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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

GROM Audio wishes a Happy New Year!

Let the New Year be full of music and the ears of everyone should be filled with the pleasing sounds of harmony and accords. See off the old year and welcome the year with the joyous and rhythmical sounds of foot-tapping music.

GROM Audio welcomes you to the world of music and leads you through the paths of sounds on the road.  We always endeavor to make products that turn life easier, convenient and entertaining. We do understand the importance of music and hence strive to make the effects even more impressive through our products.
Every product created by GROM is in compliance with CE and FCC to assure you the genuine and uncompromised American quality.  Moreover, they are developed in such a way that they ensure the driver’s safety, ease as well as entertainment to offer a wholesome musical experience while on the go. So when it comes to “music on the gothe name that arrives first at the forefront is GROM Audio.
GROM Audio once again wishes you all the very best on the eve of the New Year and hopes you have a very safe, sound and musical years ahead of you.
Happy New Year!

From the entire GROM Audio team

Monday, December 29, 2014

Keeping Your Calm While Listening To Music during This Holiday Season

So, it is that time of the year – Holiday season!  

As we are excited and jolly during this time, there is always the downside… getting stuck on the road with the holiday traffic!

One way of going through those tough periods of frustrating road experiences and letting go all your stress is to listen to some good music during this hectic time of the year to calm your driving experience.

Listening to music in your car can be limiting, but you can always stream your favorite internet music stations via Bluetooth streaming. If your car is not equipped with Bluetooth streaming functions, please take a look at some of the options we offer at GROM Audio.

GROM Audio offers a wide range of audio interfaces that gives you the ability to features such as high-quality audio through direct connection or wirelessly, hands-free calling and control of device through the steering wheel or stereo buttons.

So, this holiday season, bring the joy not only to your home, but also your car through GROM Audio devices and enhance your music listening experience like never before.

We wish you happy holidays and safe road journey during this time and upcoming year!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Enjoy the Holidays and Stay Safe on the Road

Holiday season brings with it a lot of joy, celebrations, shopping and fun.  

Enjoying this special time of the year and staying safe on the road can certainly play a vital part during the holiday season. Here are few simple tips to help you reach the destination safely:

a.            Have the car serviced and checked by mechanic
b.            Ensure you have all things required to tackle on emergency. These include torch, blanket, toolkit and more
c.            Prepare yourself. Avoid fatigue
d.            If you are drinking, do not drive.
e.            If children are on board ensure they are in child restraint
f.            Brush up your driving skills
g.            Check and ensure towing system are secure
h.            Maintain tire pressure
i.             Ensure all electrical connections are working well
j.             Check mirrors are adjusted correctly.
k.            And… use Bluetooth in the car!

Always connect your Smartphone in the car and take advantage of a number of safety features such as hands-free calling and receiving!

Happy Holidays~

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Holiday Food and Toy Drive For Helping Those in Need

While we celebrate the holiday season with our family and friends, enjoying tasty cuisines, decorating homes and gardens and spending huge amount on shopping, there are quite a few families around us, who struggle to survive. They do not celebrate the holiday season. In fact there is nothing new for them about the season.

To help the communities around us during the holiday season Non Profit Organization Samaritan House and Second Harvest Food bank has announced a Holiday Food and Toy Drive. GROM Audio is proud to be inviting the employees to donate non-perishable items.

While food is necessary for survival and living a healthy and happy life, the importance of toys from kid’s life cannot be ignored. However, the truth remains that many kids in Santa Clara and San Mateo Countries do not get the privilege to play with toys simply because their parents cannot afford them. 

Let’s join together and donate toys, new or old to bring a smile on a child’s face. Samaritan House Kicked off the first of their four thanksgiving food distribution and aims to feed 600 families. They are celebrating December 2 as giving Tuesday and would be giving toys, gift cards, cash, non perishable gift items and new kids clothing.  See details on their Facebook!

In order to feed the low income families and help them celebrate the holiday season by forgetting all their worries, Second Harvest food bank has set the good to provide 13000 turkeys. Till the time this blog went into publishing the number of turkeys donated was closing in on the 10000 mark.

Those who want to donate money can also do so by visiting the website of SecondHarvest Food Bank.  For every dollar one donates, 95 cents are sent to programs for feeding the low income families in need. If you are not financially strong, you can always be a volunteer and help in the process and coordination. Second Harvest Food Bank is looking for volunteers.

We would like to invite you to take a part in helping communities around us during this holiday season.
Happy Holidays!

Friday, October 3, 2014

GROM Audio releases updated adapter compatible with Apple's new iPhone 6

GROM Audio is excited to announce our new and improved audio adapter, the GROM-USB3. Our replacement to the USB2P, this new audio adapter has all the same features, with even better seamless integration and more compatibility!

