Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Apple CarPlay Causing More Buzz Than Google Android Auto [Poll Results]

Recently, we conducted a poll for two weeks asking "which in-car technology are you more excited about?" The poll results were lopsided in favor of Apple CarPlay over Google Android Auto. Here are the detailed results.
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Kenwood Says Their Smartphone Integration Is Better Than CarPlay

The excitement surrounding Apple CarPlay is almost palpable. Apple made potential customers even happier when it recently announced that CarPlay will come to the aftermarket providing a much affordable solution. Included in Apple's aftermarket plans were Pioneer and Alpine.

The other big player in the aftermarket, Kenwood, isn't holding back in taking a jab at the situation. See what Kenwood senior marketing manager, Scott Caswell, had to say about CarPlay-like technology and how Kenwood's existing technology stacks up against it...

GM Will Bring Wireless Phone Charging To Some Cadillac Vehicles [Video]

General Motors has been in the news for all the wrong reasons in recent times. The latest announcement from them is a bit of good news though. The automaker has announced plans of bringing wireless phone charging to few of their vehicles this year.

Launching this Fall, the 2015 Cadillac ATS sport sedan and coupe will feature wireless charging of smartphones. Powermat technology, which uses a rubberized pad to charge compatible smartphones, will be used. Watch the video below the break.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Apple Adds At Bat To List Of CarPlay Supported Apps

About a month ago, Apple quietly added a couple of apps to its list of CarPlay supported apps. When CarPlay was announced there were four third-party apps that were announced to be compatible to be used within the CarPlay interface. Now the list stands at six.

The four apps initially announced were Beats Music, iHeartRadio, Spotify, and Stitcher. Beats Music and Spotify are music streaming apps while iHeartRadio is a radio station streaming app. Stitcher streams talk shows and podcasts.

What To Expect From Alpine's Upcoming CarPlay Head Unit [Opinion]

Back in April this year, Apple made the announcement that its CarPlay software will come to the aftermarket via Pioneer Electronics and Alpine Electronics. While we all know that Pioneer will include CarPlay via a firmware update to its five NEX receivers, very little is known about what Alpine's plans are.

Here's what you can expect from an Alpine CarPlay head unit both from what we know for sure and a few speculations...

Currently, Only 13 Countries Will Get CarPlay According To Apple

If you're wondering whether CarPlay will become available in the country you live in, Apple has the answer. CarPlay is an iOS feature available in iOS 7 and later. To enjoy the software you need to have a compatible car or one of the aftermarket solutions available at the moment (Pioneer NEX and Alpine's upcoming head unit).

According to Apple, currently, only the following 13 countries will get CarPlay one way or the other...

Friday, July 25, 2014

[BREAKING] Pioneer UK Says CarPlay Update Likely On...

Thanks to a heads up from one of our Twitter followers, Paul Peeters, we have found out that Pioneer Electronics UK has tweeted out a possible release date for the pending CarPlay firmware update for its NEX receivers.

Twitter user @TheArkiPlan popped the following question to Pioneer UK: "I know everyone is probably asking but can I expect the CarPlay update anytime soon?" And Pioneer UK's reply...

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Get The $1400 Pioneer AVIC-8000NEX For $955 Only [Deals]

Pioneer Electronics' flagship NEX receiver, the AVIC-8000NEX, is feature-rich. But all those robust features it offers comes at a dear price. The retail price may be well over budget for most consumers but that's if you don't care to look around for a bargain.

We've consistently seen the lowest price on brand new head units and car technology accessories on Amazon. And for the AVIC-8000NEX, that is exactly where we find the best deal; $955 for a $1400 device. Details after the page break.

Purchase A New Car Stereo & SiriusXM Tuner And Save Up To $120

SiriusXM is running a promotion for new customers who purchase an eligible car head unit and a satellite radio tuner. A whole spectrum of head units from different manufacturers are eligible. There are up to $120 in savings to be availed of including a $50 mail-in rebate.

Full details are below along with a comprehensive list of eligible head units...

First Generation Pioneer AppRadio Cable Available For Under $25 [Deals]

The first generation Pioneer AppRadio (SPH-DA01/SPH-DA02) may be a few years old but a lot of people still use the device. A common problem with the head unit is damage to the iPhone cable.

Whether it is fraying or damage to the 30-pin connector, a taped up cable can be a sight for sore eyes. Getting a replacement through Pioneer is quite expensive (sometimes almost $100).

Finding a cable on sites like eBay is not always possible. But here's where you can get the cable for a limited time...