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Android-based Honda Connect debuts for CR-V, Civic (pictures)

Honda used the Paris Motor Show to debut its new Honda Connect infotainment system, letting owners install apps on this Android OS-based system.

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PARIS -- This tiled homescreen shows one of the interface options for the new Honda Connect infotainment system, which will be available in the European versions of the CR-V and Civic.

Honda debuted the new system at the Paris Motor Show -- check out all our coverage here.

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This more conventional icon-based screen is another option. The system is built on the Android OS and runs on an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor.

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The icons of the Garmin Navigator app will be familiar to many drivers.

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Garmin's destination icons are colorful and easy to read.

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Maps, stored locally on the head unit, can be shown in top-down or perspective views.

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Honda Connect lets owners install apps and widgets. As the system is Android-based, many apps will be available.

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The system comes with a built-in Web browser, although it will not operate when the car is in motion.

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The dedicated Honda app store, available from the head unit, lets Honda curate and control which apps are available.

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The demo units available at the Paris Motor Show had Aha, Aupeo and some unbranded apps for the road.

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The Honda store gives you access to some apps from Google Play.

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The Aha app, built into the head unit, runs faster than systems which integrate it from a smartphone.

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The head unit can make vehicle diagnostics available, allowing an app to show trip information.

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The head unit also includes stereo controls and a Bluetooth hands-free phone system.

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