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Friday, November 9, 2012

Do You Use Google Music And Have An AppRadio? Try gMusic!

For those that use Google Music for their music needs instead of iTunes, there is an app that you might be interested in knowing. Especially if you also happen to own an AppRadio or AppRadio 2 (or any one of the other Pioneer car stereos with Advanced App Mode). gMusic is a Google Music Player, the iOS version of which, costs $1.99 in the App Store and boasts being the only one of its kind to feature AppRadio compatibility.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

CommuteWX: An AppRadio Compatible Weather App

Over the last month or so there have been a few new apps that have joined the AppRadio compatibility environment. One of those is CommuteWX. This app became AppRadio compatible on October 12, 2012. CommuteWX is a weather information app. Read along for more details.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Watch This Video Demo Of AppRadio Extensions v2.0 [Jailbreak] [Video]

Mike DeCaro's AppRadio Extensions is a jailbreak tweak available for the iPhone 4/4S. It adds a whole spectrum of additional functionality to the AppRadio and AppRadio 2. The latest is version 2.0 which is available through the Cydia Store. It allows full touch functionality to almost any app on the iPhone. Watch this YouTube video below from "DavePioneer" for a full demonstration.

Note: AppRadio Extensions is a jailbreak tweak only and may not be compatible with all iPhones or iOS 6.

Pioneer Hackathon Showcases Upcoming AppRadio Apps [Video]

CarTourin' might be the next app coming to your AppRadio
The 2012 SEMA Show (Special Equipment Market Association) recently concluded in Las Vegas, NV. At the show, Pioneer Electronics held its first "AppRadio Hackathon" which was meant to get developers make apps that were AppRadio compatible. There were prizes to be won too, totaling over $50,000 in cash and merchandise. Well, the results are in and there were some interesting things that came out from the show.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Pioneer Posts Compatibility Charts Confirming iPhone 5 And iOS 6 Issues

Pioneer Electronics has posted compatibility charts on its website showing which features will and will not work on its car audio systems when using an iPhone 5 or an iPhone running iOS 6. Take a look at the self-explanatory charts below. Seems like Pioneer will have to find a workaround to make the iPhone 5 fully compatible with AppRadio.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Latest AppRadio App Update Allows Custom Backgrounds [Video]

Pioneer's own AppRadio app has been updated to version 1.8.1 (iOS). This update includes one feature that was perhaps missed the most (apart from the glitch fixes). The app now allows you to use your own custom background on the AppRadio. Previously this couldn't be done directly from the device.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

iPhone 5 Compatibility With AppRadio Remains Questionable

If you were lucky enough to preorder the new iPhone 5 on September 14 you will most likely have it delivered to your doorstep tomorrow. The biggest difference for me with Apple's latest device over the previous generations is the change in connectors. The flagship 30-pin connection port is gone and has made way to the new 9-pin Lightning port. This means that the plethora of third-party devices with 30-pin connections won't necessarily work with the iPhone 5.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Pioneer Confirms AppRadio Compatibility With iOS 6; No Word On The iPhone 5!

Pioneer Electronics has sent out emails confirming compatibility of their AppRadio line of products with Apple's latest iOS 6. All head units with Advanced App Mode will work with iOS 6 running on the iPhone 4S and 4. However, there is still no word on whether the new iPhone 5 which ships tomorrow will work with AppRadio through the 30-pin to Lightning adapter.

Monday, August 20, 2012

User Video Shows AppRadio 2 Working With A Samsung Galaxy S III [Video]

This recently updated video by YouTube user 'MetalManthey' shows the Pioneer AppRadio 2 and Samsung Galaxy S III working together. From the video below you can see that the Advanced App Mode mirrors the phone's display onto the AppRadio 2. Mirroring only happens when using an Android device in Advanced App Mode. iOS users are used to seeing a 'Connected to AppRadio' screen on their iDevices. Check out the video below.

[App Updates] Five Major AppRadio Compatible Apps Updated

This week, five major AppRadio compatible apps were updated by their respective developers. The five apps are AUPEO!, DashCommand, Extra Mile, MotionX GPS Drive and INRIX Traffic. Details of each update are included after the page break.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

[App Updates] EC Touch And Waze Updates Available

This past week, EC Touch and Waze were updated. EC Touch is the latest AppRadio compatible app that integrates all the major iPhone functions in one place. Waze is a social GPS and traffic info app which is now fully AppRadio compatible (Full review coming soon).

Here's what's new in these two updates.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

[App Updates] Extra Mile And Netflix Apps Updated

This week, Extra Mile, the navigation and trip logging app has been updated to version 4.7.8. Also, even though it isn't officially AppRadio compatible but works well with the car stereo, Netflix has been updated to version 2.2.1. Here are more details of both updates.

