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.parrot.com/au