Touchscreen Display w/Remote Control Internet 3G Applications Built-in Bluetooth USB/SD/iPod Integration Audio Section
Touchscreen Display w/ Remote Control
5" Touchscreen Display: The Parrot Asteroid Tablet
features a 5.0" touchscreen widescreen (16:9) display. The unit's touchscreen
features interactive controls & icons making menu navigation easy. You can
adjust the touchscreen's brightness and switch from Day or Night mode. The
Asteroid Tablet comes with a suction-cup mounting bracket to install the
touchscreen display to the windshield or dash of your vehicle. Once the
touchscreen display is mounted, it can be adjusted on the ball-and-socket
bracket for best visibility.
Note: The touchscreen display measures 5.25" (w) x
3.5625" (h) x
Remote Control: The Parrot Asteroid Tablet also comes with a remote control
which features 4-buttons and a touch-pad. The remote can operate source,
playback, and Bluetooth functions. The remote control comes with a bracket to
mount it to your steering wheel or dash (within arms-reach of the driver). The remote operates off of the included CR2032 3V
Note: The remote control measures 2.0" (w) x 1.8125" (h) x
Hide-Away Box: The Parrot Asteroid Tablet also includes a hide-away box
which contains most the device's connections (3 USB Ports, Line-In, 2 Line-Outs,
Display connector, SWC-connector, Wiring-harness). The hide-away box can be located behind your vehicle's factory radio
or under the dash.
Note: The hide-away box measures 5.9375" (w) x 1.1875"
(h) x 4.5" (d).
Installation: Installing the Parrot Asteroid Tablet is done by inserting
it between your car's factory stereo and speaker system. The Asteroid Tablet can
be installed in almost any vehicle audio system and is fitted with ISO
connectors. However, the majority of North American car manufacturers use other
types of connectors. Many professional installers work around this by
simply splicing the Asteroid Tablet's wiring harness into the factory audio
system. Others, however, prefer to use a
T-harness solution that can make installing the Parrot Asteroid Tablet a lot
simpler. Please consult Crutchfield's
Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible and if there is a
T-harness adapter available.
Note: Although not required for installation, the T-harness
does simplify the installation. Inexperienced installers may have difficulty
hardwiring the kit without the T-harness adapter. You can download car
installation example guides from
Steering Wheel Control Interface: A
steering wheel control interface (333UNIKA, sold
separately) can be used to connect your vehicle's
steering wheel controls to the Parrot Asteroid Tablet. With this interface, you
will be able to make phone calls via the steering wheel controls while keeping
your hands on the wheel. This
steering wheel control interface is compatible with over 200 vehicle models from
34 different automotive brands.
Parking Brake Detection: To prevent the display of video
while the vehicle is in motion, the bright green wire (within the harness) must
be connected to the vehicle's parking brake detection circuit. You cannot view
video unless your vehicle's parking brake is engaged. Some advanced menu options
and apps are not available, unless parking brake is engaged. While your vehicle
is in motion (parking brake off), you can still control music sources, view
song/artist information and album artwork from music sources, control Bluetooth
functions, and use the navigation apps.
Note: All functions requiring increased attention should
only be used while your vehicle is stationary. Driver & passenger safety,
along with the safety of fellow drivers should take priority over phone
calls, music, & navigation instructions.
Android OS: The Parrot Asteroid Tablet features an embedded
Android 2.3 operating system which allows the use of downloadable Internet
applications & navigation services from the
Asteroid Market, thanks to its 3G, WiFI, and GPS capabilities.
Note: Use of the Parrot Asteroid Tablet's Internet apps
requires the use of a 3G Network USB dongle (sold separately) or
Bluetooth-enabled smartphone which is 3G compatible.
Internet 3G & WiFi Compatible: The Parrot Asteroid Tablet can
connect to the Internet using either a 3G Network USB dongle (sold separately)
or using a compatible Bluetooth-enabled smartphone's 3G data sharing network
connection. When your vehicle is stopped, the unit can also connect to the
Internet via its built-in WiFi when in close proximity to a WiFi hotspot.