AppRadio Firmware Updates Available

Pioneer Electronics has posted firmware updates for their AppRadio line of products. Both, AppRadio (SPH-DA02) and AppRadio 2 (SPH-DA100) have received these updates which can be downloaded from Pioneer's website. Updates have to be performed the same way as before. Read on for more details.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

EC Touch Is The Latest AppRadio Compatible App [Video]

Easy Car Touch or EC Touch is a free app developed by Motus Lab out of Italy which is AppRadio compatible and available in the US App Store. The app brings together the most commonly used features and apps while driving to one easy-to-use interface. Here are a couple of videos showcasing the app and more details.

I played around with EC Touch for a while this morning and I can confirm that it works nicely. There were a couple of issues I ran into which I've mentioned later on.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

[App Updates] Pandora Radio And CarMediaPlayer Updates Available

Two AppRadio compatible apps have received updates this week; Pandora Radio and Pioneer's own CarMediaPlayer. Read along for full details about the updates and download links.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Here Are Some Screenshots Of INRIX Traffic On AppRadio 2

INRIX Traffic was updated to version 4.1 about two weeks ago. This AppRadio compatible app works great with AppRadio now. I've been using it on and off. I especially like the ETA info that self-updates based on traffic info. The free version of the app only allows you to save one home and one work location. For additional locations you have to upgrade to the premium version.

As promised here are a few screenshots of the app interface on AppRadio 2.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Pioneer Discusses The Future Of AppRadio At CEA Line Shows 2012

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) Line Shows 2012 was held in New York City on June 27 and 28 this year. Pioneer Electronics was present at the event and there is some interesting information coming out from there regarding the AppRadio line of products. The AppRadio platform has really moved slowly towards improvement but it seems like things could be fast tracked in the coming few months.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Latest Waze Update Has Several Feature Enhancements

The social GPS and traffic information app, Waze, has been updated to version yesterday. Both the iOS and Android versions of the app have received this update. Waze is AppRadio compatible through Android whereas the iOS version only works by mirroring the iPhone's display onto the AppRadio. The update has quite a few improvements and enhancements and looks like a worthy update. Here's more details.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Rdio Update Version 1.3.10 Available Today

The subscription-based music streaming app, Rdio, has been updated to version 1.3.10 today. The update is for the iOS version of the app. Nothing's new in the latest version in terms of functionality or enhancements but there are minor bug fixes. You can grab the update from the App Store today.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Meet iCoyote, The AppRadio Compatible App For Europe Only [Video]

Maybe one of our readers in France can tell us more about this story. I came across a video on YouTube from "MrBuzz118" which showcases iCoyote, an iOS app for the iPhone. The app is AppRadio compatible (both SPH-DA01 and SPH-DA100) and from the looks of it seems pretty useful. It is not available in the United States or Canada but is meant for Europe only. My knowledge of French is limited but here's the video and what I think this app might be capable of doing.

Here's A Better Video Of An XBox 360 And AppRadio 2 In Action [Video]

A few days ago I posted a link to a YouTube video showing an XBox 360 connected to an AppRadio 2. That video wasn't very informative. One of our readers with the YouTube channel "Bdowling91" has posted another video showing his XBox 360 connected to his AppRadio 2. The video is a little more informative. Take a look for yourself...

Monday, June 18, 2012

INRIX Traffic Version 4.1 Is Awesome!

An older version of INRIX Traffic on the AppRadio
Just last week, INRIX Traffic was updated to version 4.1 with quite a few striking improvements. The app does one thing but does it well; reports traffic information. It uses this traffic information to report ETAs for your trip. I have used the latest version a couple of times and found it to be very useful. The iOS version of the app is AppRadio compatible.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

[Updated] Extra Mile Version 4.7.4 & 4.7.5 Improves Voice Navigation

Update: A new version 4.7.5 has been added. This version doesn't do anything different from 4.7.4. Nevertheless, update your Extra Mile app today.

It seems like Extra Mile keeps getting updated every week. This week's update version 4.7.4 adds a few improvements to the app and fixes some bugs. According to the app's description the latest version has the following improvements:

"Improvement to the music player and navigation voice control. Phone call interruption mutes the voice & alerts."

You can download Extra Mile from the App Store today.

Monday, June 11, 2012

What Does iOS 6 Mean For AppRadio?

