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Friday, April 27, 2012

Rdio Update Version 1.3.9 Now Available For Download

Rdio has been updated to version 1.3.9 today. The latest update adds minor UI improvements. Rdio is a subscription-based music streaming service. Web-only subscriptions cost $4.99 a month while mobile subscriptions will run you $9.99 a month. Rdio is AppRadio compatible with a sleek looking interface. Grab the update from the App Store today.

MIXTRAX Update Adds Support For iOS 5.1

Pioneer's own virtual DJ app, MIXTRAX, has been updated to version 1.1 today. This version adds iOS 5.1 (latest iOS version) support and fixes a few minor bugs.

Firmware Version 2.50 Now Available For AppRadio

AppRadio (SPH-DA01/02) firmware update is now available for download from Pioneer's website. The links were posted yesterday but didn't work until earlier today. To download the firmware files you have to visit Pioneer's AppRadio SPH-DA01 page which isn't easy to find.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Two MicroSD Cards Needed To Update AppRadio Firmware

AppRadio (SPH-DA01/02) users will need two microSD cards to update their firmware to version 2.50 when it becomes available. According to Pioneer's website, there are two files that need to be run on the device. I'm guessing you could use just one microSD and go back and forth loading up the files on it but Pioneer recommends using two.

Pioneer Posts AppRadio Firmware Download Links, But Broken

Looks like the links for the anticipated AppRadio firmware update, version 2.50, have just been posted on Pioneer's website. However, the links are not active yet. Finding them isn't easy either. You have to use the custom link below to reach the firmware page.

CarMediaPlayer Update Now Available

Pioneer has released an update for CarMediaPlayer, the app that is meant to replace the stock Music app. The newest version 1.2.0 is only a minor update though, adding multi-language support. You can download this update by visiting the App Store today.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Here's What's New In AppRadio Firmware Version 2.50

Pioneer has released a firmware update for the first generation AppRadio. The new version 2.50 is available only in Europe at the moment. US users have to wait a little longer for the update. Here's what to expect from the update when it becomes available.

AppRadio Firmware v2.50 Released, Coming Soon To US Users

AppRadio (SPH-DA01/02) firmware update v2.50 available in France
Just moments after reporting Pioneer's commitment to continually update the first generation AppRadio firmware, we've learned that an updated firmware version 2.50 was released to European AppRadio users. This update is not available in the US yet but it is coming soon (by the first week of May?).

Pioneer To Continue Updating AppRadio Firmware

First generation AppRadio to continue getting firmware updates
Contrary to speculation, Pioneer will continue to support the first generation AppRadio through periodic firmware updates. Even though the firmware update links are missing on Pioneer's AppRadio page, reliable sources inside the car technology giant have confirmed the above.

Monday, April 23, 2012

CONFIRMED: AppRadio 2 Firmware Updates Will Be Done Through USB

You will need a USB pen-drive to update AppRadio 2 in the future
According to reliable sources, the USB port on Pioneer AppRadio 2's iPhone cable will be used to load firmware updates as they become available in the future. AppRadio 2 lacks a micro-SD card slot like the one seen on the first generation AppRadio which caused doubts about how firmware upgrades will take place. But, I can now confirm the use of the USB port to get the updates done.

Pioneer Releases New AppRadio 2 Ad

Pioneer has released a 90-second advertisement showcasing AppRadio 2. The ad, which will be online only, shows the AppRadio 2 interface with an iPhone as well as an Android phone. Apps like Waze, Extra Mile, MotionX GPS Drive etc. have been shown. The ad is called "AppRadio 2: Go Where Your Apps Take You". You can watch it below.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

AppRadio Extensions Version 1.1.4-1 Available In The Cydia Store [Jailbreak]

The jailbreak tweak, AppRadio Extensions, has been updated to version 1.1.4-1 today. The latest version by developer Mike DeCaro has a couple of enhancements and bug fixes. Here's full details of what's new in the update.

Pioneer AppRadio 2 Available For $460 On Amazon

Pioneer's 2012 line of head units are available for purchase on Amazon
If you're lucky enough you might be able to pick up Pioneer's latest AppRadio 2 for as low as $459.99 (plus shipping and tax where applicable) on Amazon. Only a few units are left in stock so hurry. The device is being sold by a third-party seller. Pioneer's other 2012 line of head units are also available for purchase on Amazon.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Is Pioneer Abandoning Future Firmware Upgrades For AppRadio?

No more firmware updates for first-generation AppRadio?
Recently, one of our twitter followers, @kytozen, pointed out that Pioneer USA has removed the "Firmware" tab from it's AppRadio page. With AppRadio 2 being launched recently does this mean Pioneer is abandoning future firmware upgrades for the first-generation device?

Friday, April 20, 2012

AppRadio 2 User Concerns Answered

Have an AppRadio 2 question? Shoot it across!
A lot of people have been writing in regarding AppRadio 2. I have been answering some of them individually but here are a few questions asked by Warren that I think need to be answered here. Thanks for these questions, Warren. Here goes...

