CES 2011: Parrot Asteroid brings Android to your dash

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Parrot might have made a name for itself with its remote controlled AR.Drone (which didn't make it under our Christmas tree, dammit), but at the company's core is its range of automotive connectivity devices. However, it's newest creation is Parrot's most ambitious yet – a stereo head unit running Android.

The Parrot Asteroid (geddit?) comes equipped with a 3.2-inch screen, jog wheel, mic and SD card slot, along with standard Android buttons for menu and back. What's more intriguing are the pre-installed apps and what's on the back. The rear sports four USB inputs, one dedicated to an iDevice and another ready to accept a portable data card to connected to the internet. But more importantly, Parrot will be releasing an SDK to developers so they can create their own apps and sell them through a yet-to-be-established Parrot Asteroid store. Parrot hasn't put a price tag on the Asteroid, but it expects sales to begin in the U.S. in Q2 of this year.

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