With the release of Apple's new iPhone 6, early adopters are already looking for equipment to integrate with their new phone. The highly anticipated Apple release has been at the forefront of the technology industry for months and GROM has developed an adapter that will can integrate with the latest features the iPhone 6 creates.

Like the USB2P, the new USB3 delivers crystal clear sound quality through its seamless direct-connection. Apple users can now use the Apple USB cable to effortlessly connect their smartphone to their factory car stereo through their GROM adapter. Giving drivers connected-car features without the connected-car price tag, GROM continually delivers aftermarket solutions that allow drivers to utilize the most up-to-date technology while on-the-go!  

GROM will sell its USB2P through the end of October 2014, before officially converting to the new and improved USB3. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Revelocity Auto Expo 2014

GROM Audio will be one of the featured sponsor at the “Revelocity Auto Expo 2014”, taking place on October 11th.

As one of the largest auto events taking place in the Bay Area this year, this auto expo will showcase a board spectrum of car experts varying from manufacturers to race car teams.

As one of the sponsors, GROM Audio is excited to introduce the latest car kits, which are compatible with more than 30 car makes. At the GROM booth, attendees of the event will be able to watch live demonstrations, register for prizes and meet our very own model Felicia Salazar - http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/2779161/viewall.

GROM’s support team will be there to answer questions and explain the vast capabilities of GROM Audio's aftermarket audio adapters.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

GROM Audio Set to Participate in AutoTech's Developer Challenge

As one of the Bay Area's leading designers and manufacturers of aftermarket car audio solutions, GROM Audio is proud to be one of the newest sponsors of AutoTech's  Developer Challenge. As the goal of the AutoTech Council, this event continues to foster innovation within the auto industry, helping facilitate faster change to benefit the automotive industry as a whole. Through this interactive competition the Developer Challenge seeks to support the auto development community by finding new endeavors through gathering the skills of third party developers from around Silicon Valley.
As one of those third party developers, GROM Audio will partake in the challenge, while showcasing its team of talented developers and engineers. Set to take place, October 10th & 11th (Friday/Saturday), from 8:00AM-1:00PM, the Developer Challenge will be a competition format which will give contestants the opportunity to engage with potential partners, customers and car-tech enthusiasts. This preselected group of developers, are leaders within the connected-car application field—and have the potential to create the next great auto industry innovation. 
Gearing up for its first showing at the Developer Challenge, GROM Audio will showcase its own latest concept, the V-Line, while also participating in the hackathon. GROM's V-Line aftermarket infotainment solution, provides drivers with outdated in-car technology with the latest in car-connectivity. In an effort to supply current drivers with solutions to their in-car infotainment wants and needs, GROM Audio strives to provide affordable solutions instead of costly overhauls.
The event will kick-off (Friday) with the October AutoTech Council meeting, which will begin with a discussion of the industry's current unmet needs. After receiving feedback on consumers latest needs, developers will begin the 2-day challenge. AutoTech Council members will judge, award and distribute prizes upon the end of the hackathon.  

Thursday, September 11, 2014

GROM Audio Releases September Playlist

It's the beginning another month, which means it is monthly mix time! Each month GROM Audio is bringing our customers the latest in new music, giving you hand-picked playlists that encompasses the company's passion for music.

September means school is back in session, so this month GROM is brining listeners some youngsters who are hitting the books and the decks. This month, GROM's Soundcloud playlist features up-and-coming artists from around the world who are barely legal or gained recognition while they were still in school. Presenting European sensations like AlunaGeorge and CHVRCHES and American-bred 20-somethings like Le Youth and Banks, GROM Audio is excited to highlight new music to bring our customers more than just flawless sound quality and smartphone integration in the car!

Let us know what you think of our latest playlist! Follow us on twitter at @gromaudio and let us know the new artists you have been listening to!

Friday, September 5, 2014

GROM Audio to Sponsor the Magnussen Lexus AMPED Car Show

GROM Audio is excited to announce our latest car show sponsorship! Coming up next weekend, Magnussen Lexus of Fremont will be presenting the AMPED car show. As the largest Lexus car event in Northern California this year, this show will feature a variety of
different models of Lexus vehicles, new and old, detailed and stock, as well as sponsors who will create the latest innovation in car technology.

As one of the sponsors of this car show, GROM Audio is excited to introduce NorCal Lexus owners to  the our latest car kits, which are compatible with the majority of Lexus vehicles. At the GROM booth, attendees of the event will be able to watch live demonstrations, register for prizes and speak with our support team who will be able to answer questions and explain the vast capabilities of GROM Audio's aftermarket audio adapters. 