- 3G Internet/USB dongle: Click
for 3G Stick Compatibility. To guarantee optimal reception, Parrot
recommends you do not connect your 3G Internet USB dongle on the Parrot
Asteroid Tablet directly; use the USB cable to install your device on the
dashboard (or any other open area).
- Bluetooth-Enabled 3G Smartphone: Click
for compatible Bluetooth enabled 3G smartphones.
- Built-in WiFi: Built-in WiFi for connection to
available WiFi hotspots around your area (vehicle must be stopped).
Note: Connecting the Parrot Asteroid Tablet to the Internet
using an 3G Network USB dongle requires an appropriate subscription & may
provider for more information. Make sure you check regularly your allowance
GPS Receiver/Antenna: The Parrot Asteroid Tablet features an
integrated GPS receiver/antenna that works in conjunction with the unit's
built-in navigation and driver assistance apps.
Internet Apps from the Asteroid Market: Several types of
Internet Apps (music, geo-location, driver assistance, weather, etc) from the
Asteroid Market can be downloaded onto the Parrot Asteroid Tablet, using an
SD-card. First you will need to create an Asteroid Market account and register
your device from your computer. Once you have registered the Asteroid Tablet, you
can then download applications from the Asteroid Market onto an SD-card inserted
into your computer. Once you have finished downloading the apps you want, insert
the SD-card into the Asteroid Tablet receiver to upload the new applications.
Note: The Parrot Asteroid Tablet is a multitasking device, so
several applications can run simultaneously. To ensure that you do not
continue to use 3G data, make sure to close applications. The use of some
applications may require a fee or need a subscription. All applications may
not be available in all countries.
Travel Apps: The Parrot Asteroid Tablet offers several travel
type applications to help you along your drive.
- Maps (free): The Maps application informs you about
traffic, gives you POI's around your current location, and even offers to
guide you to them via its on-screen map. This app does not offer
turn-by-turn audible directions.
- iGo Primo North America ($24.99): iGO primo is a voice guided
turn-by-turn navigation application that helps you to get to your
destination quickly, easily and safely. iGO primo navigation provide
reliable maps (of USA/Canada), straightforward destination entry, high
quality route calculation, and easy to follow guidance. Internet connection
is not needed (except at the first launch of the application) for navigation
as the maps reside on the device, so there are no hidden costs and no
surprises due to roaming fees. 6 GB of free space is required to install
- Roadtrip (free): Roadtrip is an application combining
the beautiful photos of Panoramio, tourist information from Wikipedia, and
Google Maps. It allows you to (1) Be alerted of tourist points of interest
around your location (2) Receive information on tourist places of interest
(3) Hear the summary of the point of interest and weather forecast vocally
(4) To call some points of interest and even goes to them.
- Wikango HD US (free download + subscription): The
Wikango HD application legally notifies you of the presence of mobile speed
cameras, as well as of road traffic incidents and disruptions. Its operating
principle is community-based; you are notified of the presence of speed
cameras after another Wikango community member sees one and
then reports it. 6 months of Wikango service is included free of charge.
Additional 12 months service is $24.99.
- Glympse (free): Glympse is the easiest way to safely
share your location with someone in real time. No sign-up needed and no new
social network to manage. Recipients receive a link allowing them to view
your ETA and location in real-time for the length of time you choose. When
the timer on your Glympse expires, your location is no longer visible. Best
of all, recipients do not need any special software to view a Glympse. Send
a Glympse via SMS, email, Facebook, or Twitter and recipients can view it
using any web-enabled device.
Parking Apps: The Parrot Asteroid Tablet offers parking apps
to make parking easier when you travel.
- Best Parking (free): BestParking is a free parking
search engine that steers drivers toward the cheapest and most convenient
parking garages and lots in 55 cities and 80 airports throughout North
- Parkopedia ($1.99): The name Parkopedia is a
combination of the words parking and encyclopedia. Born out of a frustration
of looking for parking, this application maps out and lists every parking
space in the world. To date, Parkopedia has grown to cover over 18 million
parking spaces in 25 countries around the world thanks to contributions from
other drivers. Use this app to (1) find parking using your current location
or by entering and address (2) get directions straight to the space or an
entrance (3) see parking space availability in real-time (4) find opening
hours, up to date prices, payment methods and more (5) quickly narrow down
parking choices using filters such as street parking only, free, credit
cards accepted, covered, etc..
