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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Pioneer Updates AppRadio App With Numerous Fixes

Pioneer Electronics has updated its AppRadio app for iOS users today with a few fixes and improvements. The AppRadio app is required to run AppRadio Mode on compatible Pioneer head units. AppRadio Mode allows users to run smartphone apps in their car's dashboard.

Today's update includes fixes for the new AppRadio One users as well as a few for first generation AppRadio users. Full details are below the break.

AppRadio (version 2.8.5) - App Store description

To new AppRadio One users: Welcome, and please check if your product firmware version corresponds to the update made available on your local Pioneer website.

- When running low on available storage, future App or iOS updates will no longer cause clearing of Compatible App icons.
- iTunes or iCloud backup will now include Compatible App icons.
- Posting current location on Facebook will no longer fail.
- Fixed a freeze issue in Contacts for SPH-DA01/02 users.
- Minor improvements.

AppRadio Mode users can gradually reduce black framing around Apps by not removing iOS native Apps from the App Switcher, avoiding iPhone restarts, and turning off Background App Refresh. This is not an issue for AppRadio One users.

Link to download: AppRadio version 2.8.5 from the App Store.

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AppRadio Mode has been around for four years now and although its popularity gradually increased in the beginning it has lost market share to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in the recent past. It does, however, include way more compatible third-party apps compared to CarPlay.

To be honest, I haven't used AppRadio Mode for quite a while now (I use CarPlay almost every time I get in my car). The interface has been plagued with issues which get fixed very slowly if at all.

Pioneer introduced AppRadio One a few months back for its 2015 line of head units which eliminated the need for using multiple cables and kits to connect your smartphone to the head unit. AppRadio One, like CarPlay or Android Auto, requires a single USB cable connection to work.

If you currently use AppRadio Mode or AppRadio One, update your AppRadio app to the latest version by visiting the App Store today.

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