This highly sought after Lexus event is already sold out for registered feature vehicles, so leave early and expect crowds at the biggest Lexus car show in Northern California! Parking will be based on first come first serve and attendees who arrive in caravan will be given priority for parking. So find your fellow Lexus enthusiasts and head out to the Magnussen's AMPED Lexus car show! 

When: Sunday, September 14, 10AM-2PM
Where: Magnussen's Lexus of Fremont - 5600 Cushing Parkway, Fremont, CA 

Check the Club Lexus forum to find fellow enthusiasts planning to attend! 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

GROM releases new AUX adapter for your budget

GROM Audio is excited to announce the release of our newest aftermarket audio adapter the G-AUX! This easy-to-use adapter that will transform drivers' vehicles into mobile media centers. Giving drivers the ability to connect a variety of electronics, including Apple products such as  iPhone, iPad and iPod, this aftermarket solution provides consumers with crystal clear sound quality through the vehicle's speakers. Supplying drivers with the power to utilize applications stored on their multimedia device such as navigation, business look up, music streaming and many more, the GROM AUX adapter will transform your day-to-day driving experience.

Using the 3.5mm phone jack, drivers can connect the G-AUX main module through the auxiliary connector provided upon purchase, creating a direct-connection for seamless integration. Priced to fit your budget at $54.99, this audio adapter gives you everything you want and nothing you do not need. At a price that is affordable for anyone's budget, this adapter will transform your outdated stereo system into a modern media player!

Head over to gromaudio.com and grab the code for a special $10 off coupon for any of our GROM-USB2P or BT3 kits too. Available for this this holiday weekend only!!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Get Your End of Summer Music Fix with GROM Audio [Playlist]

The month of August represents that the end of summer, meaning the new school year is just around the corner, BBQ season is closing and cold weather is slowly approaching. But there is still time for you to get in your last hurrah with a road trip to your end of summer music festival. While the trend of music festivals has grown astronomically over the last few years, with attendance of infamous gatherings like Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo hitting the hundreds of thousands—there are still countless options for you to get your music fix without the crowds and the repeated lineups.

North Coast Music Festival
About: Celebrating its 5th anniversary, North Coast Festival takes place in downtown Chicago; giving attendees the vast city skyline as a backdrop to their music listening experience. Known for a plethora of electronic artists, this music festival brings Chicago a laundry list of big name EDM artists and up-and-coming underground acts alike.
When: August 29-31
Where: Chicago, IL
Who to see: Kid Kudi, STS9, Bassnectar, Snoop Dog, Alesso, Zeds Dead, Little Dragon*, Cashmere Cat, Future Islands, Keys'N Krates, Riff Raff, Talib Kweli

Austin City Limits
About: The long running Austin City Limits festival encompasses more than just a musical experience for attendees, with featured food trucks, art installations and a local market which showcases to essence of everything Austin. With a variety of genres showcased at this Texas festival, attendees can catch classic rock, indie, EDM and hip-hop acts over two back-to-back weekends.
When: October 3-5; 10-12
Where: Austin, TX
Who to see: Pearl Jam, Skrillex, Out Kast, Eminem, Beck, Foster the People. Lana Del Ray*, Chromeo, Childish Gambino, Major Lazer, The Avett Brothers, Sam Smith, Real Estate

Dimensions Festival
About: Known as one of Europe's largest underground music festivals, Dimensions is known for its impeccable sound systems and its picturesque beach locale. Popularized by the curation of countless unknown and up-and-coming electronic acts, this festival features of the sounds of tech, house, dubstep and drum & bass.
When: August 28 – September 1
Where: Pula, Croatia
Who to see: Warpaint, Caribou, DARKSIDE, Special Rewuest, The Internet, Nina Kraviz, Ben Klock, Theo Parrish, Kode 9, Mala, Floating Points, Omar

Electric Zoo
About: Founded in 2009 and taking place every Labor Day weekend, Electric Zoo music festival features a wide variety of electronic music act as well. Known for growing into one of the largest mainstream EDM in the United States, this musical experience has reached crowds of 150,000 over the years.
When: August 29 - 31
Where: New York, NY
Who to see: David Guetta, Dada Life, Carnage, Datsik, Jamie XX, Gorgon City, Fehrplay, Nervo, Kill Paris, Dirty South, Alesso, Kaskade, The Magician, UZ, Morgan Page, ATB

About: Coming up this weekend, this Montreal based music festival boasts some of the best urban artists of today. Featuring many of Canada's rising stars, this music festivals showcases main stage big names and unique unknowns alike.
When: August 15-16
Where: Montreal, Canada
Who to see: Dillion Francsis, Tiesto, Adventure Club, Iggy Azalea, The Knocks*, Tyga, Thomas Jack*, Juicy J, Seven Lions

GROM Audio has created an end of summer playlist to get your road trip to your festival started off right. Check our our summer inspired picks at our Soundcloud page and catch some tracks from featured artists at these upcoming festivals. Happy listening
(*featured on our August Playlist) 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Recycle with GROM Audio for a Cleaner World

While the West Coast suffers from one of the most severe droughts in decades, the environment stays at the forefront of everyone's minds. States like California and Nevada have begun imposing mandatory restrictions on water usage, making it clear that this is drastic weather is effecting people's day-to-day lives in more ways than one.