Apple announced details about their upcoming version of iOS at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2012) in San Francisco earlier today. iOS 6 is packed with over 200 new features and will be available this Fall. Among the few new features that were outlined at the keynote address, one stood out for me with regards to Pioneer's AppRadio.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Extra Mile Is Now AppRadio Compatible Through Android

Extra Mile interface on the first generation AppRadio
Extra Mile has been AppRadio compatible for a while now through iOS. The app allows users to view and log fuel expenses and trip details. It also features voice-guided navigation. The AppRadio interface is quite nice. Extra Mile was launched on Google Play today and this Android version has added AppRadio 2 compatibility. Here are more details about the Android version.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

User Video Shows An XBox 360 Connected To An AppRadio 2 [Video]

If you have a piece of hardware that uses an HDMI connection to display to an external monitor, chances are it will work with AppRadio 2. I can think of a handful of devices that can be used this way in the car ranging from media players to gaming consoles to laptops. The only issue, however, would be to get a power source to power up some of these devices. Well, one YouTube user (n0name321) recently connected his Microsoft XBox 360 to his AppRadio 2 to demonstrate how the AppRadio 2 can be used as a display monitor. Check it out.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Galaxy Nexus Is The First AppRadio 2 Compatible Phone Running ICS

Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the latest Android phone to get official AppRadio 2 compatibility
Pioneer has updated it's list of AppRadio 2 compatible devices recently. The only obvious change is the addition of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (SPH-L700). This phone is compatible with the AppRadio 2 and runs Android's Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) operating system version 4.0.2. If you've never seen the list of other compatible Android phone's here it is:

Monday, June 4, 2012

How To: Determine Your AppRadio's Model Number

I've been getting quite a few questions about how to find out the exact model number of the AppRadio. Pioneer's recent firmware updates for the first generation AppRadio have caused a little confusion since two separate updates for SPH-DA01 and SPH-DA02 were released. So if you have a first generation AppRadio you can find your model number right on your device. It's probably easy to miss though.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

AppRadio Receives Two Separate Updates (SPH-DA01 & SPH-DA02)

The first generation AppRadio was introduced almost a year ago with the model number SPH-DA01. And then another model number was added earlier this year (SPH-DA02). It was long believed that there was no hardware difference between the two. Today, however, there are two different updates available for each model number. Version 2.56 for SPH-DA01 and version 4.14 for SPH-DA02. The two updates have a couple of differences.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Extra Mile Updated Again, Critical Bug Fixed

Another day, another update! Seems like that's the case with Extra Mile (6th app update for the month). Well, at least the bugs are getting fixed promptly. There is another update available today, version 4.7.3. It fixes a "critical defect for people with a large trip database". You can download the latest version from the App Store today.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

AppRadio Extensions Version 2.0 Beta Available [Jailbreak][Video]

For those of you using a jailbroken iPhone 4/4S this is great news. Controlling apps that aren't AppRadio compatible using the AppRadio's touch interface sounds like a remote possibility. But developer Mike DeCaro has done tremendous work in that regard with his jailbreak tweak, AppRadio Extensions. The tweak is getting upgraded to version 2.0 soon but a new teaser video and a beta download has been made available at Avic411. Here's the video and more details.

Bring Out Your USB Drives, First AppRadio 2 Update Available

Firmware update version 08.15 is for AppRadio 2 only. Available now!
I wasn't aware of this but Pioneer apparently put out a minor firmware update for it's AppRadio 2 customers on May 24, 2012. Thanks to one of our readers who calls himself the Porthos Musketeer for bringing this to our notice. The update is available for download from Pioneer's website and as mentioned before you will need a USB flash drive to update your device. Read on for more on this.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

AUPEO! Personal Radio Update Adds Toyota Support

Toyota has it's own version of app integration and it's called Toyota Touch Life. The system uses the MirrorLink protocol to basically mirror your smartphone's display in your car. The enhanced car entertainment system has been available for a while now. Today's AUPEO! update has added support for the Toyota Touch Life system.

DashCommand Update Version 3.0.1 Now Available

DashCommand is a vehicle performance monitoring app which uses the OBD-II interface to put nice looking gauges on your AppRadio. The app has been available for a while now and has been updated quite a few times to fix bugs. Today's update version 3.0.1 does more bug fixing. Here are more details.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Third Extra Mile Update This Month Fixes More Bugs

Extra Mile has been updated for the third time this month. Today's version 4.7.2 contains a couple of bug fixes and also an added improvement. Extra Mile is developed by GammaPoint, LLC and is a trip logging, GPS app with voice controls. The app features a very good looking dashboard with weather information, quick calling links, sharing buttons etc. A complete list of what's new in today's update follows.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Get To Know Your AppRadio With The 'Discover AppRadio' App

I'm not sure how long it has been available for, but Pioneer Electronics' "Discover AppRadio" app is available as a free download from the App Store. The app is a resource for getting to know your AppRadio or AppRadio 2 better. Here is a rundown of what the app provides.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

AppRadio App Updated With Bug Fixes

The AppRadio app was recently updated to version 1.7.0 by Pioneer. This update had one major issue of displaying blank icons for the compatible apps. Seems like Pioneer has fixed that bug in today's app update. Today's version 1.7.1 includes the following.

