+ Saturday July 20th, 2019

Kenwood Android Auto
It’s been a long time coming since Kenwood announced to Ausdroid that their Android Auto head units were coming, but arrived they have (last month actually) and you can now purchase them from your local car audio retailer.

There’s two main models available – the DDX916WS and DNX-8160DABSN – while a third, the DDX916WS will be heading to Toyota,Subaru and Mitsubishi Vehicles as an OEM solution – yep, they’ll be the head unit installed in your new car if you buy one.

The DDX916WS starts at just over $1,000 but comes with great features including a capacitive touch screen. But if money is no object then the DNX-8160DABSN at $1,800 is a better option with built-in GARMIN Navigation System.


7″ Capacitive LED touch screen
Bluetooth HFP1.6
Dual Phone Hands Free
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
Wifi “Air” Mirroring ready (Miracast and Apple Airplay)Requires KCA-WL100 option (RRP $129)
DAB+ Digital Tuner includes Antenna
13 Band EQ
Digital Time Alignment
High Resolution Audio
AAC Music Streaming(iOS)
5V,RCA Pre-out x 3
Dual USB -Max 1.5A Charging
USB Video out to ext monitor
Dual Camera Inputs
Direct OEM Steering Wheel Remote
Air Gesture Feature
GARMIN Navigation System Built IN

Scott is a pretty big fan of his Pioneer Android Auto setup, and we’re looking into getting a review unit installed to take a look at Kenwoods implementation. Even more car manufacturers are installing Android Auto (and Apple CarPlay) in their vehicles, so finally car entertainment systems are getting smarter.

If you’re in the market for a new car stereo, head into your local dealer and see if they can order you one of these units.

Daniel Tyson  


Dan is a die-hard Android fan. Some might even call him a lunatic. He's been an Android user since Android was a thing, and if there's a phone that's run Android, chances are he owns it (his Nexus collection is second-to-none) or has used it.

Dan's dedication to Ausdroid is without question, and he has represented us at some of the biggest international events in our industry including Google I/O, Mobile World Congress, CES and IFA.

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Newcastle Guardian

Someone in their marketing department needs a good kick in the …..



Wait gimme a sec


They’re dreaming. I’ll stick with my Android headunits from China worth ~$350AUD still kicking it after close to 3 years of daily use.


How much !???

The screen is 800 x 480, which even the chinese stopped using, USB 2, Bluetooth 3, and the CPU isn’t mentioned (though the SD support is limited to 32GB). I don’t care how good the audio stage is, it’s worth a max of $200 in parts.

This is a $400 unit they are trying to price at $1800. I look forward to Google unshackling Android Auto so it can be installed on any Android headunit – the sooner that happens the sooner the rout stops.

Jack Alltrades
Jack Alltrades

Tell them they are dreaming !!

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