Based in Northern California, GROM Audio strives to be as environmentally conscious all the time. To do our part, to help prevent adding more unnecessary waste to California land which is already suffering, GROM provides our customers with the least equipment possible. By customizing our aftermarket car kits to our clients specific needs, we can reduce the amount of unneeded accessories, while making our customers' lives less cluttered with useless cords, connectors and other add-ons. Through our packaging, which is made of 100% recycled materials, we make an effort to provide minimal waste for our customers as well. By staying conscious about both our impact as a company and our customers impact by using our products,  GROM Audio hopes to help lower unnecessary production, that ultimately creates excess waste.

To help our customers reduce their own impact, GROM Audio always encourages our customers to return any equipment that is no longer used. Whether it is outdated or just cords that you ultimately decided not to use, we will always recycle them responsibly at no extra charge! To do so, contact GROM Audio at shipping@gromaudio.com and we will send you a prepaid shipping label for shipping within the U.S.

If you have old or unused equipment please return it to:

GROM Audio Recycle Program
P.O. Box 619
Belmont, CA 94002

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

GROM Launches Summer Music Playlist Series!

GROM Audio is excited to launch our new Summer playlist series! Combining a passion for technology and music, GROM Audio delivers drivers high quality aftermarket audio adapters that transform your in-car listening experience. Taking pride in building seamless integration systems, we have spent time and energy in creating the best sound quality available for aftermarket adapters.

So to help celebrate our passion for everything music, GROM Audio has launched a playlist series that will feature music from up-and-coming artists and well known musicians alike. Bringing our customers something to listen to while on the road, each month we will unveil a new playlist to get you moving.

Last month was the official launch of our Summer of music and we brought you a sunny feeling through uplifting tracks ranging from a variety of emerging artists. GROM will be bringing drivers these playlists through SoundCloud and music streaming application, which is compatible with all of our aftermarket interfaces. With hopes to introduce new music artists to our current and potential customers, our goal is to spread our love for music to more listeners.

Check out last month's playlist below—and stay tuned for new playlists at the start of every month. Looking to contribute reach us on Twitter or Facebook and let us know what songs you want to hear on our next playlist!

Summer is here with Grom Audio!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

GROM Audio Featured at Infamous Hot Import Nights Car Show

After an exciting first showing at a Hot Import Nights car show, GROM Audio is excited to reach new and current car enthusiasts from around the Bay Area. Held at the Santa Clara Convention Center, this was a car event to remember with beautifully customized import vehicles, hot up-and-coming models and live music—making it much more than your average car show.

GROM Audio hosted our own booth to help promote our latest aftermarket audio adapters and with major interest in our newest innovations, our team was able to showcase the future of GROM Audio. At this specific Hot Import Nights, aka HIN, car show, AT&T hosted a mobile app hackathon, which focused on connected cars. There, GROM was able to interact with some of Silicon Valley's brightest developers, many of whom were working to build upon innovation much like GROM's. Through this interactive aspect of the car show, attendees were able to see first-hand how programmers build upon, develop and master the latest cutting edge tools to give automotive companies the potential for connected cars. Helping spur a buzz about the latest in car connectivity, this hackathon gave attendees insight into how Silicon Valley may be emerging as the newest automotive epicenter.

While at the car show, GROM Audio featured a giveaway raffle for attendees to enter and win one of our Bluetooth car kits. After compiling countless entries, our team will be excited to announce the winner of the free Bluetooth audio adapter via Facebook later this week. Stay tuned to our social media pages for our latest company updates, future events and more contest for free merchandise!

GROM Audio would like to thank all of our supporters, current customers and newly introduced advocates from the HIN car show. Through your continued support, we are able to feature our latest innovations at car shows like these!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Listen to World Cup 2014 Coverage with GROM Audio

After months, if not years of anticipation, the 2014 World Cup if officially here. Hosted by Brazil, in Rio De Janerio, the world's biggest soccer tournament comes to fans every four years, giving the best players from every country the opportunity to prove they are world champions. As one of the most watched sporting events on the globe, the World Cup, brings sports fans and non fans together for the excitement of worldwide competition.

