Thursday, March 26, 2015

This iPhone 6 Plus Custom Dash Kit Is The Sleekest There Is!

Soundman Enterprises inc has been known to make stunning custom dash kits for various smartphones and tablets. Last year they made kits you can purchase for the iPad Air and iPad Mini. The custom kits require fabrication skills to install but the finished product is bound to be stunning if done correctly.

So when the iPhone 6 Plus was announced it only seemed like a matter of time before dash mounts for the 5.5-inch device started hitting the market. Soundman has been selling their own dash kit (iPhone 6 Plus SIDE SLIDER Kit) for a while now and it looks great.

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Slow Rollout Of Android 5.0 Lollipop Causing Delays In Android Auto Adoption

Android Auto was delivered to customers over the last few weeks via Pioneer NEX head units. But the in-car software from Google requires a smartphone running Android 5.0 Lollipop. With the 'fragmented' nature of Google's mobile operating system, not all Android users have been able to avail of Android Auto yet.

Although quite a few of the latest Android smartphones have received the Lollipop update, there are many users still waiting for their smartphone manufacturers or carriers to rollout the update for their phones.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

[BREAKING] First Generation NEX Users Could Get Android Auto Using Custom Firmware

Just a few minutes ago I posted about a custom firmware listing on eBay for Pioneer AVH-4000NEX head units which brings the latest second generation firmware to those head units. Second generation firmware means Google Android Auto gets enabled for the first generation models.

Turns out, there is custom firmware available for other head units like the AVIC-8000NEX and AVIC-6000NEX. More details are after the break.

[BREAKING] eBay Listing Claims Custom Firmware For AVH-4000NEX Enables Google Android Auto

There is an eBay listing for a custom firmware update for the Pioneer AVH-4000NEX that enables Google Android Auto on the first generation device.

If you remember, Pioneer upset almost all of their first generation NEX customers when they announced second generation devices at CES 2015 earlier this year. The second generation head units have Android Auto capability which first generation devices did not get. No official firmware updates will be released to enable Android Auto on the older models.

But the eBay listing claims to offer the latest in-car technology software to older devices. Full details are below.

First Firmware Updates For Second Generation NEX Head Units Released

Pioneer Electronics has just released the first set of firmware updates for all five second generation NEX head units. The firmware version 1.03 has a few improvements including expanded compatibility with Google Android Auto.

So if you own one of these NEX head units; AVIC-8100NEX, AVIC-7100NEX, AVIC-6100NEX, AVIC-5100NEX or AVH-4100NEX, then continue reading after the break.

Watch This Pioneer AVH-4100NEX User Walkthrough Video [Video]

Pioneer's latest AVH-4100NEX is the lowest price second generation NEX receiver available at the moment. The device is capable of doing both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Since becoming available for purchase a few days back, there have been a few user videos floating around on YouTube showcasing the device. One such video is from 'SIKGTP', which shows an AVH-4100NEX installed in a 2008 GMC Sierra.

Watch the video below...

Protect Your Pioneer AVIC-6100NEX & AVIC-5100NEX Using The Detachable Faceplate

Detachable faceplates are almost unheard of in double-DIN head units. But Pioneer allows NEX users to protect their AVIC-6100NEX and AVIC-5100NEX by using this feature. First generation AVIC-6000NEX and AVIC-5000NEX receivers also have detachable faceplates.

To detach the faceplate (or button bar) of your device, follow these steps...

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

NEX Head Unit's Protruding Button Bar May Serve An Additional Purpose

When Pioneer showed off the AppRadio 4 (SPH-DA120) last year, the 'flat face' design made the device look different. Compared to the previous generation AppRadio 3, the newer model had lost its button bar with physical buttons to a flush design with touch keys.

However, Pioneer has retained the button bar in their second generation NEX devices (AVIC-8100NEX, AVIC-7100NEX, & AVH-4100NEX), just like the first generation models. The 'Home' button remains a physical button while the others are touch keys. Nothing's been changed.

But apart from serving as a bar of buttons, the protruding lip-like design may serve an additional purpose.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Buy Pioneer's Newest Flagship Head Unit, AVIC-8100NEX, For Only $929.95 [Deals]

Pioneer's second generation NEX head units are available for sale from various vendors. These receivers are capable of Android Auto as well as Apple CarPlay along with a wide range of features like AppRadio Mode, Navigation, multiple media inputs etc., and a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen.

Although the head unit has a suggested retail price of $1400, you can purchase a brand new device for well under $1000 at this time. That's a savings of almost $500!

Amazon has the AVIC-8100NEX listed by 'StereoforU' for $929.95. Supplies are limited and may not last very long. Sales tax may be added in certain states and shipping is FREE. It ships only to the United States.

Click the affiliate link below to be taken to the offer listing page on Amazon. The latest prices on all of the latest smartphone car head units are included in the right column on this website...

Thursday, March 12, 2015

First Android Auto Head Units To Reach Customers Via Pioneer NEX

For those of you eagerly waiting for more information and end-user experiences on Google's Android Auto, the wait might soon be over. Pioneer Electronics has begun shipping its second-generation NEX head units to third-party resellers, authorized dealers and customers. Three of the five NEX receivers are Android Auto-capable.