Internet Radio: The Parrot Asteroid Tablet provides access
to TuneIn and Spotify online music services.
- TuneIn Radio App (free): TuneIn is a free way to listen to
music, sports and news from every corner of the earth, with over 70,000 radio
stations and 2 million on-demand programs.
- Spotify (free download + $9.99 monthly subscription): Spotify is
a digital music service that gives you on-demand access to one of the
largest music libraries in the world (over 15 million tracks and counting).
Spotify makes it easier than ever to discover, manage, and share music with
Weather App (free): The Weather app informs you of
conditions and weather forecasts for several days around your position or in any
city on the world.
Web Browser: The Asteroid Tablet's Browser App can be used to
browse internet web pages. Simply type in a URL address or keyword search to
bring your the web page. You can use slide your finder along the screen to
browse different areas of the web page. You can also zoom in and out on a web
page. You can open up to eight browser windows. You can even bookmark your
favorite web pages.
Email: You can configure your email account with the Parrot
Asteroid Tablet, so you can check your email on the unit's touchscreen display.
Pre-Installed Tools: The Asteroid Tablet contains a built-in
Calculator and Diary app.
- Clock: Displays time (hr/min) and date (day/month/date)
and offers multiple alarm functions.
- Calculator: Use the calculator keys displayed on the
screen to carry out basic mathematical operations.
- Diary: Use the Diary application to create and manage
events, meetings and appointments.
Bluetooth Technology: The Parrot Asteroid Tablet features
built-in Bluetooth (ver. 2.1+EDR) for advanced hands-free communication &
wireless audio streaming. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your
phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain
profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:
- Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.5 (Hands Free Profile),
HSP 1.0 (Handset Profile), OPP 1.1 (Object Push Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone
Book Access Profile).
- Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution
Profile), AVRCP 1.3 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
Note: The Parrot Asteroid is 100% Bluetooth compatible with
virtually every Bluetooth-enabled cell phone, smartphone, PDA, & tablet
(including Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android, and Blackberry). You can visit
Support Site to confirm that your cell phone is compatible.
Pairing: You can pair up to 10 devices with the Parrot
Asteroid Tablet. The Asteroid Tablet allows you to use the telephone & audio
streaming functions from two different smartphones without having to disconnect
one of them.
Hands-Free Communication: The Parrot Asteroid Tablet supports
Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The
Asteroid Tablet's touchscreen can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming
call, or end a call. You can listen to phone calls through your vehicle's
speakers and talk through the Asteroid Tablet's external microphone. The Parrot
Asteroid Tablet can retrieve phonebook contacts, and call history from your
Bluetooth enabled mobile phone.
Call Waiting & Caller ID: During a call, you can receive
another call if your phone supports this functionality. If your Bluetooth
enabled cell-phone supports Caller I.D., the caller's name (if in phonebook)
will be announced to you over your vehicle's speakers. The Asteroid Tablet also displays the name (if in phonebook).
Double External Microphone: The Parrot Asteroid Tablet
features an external double microphone with noise reduction (NR 3.0), echo
cancellation (AEC), and full duplex operation which provides crystal clear calls
at normal conversation level. The microphone features an integrated adjustable
mounting bracket with an adhesive backing. The integrated bracket also features
a mounting hole to attach the microphone with an optional self-tapping screw. In
addition, the microphone comes supplied with a visor clip to mount to your
vehicle's sun-visor. The ideal location for the microphone is near the rear-view
mirror. The microphone needs to be pointed towards the user.
Note: You can mute the head unit's microphone so you can
still hear the caller, but the caller cannot hear you.