Thursday marked the start of the 64-game tournament and GROM Audio wanted to assure our customers that our car audio adapters will allow you to listen to the games wherever you may go. With the FIFA World Cup app, avid soccer fans or newly interested World Cup devotees can get the scoop on the behind the scenes action or the sideline play-by-play through FIFA's virtual World Cup stadium. Creating a global a conversation, fans can use the #joinin hashtag to see the latest trending topics for World Cup Brazil.

Starting the competition off Thursday afternoon, Brazil took on Croatia (3-1) for the opening game, with the US's first game on Monday, June 16.  How do you will the US do without their long time veteran Landon Donovan?

Over the weekend expect some heated battles with Spain took on the Netherlands on Friday (5-1) and England vs. Italy on Saturday before Germany goes up against Portugal on Monday, before the US take center stage. Ensuring you don't miss a second while on-the-go, GROM Audio is ready to bring you all the action while your on the road!

#Joinin the World Cup 2014 conversation with #gromaudio!

Monday, June 9, 2014

How To: GROM Audio explains downloading music to your Android device

For Apple users, uploading and downloading music to and from iTunes seems to be almost automatic. With over 13 years since the release of the first generation iPod, it is no surprise iTunes is still going strong. But other providers have made leaps when it comes to music on-the-go, giving consumers a choice when it comes to music mobility. Google's Android operating system has seen a serious influx of users over the past few years, making the Google Play application key component to Android users' listening experience.

As the first aftermarket car audio company to provide seamless integration of Android devices to factory car stereos, GROM Audio wants to ensure all of our users can listen to their music library while driving. Through just a few easy steps, GROM Audio can show you how download music from your computer to your Android device, allowing drivers to take control of their music selection!

For Windows Users:
  1. Connect your computer to your Android device using a USB cable
    - If you are prompted to select a USB connection option on your device, select Media Device (MTP)
  2. Locate the music files on your computer and drag to your device's music folder

For Mac Users:
  1. Download and install Android File Transfer to your computer
  2. Connect your computer to your Android device using a USB cable
    - If you are prompted to select a USB connection option on your device, select Media Device (MTP)
  3. Locate music files on your computer and drag them to your device's music folder via Android File Transfer
After you have downloaded music to your Android phone, you can use GROM Audio's AALinQ application, a music player created to function seamlessly with our adapter.

To use the AALinQ app, download it from the Google Play marketplace. (Just search for the AALinQ in the Google Play search box)

1. Open the app, go to Settings
2. Tap "Music home folder" to specify what folder you want AALinQ to take the music from
Please note: Usually AALinQ will grab all the music that you have on your phone, but sometimes you still need to adjust the destination music folder for AALinQ

Start using AALinQ!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

GROM Audio: The Beginning of a Start Up Company

Connected Car Infotainment System by GROM
Based in the heart of Silicon Valley, GROM Audio understands the vast progression of technology and startup culture. With countless entrepreneurs flocking to the Bay Area to begin their latest venture, the competition is stiff and setting yourself apart can be even tougher. As a new technology company ourselves, we strive to deliver exceptional products which build on innovation and as GROM continues to grow, our team learns about the pitfalls of creating innovation from scratch.

Now as we prepare to unveil our latest aftermarket auto solution, which will transform outdated stock stereos into connected car systems, our team is working tirelessly to stand out in the sea of technology startups and giants alike. As we embark on our latest venture, we have found that building a community of shared knowledge is the best way to continue to create innovation. These are some tips that have helped GROM Audio grow!

1.) Setting Yourself Apart

  • Since technology has allowed people to sell, market and reach consumers without having to purchase a storefront, starting a company is easier than ever. This means there is countless competition, whether legitimate or not.
2.) Funding
  • Determining where to find money—whether it is a business loan, crowdsourcing or finding investors—to be a successful company, you must have "seed" money. While there are many ways to achieve funding, for many startups it is hard to finding right investment for your vision.
  • Understanding the funding processes when reaching out to investors—who are the right investors, what do they receive for their investment, when do they receive it, etc.
3.) Knowing the right way to spend your investments
  • Once, if ever, you receive an investment for your vision, where does that money go? To design? Production? Or getting your brand name out there? What if you don't have a brand identity yet? Do you spend money on creating a recognizable logo or do you spend money on creating the product?
  • Prioritizing within a startup can be very difficult and hard to navigate when you are beginning. Deciding where to start can be challenging… want some advice, well a consultant costs a pretty penny too. 

