By now we’re all used to seeing head-units that hook up to an iPhone and allow full control direct from the dash, but what about Android smartphones?
Well, thankfully the top brass at Kenwood have seen to this little conundrum majestically, and have duly presented the world with the Android friendly KDC-BT52U.
At last, Android has touched down in your car! Just connect your Android phone via the unit’s USB terminal and download the free Kenwood Music Control App to enable seamless integration of your smartphone’s music direct to the BT52U. Album info and art is also available on the screen, just like your iPhone bredrins. Simple! It’s been a long time coming but thanks to Kenwood, if you’ve got an Android smartphone then this is the head-unit you’ve been waiting for.
Single-DIN units can still look damn sexy, and Kenwood have gone and proved it with this latest offering. The BT52U looks smooth, has an LCD screen that is refreshingly packed with info you’d get on a 2-DIN jobby and even has more modern style fonts to make sure you’re not stuck in the dark ages. And, seeing as CDs haven’t quite slipped into musical history just yet, Kenwood have kept the CD port on for easy listening, too.
Need to talk while on the move? Then you’ll love theBT52U’s slick Parrot Bluetooth hands-free system, where you’ll get quick and simple phone integration directly via your car’s audio system. When your phone receives an incoming call, a large display shows clearly who is calling from your phone book and when answered, music playback is faded out to a pause whilst you take a call – no there’s need to ﬁddle around with volume controls!
As well as its looks, Android compatibility and advanced Bluetooth tech, this unit also boasts a 4×50-watt built-in ampliﬁer to power your car’s music, while 3 RCA pre-outs will see to the need if you want your system to get serious. There are front mounted USB and AUX terminals for quick plug and play ease of use, and you can blend the unit into your dash lights with multiple screen and key illumination choices. It’s the perfect product!
So you’ve sussed the features, but what do you do if you want the unit for your ride? Well, you get on the Kenwood KDC-BT52U page on their website or ﬁnd your nearest dealer and buy it, of course!