Wireless Audio Streaming: The Parrot Asteroid Tablet also
supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth
enabled audio player or smartphone. The Asteroid Tablet will be able to control
basic playback functions of your Bluetooth device's stored music and music apps;
such as Play/Pause & Skip Next/Previous. The head unit will also display your
stored music and music apps song information; such as Artist name and Song/Album
title. Advanced music control of your music will still need be done via your
Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. All audio will played back through your car's
speakers (front & back).
Note: When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress
from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so
you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will
USB Memory/SD-Card Compatible: The Parrot Asteroid Tablet
supports playback of USB mass storage class devices and SD/SDHC memory cards.
- 3 USB Ports: The Parrot Asteroid Tablet's hide-away box
is equipped with 3 USB (type-A) ports. The USB (type-A) ports can be used to
connect the included GPS receiver/antenna for navigation, a 3G Network USB
dongle for access to Internet apps, and a USB memory device or iPod/iPhone
for music playback. The Asteroid is compatible with the majority of 3G
Network USB dongles, Android smartphones, iPod/iPhones, portable digital
audio players, USB thumbdrives, and external hard drives. Use the included 5'
USB extension cable to make connecting & disconnecting your USB device or
Internet (3G) USB dongle easier.
- SD-Card Slot: The Parrot Asteroid Tablet's touchscreen
display is equipped with a side-panel SD-card slot. The SD-card slot
supports playback of music files stored on SD or SDHC memory cards (up to
32GB). Tablet SD/SDHC & micro SD/SDHC memory cards are compatible with adapter
Compatible Audio/Video Formats: The Parrot Asteroid Tablet supports
playback MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, and OGG music files loaded onto a compatible USB
mass storage class device or SD/SDHC memory card (formatted in FAT32). The
Asteroid Tablet also supports playback of MP2, MP4, H263, H264, WMV, and SPARK
video files stored on a SD/SDHC memory card. In addition, JPEG still-image
playback is supported via SD/SDHC memory card.
Note: Video can only be
displayed when the vehicle's parking brake is engaged.
Apple Device Direct Connection: Any of the Parrot Asteroid
Tablet's USB ports can be used to connect your iPod/iPhone to the unit, via
the included iPod cable or the connector cable which comes with your
iPod/iPhone. If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone
5; use the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to
the unit. The Asteroid supports audio playback of stored music from your
iPod/iPhone device and music apps from your compatible iPhone.
Note: Several minutes of loading may be necessary when
connecting your audio device (USB/SD/iPod) to the Parrot Asteroid Tablet for
the first time, particularly if you are using audio peripheral with a large
capacity or containing many audio files. This loading time will allow your
audio files to be accessible via voice recognition.
Music Control: You can browse your USB device, SD/SDHC-Card,
and iPod/iPhone music files by Artist, Album, Song, Genre, or Playlist. Once you
have selected a category, the music content is listed alphabetically.
Voice Recognition: The Voice Recognition function allows you
to select the artist/album you want to hear via voice recognition. You can
simply access your music by pronouncing the name of the artist/album stored in
your music library and the music will be launched automatically. This function
is only available if you are using the Parrot Asteroid Tablet with a USB, SD, or
Information Display: The Asteroid Tablet will display your
iPod/iPhone's stored music and music app song/artist information. The unit will
also display ID3-tags and WMA-tags from USB mass storage class devices and
SD/SDHC memory cards.
Charging: USB portable audio devices that can be charged via
USB will be charged when plugged into the receiver's USB port (5V/1A), and the
vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On. The unit also charges your
connected iPod/iPhone device (but not the iPad). If your device has no initial
battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.
iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Parrot Asteroid is
"Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone/iPad
model functions (as of 3/5/2013):
| Apple Device || Generation || Tested Version || Connectivity || Media Type || Control Type || Display Type || Charge |
| Dock || Bluetooth || 3G || Audio || Video || Unit || iPod/iPhone || Album Art || Song Info || Track # |
| iPhone || 2G || 3.1.3 || Y || Phone only || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 3G || 4.2.1 || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 3GS || 5.1.1 || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 4 || 6.1.2 || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 4S || 6.1.2 || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 5 || 6.1.2 || Y* || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| touch || 1st || 2.2.1 || Y || N || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 2nd || 4.2.1 || Y || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 3rd || 5.1.1 || Y || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 4th || 6.1.2 || Y || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 5th || 6.1.2 || Y* || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| nano || 1st || 1.3.1 || Y || N || N || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 2nd || 1.1.3 || Y || N || N || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 3rd || 1.1.3 || Y || N || N || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 4th || 1.0.4 || Y || N || N || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 5th || 1.0.2 || Y || N || N || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 6th || 1.2 PC || Y || N || N || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 7th || 1.02 PC || Y* || N || N || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| classic || 80GB || 1.1.2 || Y || N || N || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 120GB || 2.0.1 || Y || N || N || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 160GB || 2.0.4 || Y || N || N || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| video || 5th || 1.3 || Y || N || N || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| iPad || 1 || 5.1.1 || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 2 || 6.1.2 || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 3 || 6.1.2 || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 4 || 6.1.2 || Y* || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| Tablet || 6.1.2 || Y* || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
- *If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), iPhone 5,
iPad 4 or iPad Tablet; use the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your
Apple device to connect to the unit. These Apple devices only
support audio playback (no video output)
- Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results.
If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head
unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work,
you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.
Software/Firmware Updates (via USB): You can download the
latest software/firmware updates for free from the
Parrot Support website via a USB thumbdrive. The USB thumbdrive (containing
the software/firmware download) is then inserted into the Asteroid Tablet's USB
(type-A) port. These updates will enable you to receive new features & improve
the product's compatibility. The tested Parrot Asteroid Tablet contained
firmware/software version 1.0.0 (as of 3/5/2013).
MOSFET Amplifier: The Parrot Asteroid Tablet is equipped with
a 47W (Peak) x 4Ch MOSFET amplifier. You can use the Asteroid Tablet's built-in
amplifier to power your factory audio system, or bypass its built-in amp and
keep your vehicle's factory amplification.
Equalizer: The Parrot Asteroid Tablet allows you to adjust
low, medium, and high frequencies to your preferences. 10 EQ presets (Off,
Vocal, Pop, Club, Punchy, Deep, Crystal, Custom 1/2/3) are available. The Custom
presets activate the 7-band EQ (60, 150, 400, 1k, 2k, 6k, 15k Hz).
Car Spatialization: For a better sound-stage you can select
your optimal listening position. You can choose from All, Front Left, Front
Right or Front. You can also manually adjust the fader & balance control.
Virtual Super Bass Effect: The Virtual Super Bass effect
amplifies bass frequencies. The Cutoff Frequency setting allows you to select
the bass cutoff frequency for the speakers (the lowest frequency that the
speakers can generate naturally). The Virtual Super Bass will then reproduce the
frequencies that are lower than this cutoff frequency. The Effect Intensity
setting allows you to adjust the level of bass frequencies generated by the
Virtual Super Bass effect.
Loudness: The Loudness function
is a dynamic adjustment of bass & treble based on listening volume. This
function compensates for the human ear's loss of sensitivity to bass & treble
frequencies when the volume is low.
Audio Connections: The Parrot Asteroid Tablet is equipped with an
3.5mm auxiliary input and two 3.5mm line-level outputs on the rear-panel of its
- AUX Input: The Parrot Asteroid Tablet's hide-away box is
fitted with a rear-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input for connecting an external
audio player (such as a portable MP3 player). Audio cable not included.
- Dual Line-Level Outputs: The Parrot Asteroid Tablet's hide-away box
contains two 3.5mm line-level outputs (front & rear) that connect to the
line-level inputs of an external amplifier in your car audio system. Audio
cables not included. Most external amplifiers feature RCA line-level inputs,
so you will need a Tabletjack-to-RCA adapter or cable.
- Speaker-Level Outputs: The included wiring harness contains
speaker-level output leads to tie into your vehicle's factory audio system.