4.) Forming a startup team
  • Many startups begin from the idea for a product or service, like GROM Audio. But the idea to create a product that can transform your driving experience is not a business plan. Forming a team that can design, manufacture, market and generate revenue to continue production; all on a typically small starting budget is one of the hardest aspects of the startup culture.
Stay tuned for more tips as GROM Audio prepares to unveil our next car audio solution, on our path to aftermarket audio innovation! 

Monday, May 12, 2014

GROM Audio is supporting Bimmerfest opportunity drawing this year!

With a passion for transforming the in-car entertainment and connectivity, GROM Audio strives to create the best after-market audio products for a plethora of car makes and models.

Understanding that people spend countless hours in the car, we strive to convert your commute from daunting to delightful.

By supporting fellow car enthusiasts, GROM Audio hopes to impact more drivers and this year our Silicon Valley based company is proud to support Bimmerfest 2014.

As the largest BMW car show in North America, Bimmerfest aims to provide BMW owners and fans with the latest in the car industry. From vintage models to the latest specs, BMW fans will have the ultimate experience at Bimmerfest 2014.

To show our genuine support for the event, GROM Audio has donated a $500 gift certificate to the Bimmerfest opportunity drawing; supporting the New Beginnings Counselling Center.  The charity raffle gives Bimmerfest attendees the chance to win many car-oriented prizes, making the annual event even sweeter than before. 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Another Successful Showing for GROM Audio at the Annual Volvo Car Show

After a successful showing at this year's 16th Annual Volvo Car Show and Swap Meet in Davis, CA,  GROM Audio is happy to return to Silicon Valley with new aftermarket audio enthusiasts! Returning to California's infamous Volvo showcase, we were able to demonstrate the latest features of our audio adapters.

It was a beautiful day in Davis, filled with excitement about old a new Volvos alike—giving GROM Audio the opportunity to show Volvo fans the potential of aftermarket technology. As one of this year's platinum sponsors, GROM Audio had the honor of sponsoring the Best Technology award and the winner received one of our aftermarket car audio adapters.

Throughout the day attendees of the car show, dubbed the Sweet Sixteen, were able to see the evolution of the design of Volvo vehicles and the technological advances added throughout the progression of each model. From some of the oldest models to the latest specs, the Volvo brand has been at the forefront of its time and GROM Audio was there to help show Volvo drivers how we can transform outdated models with the latest aftermarket technology!

Thanks to event coordinator, Justin, for hosting another amazing event!

Monday, April 21, 2014

GROM Audio Reaches 5k Facebook Likes

It's official, the GROM Audio Facebook page has reached its 5000th "like", meaning our contest for a free car kit is now over. The GROM team would like to congratulate Tobias Halkvist in winning his own customized car audio adapter and helping us reach our latest goal.

It is with the support of our loyal customers that GROM Audio can continue to create aftermarket car audio adapters that can transform your in-car driving experience. Understanding drivers do not want to spend the costly prices of system overhauls, GROM Audio hopes to keep growing to better deliver affordable aftermarket solutions to more drivers on the road. With plans to release our latest product, the GROM-VL1, this summer, we appreciate that our fans and customer base continues expand. The VL1 will ultimately transform a factory car stereo into infotainment system, allowing drivers the latest technology while on-the-go!

Thank you to all of our Facebook fans for supporting GROM Audio and please stay tuned for updates on the GROM-VL1!

Monday, March 31, 2014

GROM Audio Hosts Successful Silicon Valley Automotive Open Source Meet Up

Last week GROM Audio hosted the Silicon Valley Automotive Open Source Meet Up event with special guest speaker, QNX Senior Automotive Product Manager, Kerry Johnson. As first time hosts of the event, the GROM Audio corporate office was a full house of Meet Up group members dedicated to learning the latest about in-vehicle infotainment (IVI). Serving as a network to connect a variety backgrounds ranging from engineers to entrepreneurs, the over 65 attendees met to listen to Johnson speak about Qt, the latest cross-platform application framework for desktop, embedded and mobile i.e. even infotainment.

Event host, ICS Liaison, Peter Mui opened the event with a few words just after 7:15, before GROM founder Dmitry Borisov stepped in to thank guests for coming, while also introducing many attendees of GROM's aftermarket infotainment solutions.

GROM Audio Founder, Dimtry Borisov introduces guest speaker. 
Starting the discussion with a background of QNX software, Kerry Johnson discussed the importance of open source and sharing knowledge to help better technology.
"These Meet Ups help us come together and move forward,"Johnson said.

Qt, which was developed as an open source project, follows this idea, according to Johnson, who discussed that the framework can integrate with a wide variety of platforms including the most popular iOS, Android, OS X and Windows. Working well with other languages, widgets and interfaces, Qt integrates to create faster transitions, better 2D & 3D graphics and quick speech references.