INRIX Traffic Gets Updated To Version 4.0

INRIX Traffic version 4.0 now available
INRIX Traffic has been updated to version 4.0 today with a couple of nice improvements. The AppRadio compatible app does what it says; provides traffic info. It helps estimate commute times based on traffic information from "100 million drivers". Here's what's new in this update.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

User Video Shows AppRadio 2 Working With HTC Evo 4G

YouTube user, "Tech337", has uploaded a video showing how to connect an Android phone to AppRadio 2. He's using an HTC Evo 4G and there are quite a few interesting details available from the video. This is probably one of the first videos out there showcasing AppRadio 2 with an Android phone. Check it out.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Watch This AppRadio 2 User Video [Video]

YouTube user, "DavePioneer", has uploaded a very nice video showing the basic functions of Pioneer's AppRadio 2. From the video you can see how streamlined the AppRadio 2 interface is when in advanced app mode, barring a minor issue with the INRIX app at the end.

This Is How Waze Works With AppRadio 2 [Video]

Pioneer Electronics has posted an App Spotlight video on its YouTube channel showing how Waze, the social navigation and traffic app, works with AppRadio 2. Waze is currently only compatible with AppRadio 2 through an Android phone. The iOS version of Waze isn't fully compatible yet.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Pioneer Officially Announces AppRadio Firmware v2.50

Pioneer's latest firmware for its first generation AppRadio (SPH-DA01) version 2.50 was made available on their website about three weeks ago. But I received a subscriber email just today announcing the firmware update. If you didn't know about the release already this email may be helpful to you. Better late than never I guess.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Clarion's Next Gate Brings Portable App Integration

Clarion's Next Gate looks to bring app integration in your car
Clarion will try to bring smartphone app integration in your car through Next Gate. Announced at CTIA 2012 last week, Next Gate is a 7-inch touch screen device that looks like a GPS. It is not an in-dash receiver but a standalone piece of hardware that connects to your iPhone (4S only?) to display apps on it's larger screen. Next Gate can be mounted on your windshield, or if you live in places like California where windshield mounts have regulations, you can mount it on your dashboard.

Is This Steering Wheel Remote Coming From Apple?

Pyle PLFMTR9BT Steering Wheel Remote
How would you like a fancy looking steering wheel remote control in your car? How about one made by Apple themselves? Well, Apple was granted a patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office today for what looks like a piece of hardware taken from the iPod Classic. Check out this patent diagram from Patently Apple below.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Minor Extra Mile Update Available

Gamma Point, the makers of Extra Mile, have pushed out an update to their app today. The minor update version 4.7.1 adds auto-route improvements. You can download this latest update from the App Store today.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Do We Really Need An AppRadio App?

The latest AppRadio app update seems to have done more harm than good to the AppRadio (or AppRadio 2) experience. There are a lot of issues that have been reported across the web. Most have been fixed by deleting the app from the iPhone and reinstalling it. But the major issues of automatic launch and pop up messages haven't been fixed. Made me wonder, do we really need an AppRadio app?

iPhone Error - Accessory Not Supported

There are plenty of issues that plague both the AppRadio and AppRadio 2 at the moment. Although some have been fixed by software updates, others have been worsened or new ones have cropped up. Yesterday I encountered something I haven't seen before while using my AppRadio 2. I have seen this error while using my iPhone with other devices but this is the first time I've seen it with AppRadio/AppRadio 2.

Monday, May 7, 2012

How To: Unresponsive Home Button? Try This!

I was playing around with my AppRadio 2 earlier today and I stumbled upon a neat little trick. Many of us have encountered an unresponsive home button while using the device. Most of the time this happens while switching apps or trying to exit from a blank screen. Well, this trick I found works only for AppRadio 2 and with an iPhone. Here's what you do.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

AppRadio App Updated But What's New?

Here's another update to Pioneer's AppRadio app with sketchy details. The newest version 1.7.0 claims to add a few improvements but I haven't seen much. There are bug fixes as usual but no details on what bugs, if any, have been fixed. Check out the complete list below.

New DashCommand Update Adds Auto-Connect Feature

If you want pretty gauges and technical information about your car's performance on your dashboard, DashCommand may be the app for you. It is AppRadio compatible and works well with the in-dash receiver. The iOS app has been updated to version 3.0.0 today with quite a few new features and improvements. The app uses your car's OBD-II port to pull data.