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Blue­tooth King Pin Par­rot has an­nounced a soft­ware up­date to the company’s As­ter­oid Smart and Tablet sys­tems. The free soft­ware up­date just re­leased is in its 2.3 ver­sion and ad­dresses a num­ber of is­sues with a view to en­hance the over­all user ex­pe­ri­ence.

The new soft­ware of­fers a num­ber of new fea­tures in­clud­ing the ca­pa­bil­ity to ac­ti­vate a num­ber of func­tions and apps, such as mu­sic se­lec­tion, via voice com­mand. As per CarPlay, com­mand-based in-car func­tion­al­ity will con­tinue to in­crease in its adop­tion and Par­rot has ad­dressed the need with this new soft­ware.

In­com­ing phone calls can be ‘ac­cepted’ or ‘re­jected’ via voice com­mand with the lat­ter op­tion ac­ti­vat­ing an au­to­matic per­son­alised text mes­sage that can op­tioned to be sent to the caller.

Also con­ve­niently – and it must be said that all th­ese fea­tures ob­vi­ously en­hance on-road safety – any in­com­ing text mes­sages can be read out loud via the car’s audio sys­tem us­ing Par­rot’s ‘voice syn­the­sis’ fea­ture which clearly ex­trap­o­lates text in­for­ma­tion to audio sig­nal. When avail­able (de­pend­ing on a com­pat­i­ble net­work and phone model) sound qual­ity is en­hanced via Par­rot’s HD Audio fea­ture.

Sim­i­larly, sim­ply say­ing ‘ap­pli­ca­tion’ and then the name of the app will launch it au­to­mat­i­cally. If the app is not in­stalled, the unit will au­to­mat­i­cally go the Par­rot As­ter­oid Mar­ket and down­load the app.

An ex­clu­sive fea­ture to the As­ter­oid Smart, ra­dio sta­tion search is made easy via the same voice op­er­abil­ity. Just say the fre­quency of the sta­tion and the As­ter­oid will search for it and lock in on it. Mu­sic be­ing played prior to stop­ping the ve­hi­cle will au­to­mat­i­cally recom­mence from the same point once re-start oc­curs whether from file play­back, or via an an­cil­lary player or from an SD card.

All the fea­tures are eas­ily ac­cessed via a new wid­get ‘Dash­board’ in­cluded in the soft­ware up­date which al­lows easy view­ing of all the As­ter­oid’s fea­tures and apps.

Fur­ther video play­back fea­tures will also now be avail­able such as cam­era con­nec­tiv­ity via USB (for ‘live’ images on the As­ter­oid’s clear high-def touch screen) while a ‘Black’ screen can be se­lected when night driv­ing to avoid dis­tratc­tions. Apps can still op­er­ate as per nor­mal when ‘Black’ screen is se­lected.

Over­all this soft­ware up­date of­fers a re­fresh­ing new fea­tures list which trans­forms the al­ready com­pre­hen­sive As­ter­oid Smart and Tablet into even more com­pe­tent head units. As­ter­oid Smart & Tablet soft­ware up­date Price: Free Con­tact: Par­rot on 03 9694 4414 Link: www.par­

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