"An infotainment system is the integration of a lot of things, there are all kinds of things that need to be brought together," Johnson continued.
Guest speaker, QNX Senior Automotive Product Manager, Kerry Johnson

According to the 25-year industry veteran, Qt can better in-car infotainment integration, but safety will be biggest challenge for car manufacturers to overcome. Safety certification is crucial in moving forward with connected cars and according to Johnson OEMs are creating the hold, while they wait for Google and Apple. But with Qt integration automakers do not have to lock into a specific OS like Android or iOS, although it is unclear if Apple's CarPlay will support Qt.

Although the feature of connected cars is still very vague, it is clear that consumer electronics will continue to blend with the auto industry, creating smarter cars, smarter drivers and one day driverless vehicles.

"I love to see things change, but the reality is it will take a while," Johnson said.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

GROM Audio to Sponsor Booth at the 16th Annual Volvo Car Show

GROM Audio is proud to announce we will once again partake in California's annual Volvo car show. Dubbed the Sweet Sixteen, this year's 16th annual car show and swap meet will showcase the latest technology within the auto industry, while GROM Audio sponsors our own booth.

At the GROM Audio booth, attendees can see live demonstrations of our newest audio adapters, including our new infotainment interfaces, which give drivers the ability to integrate entertainment and information in the car through their own smartphone. With vehicle-specific adapters for not only Volvo, but over 30 other car makes,  GROM Audio provides drivers with affordable options to stay up-to-date with the most modern technology.

The annual event, held in Davis, CA, continually receives countless attendees looking to get a sneak peek into the next generation of auto technology, making it the perfect place to present our newest projects. While showcasing and demonstrating our audio adapters, the GROM booth will also feature a competition for Best Audio and Technology for sponsors as well as a raffle giveaway for attendees to have a chance to win a free GROM Volvo car kit!

Event Details:
What: 16th Annual Davis Car Show and Swap Meet
When: April 6, 9AM-1PM
Tickets: Purchase Here

Friday, February 28, 2014

GROM Audio Hosts an Open Meet Up Event to Discuss Silicon Valley Automotive Open Source

GROM Audio is excited to announce it will host the latest Silicon Valley Automotive Open Source Meet Up event at our office in Belmont, CA. The open event will focus on QNX, OS and Qt development for auto implementation, with a very special industry leading speaker. GROM will showcase our plethora of car audio adapters along with the newest open source infotainment systems, helping attendees understand the future of technology in the auto industry.

QNX Software Systems, Senior Automotive Product Manager, Kerry Johnson will be traveling from Ottawa to discuss with Meet Up attendees QNX's Real Time Operating System (RTOS) and Qt for automotive development. The company is one of the leading software brands for the auto industry, working with GM, Onstar, Toyota and Audi, to name a few. As knowledgeable industry representative, Johnson will highlight the vast opportunities to integrate technology with the auto industry outside infotainment, giving coders, car company reps and hobbyist in attendance an excellent insight in what is to come.

Through presentations, demonstrations and implementation of In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) attendees can better understand the latest auto technology transforming today's cars, while also connection with fellow industry people. 


Silicon Valley Automotive Open Source Meet Up Details:

When: Thursday, March 27, 7-9PM

Where: GROM Audio Offices - 519 Marine View St.  Suite G, Belmont, CA


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

GROM Audio Helps Old and New Car Owners with Their Car Audio Issues

As auto industry continues to forge into new technologies, consumers expect their older vehicles to be out of date; when it comes to telematics aka information and communication technology. While drivers with vehicles from the early 2000s understand their car does not come equipped with the necessary functionality to access infotainment, many drivers assume newer cars come standard with auxiliary input, Bluetooth capabilities, GPS and so on. While these are features we can easily access on our smartphone, they are not features that many newer 2012, 2013 and even 2014 cars come equipped with.

Because drivers have come accustom to these features, GROM Audio has spent time to update many of our products to have compatibility with new vehicles. With a plethora of car audio adapters, which will transform stock stereo systems into infotainment centers, ranging from the GROM-AND2 for Android users, GROM-USB2P for Apple, USB and many other multimedia devices and the GROM-BT3 for Bluetooth capabilities, our after-market car audio company seeks to provide infotainment to as many drivers as possible.

For drivers who have recently purchased a new car that now has a stereo system that seems almost obsolete, it is frustrating consider the costly prices of upgrading an entire sound system. GROM Audio provides these drivers with a solution to their new car issues, giving drivers affordable choices to update their factory car stereo. With new compatibility for Mitsubishi and Peugeot vehicles as well as new model years for variety of cars including Infiniti, Volvo and Citroen, GROM Audio delivers new and old car owners audio solutions catered to their specific needs.

