereo manufacturer JVC Kenwood is joining the ranks offering Google and Apple's unique brands of smartphone integration with the announcement of the Kenwood DDX9902S.
The DDX 9902S will feature both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support when it ships, in addition to Kenwood's full array of digital media sources. We've already seen how both of these smartphone connectivity systems work, and the Kenwood unit packs no surprises. Simply connect a supported iPhone 5 or 6 or Android Lollipop device and the receiver's interface will automatically give touchscreen control over to the smartphone.
In addition to the Apple and Google systems, the DDX 9902S is a fully featured in-dash multimedia receiver with a full gamut of audio sources, including USB, built-in control for Pandora and iHeart Radio, and more. The receiver also features an MHL-compatible HDMI input and is upgradable to support Wireless HDMI. MirrorLink, however, appears to be missing from the list of supported protocols.
JVC Kenwood has announced neither a date of availability nor a price for the DDX9902, but we expect the unit to hit the market in mid-2015, just in time to do battle withand