For a full compatibility list with our latest audio adapter updates please see: http://www.gromaudio.com/grom_application_guide.pdf

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Transform Your Driving Expereince Through Your Smartphone

While many automotive companies are looking to update their vehicles with the latest technology, meaning infotainment systems, these upgrades come with a price tag and a plethora bugs which need to be worked out. Vehicle companies like Volvo and Audi have begun to reveal new cars with their versions of in-car infotainment, which come along with a learning curve that is not necessarily intuitive or easy to use.

So what if you could use your own smartphone, tablet or other multimedia device to transform your current vehicle into an infotainment center?

GROM Audio allows drivers to do just that, giving you a variety of options to adapt your factory car stereo system into a modern infotainment center. Through GROM's car audio adapters, drivers can avoid glitches that will be sure to come with these new built-in infotainment centers, giving drivers the ability to use device they are already accustom to. Through audio adapters such as the GROM-USB2P, GROM-AND2 and the GROM-BT3, drivers can utilize the same combination of information and entertainment including music streaming, navigation, hands-free calling, weather and business look-up.

Therefore, rather than enduring the costly prices of upgrading your vehicle or even buying a new car, drivers can find a solution to their desire for infotainment while on-the-go through GROM Audio. With multiple audio adapter solutions for over 30+ car makes and models ranging from 1991-2013, GROM strives to provide affordable options to modern car audio technology.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Convert Your Current Car Stereo System Into An Infotainment Center

Today we expect technology to be at our fingertips everywhere we go, including while we are on-the-go in our vehicles. Therefore, new cars have begun to come equipped with infotainment centers, which combine the need for entertainment and information in one easy-to-use interface.

But what if you do not want to purchase a new car or upgrade your entire sound system to benefit from these new technological advances?

GROM Audio has your infotainment solution, without the costly prices of making those unnecessary vehicle or sound system purchases. Through a variety of vehicle specific car audio adapters GROM delivers drivers the same combination of entertainment and information through Bluetooth wireless capabilities or direct connection. Providing drivers with infotainment solutions for vehicles ranging from 1991-2013, GROM Audio's car kits allow drivers to stream music, make hands-free calls, access voice turn-by-turn navigation and much more.

Giving drivers customizable solutions to their car audio issues, GROM strives to fix your in-car listening problems, while giving you the latest modern technology while driving. With the ability to implement a plethora applications from your smartphone, tablet or other multimedia device drivers can access even more infotainment than ever through GROM's car audio adapters.

So rather than toying with the idea of making a costly purchase to upgrade your in-car listening experience, let GROM Audio help transform your current factory car stereo into exactly what you want. Through easy installation and intuitive functionality GROM car kits will bring your vehicle up-to-date with the latest car audio technology!

Monday, January 13, 2014

GROM Audio Launches New Car Kit Compatible with Mitsubishi and Peugeot

GROM Audio is preparing for a huge 2014, launching new products, incorporating new car makes and models and fine-tuning our current equipment. So to start the New Year off, we are proud to announce new car kits which allow for Mitsubishi and Peugeot compatibility!

Now Mitsubishi and Peugeot drivers can enjoy the same in-car listening experience as our current users, making their daily drive safer and much more entertaining. Through our new car audio adapters, these drivers can connect their Smartphone, MP3 player, tablet or USB mass storage device for all their car audio needs.  Direct connection or wireless connectivity, allow drivers to utilize the vast functionality of GROM Audio car kits, now giving Mitsubishi and Peugeot drivers modern technology they formerly could not take advantage of.

The newest compatible car models include:
1998-1999 3000GT
1998-2004 Diamante
1998-2009 Galant
1998-2005 Montero
2003-2006 Outlander
2004-2012 Endeavor
1997-2002 Mirage
2002-2007 Lancer
2000-2012 Eclipse
2011-2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
2010-2014 Mitsubishi RVR (Japan market)
2011-2014 Mitsubishi ASX    (Europe, Australia, Latin America, the Caribbean market)
2007-2012 Peugeot 4007
2012-2014 Peugeot 4008
2007-2012 Citroen C-Crosser
2012-2014 Citroen Aircross
2008-2014 Lancer
2008-2013 Outlander

Now GROM gives drivers of these vehicles the option to incorporate Bluetooth for hands-free calling and wireless audio, Android or Apple Smartphones for a application usage and the ability to connect USB sticks for hours of music listening! So this New Year, let GROM Audio help transform your vehicle's stereo system from outdated to modern.

Estimated ship date for all new purchases will be January 25th.