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Watch This User Video Showing AppRadio 2 Bugs [Video]

One of our readers, 'Sleepwitfishes', has made a video demonstrating the frustrating problems with AppRadio 2. After watching the video I can confirm that these issues exist with my unit too so it isn't a one-off incidence. Watch the video below and see for yourselves. Pioneer obviously needs to address these shortcomings. Makes you wonder if the second-generation device was a step backwards.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Here's A Video Walkthrough Of AppRadio 2's iPod Interface [Video]

Pioneer AppRadio 2's iPod/Music Interface
AppRadio 2 has added a lot of enhancements to the iPod/Music app interface compared to what it is on AppRadio. For example, the simple "swipe to scroll" gesture is available. You can also access your music videos and movies stored in your iPod app right from here. Here is a video walkthrough showing what to expect from the iPod/Music app on AppRadio 2.

StreamS HiFi Radio Update Available

StreamS HiFi Radio has been updated to version 5.1.6 today. The update includes bug fixes. StreamS is an AppRadio compatible internet radio streaming app. It features thousands of high quality streaming stations from all around the world. You can grab the latest version of StreamS from the App Store today.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Here's The Initial Boot Up Of AppRadio 2 [Video]

I had made the following video while booting up my Pioneer AppRadio 2 for the first time after install. Check it out. The interface is definitely snappier than the first generation AppRadio but similar warning screens plague both Pioneer devices. More AppRadio 2 videos to come.

Friday, April 13, 2012

AppRadio 2's Dimmer Feature Is Awesome [Video]

The 'Settings' menu on AppRadio 2 is quite extensive
AppRadio 2's 'Settings' menu is quite different from the first generation AppRadio. There are a lot more things that can be tweaked along with quite a few new feature enhancements. For example, I like to have the screen brightness turned up because the glare during the daytime can make viewing the screen a little difficult. But what about readjusting the brightness for night time? There is a tweak for that.

Latest BestParking Update Fixes Minor Bugs

BestParking, the parking finder app, was updated to version 1.7.2 yesterday. This latest update has minor bug fixes and "code optimization". The app has support for 43 cities and 79 airports around the United States. You can download BestParking from the App Store today.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Best Buy Is Still The Only Place To Buy AppRadio 2

AppRadio 2 (SPH-DA100) only available at Best Buy
Pioneer's AppRadio 2 was made available for purchase on April 6, 2012 in the United States. Pioneer mentions the device can be bought from 'Authorized Dealers' only. A dealer search on Pioneer's website brings up just one major retailer in most areas. Best Buy!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

AppRadio Extensions Version 1.1.3-1 Now Available [Jailbreak]

AppRadio Extensions update now available in the Cydia Store
It's been reported earlier as to how Mike DeCaro's AppRadio Extensions add-on enhances the whole AppRadio experience. The jailbreak tweak for the iPhone 4 and 4S running iOS 5.0.1 (not compatible with iOS 5.1) has been updated a couple of days ago to version 1.1.3-1. You can download this latest version from the Cydia Store. Here's more from the developer:

Android Connection Kit (CD-AH200C) For AppRadio 2 To Cost $100

The Android Connection Kit will cost you $100
If you want to use your Android phone with AppRadio 2 be ready to spend an extra few dollars. AppRadio 2 is priced at $499 and doesn't include the required cables for connecting an Android phone. According to sources, the Android Connection Kit (CD-AH200C), which is made by Pioneer, will give you Android connectivity but will set you back an additional $100.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Top 3 AppRadio Features Missing In AppRadio 2

AppRadio 2 has cut a few features that are present in AppRadio
Pioneer Electronics' AppRadio 2 has been out for a couple of days now and I've been playing around with it ever since. In my initial review I've mentioned a few of the issues that exist with the second generation device and how it is far from perfect. And now, I've realized how it may not even be as 'good' as its first generation sibling. Here are the 3 big things missing or different in AppRadio 2 that are native to the original AppRadio.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

It Will Cost You $25 To Use MotionX GPS Drive With AppRadio 2

MotionX GPS Drive was one of the first navigation apps to be AppRadio compatible. The app is 99 cents  and worked well. Since Extra Mile became AppRadio compatible, I haven't used MotionX much at all. I tried using it yesterday with my new AppRadio 2 and this is what I ran in to.

Extra Mile Update With Bug Fixes Available

Download the latest Extra Mile update today
The voice navigation and trip logging app, Extra Mile, has been updated to version 4.6.1 today. The last major update had added traffic camera support but this latest update has mainly bug fixes. Here's a complete list of what's new in this version:

Pioneer AppRadio 2: Initial Review And Thoughts [Pictures]

AppRadio 2: Installed and reviewed
After a long wait, Pioneer's AppRadio 2 (SPH-DA100), was released and made available for purchase yesterday for $499. I was lucky to get my hands on one at Best Buy soon after availability. The install was fairly similar to the AppRadio (SPH-DA01), but took a while. So the device is installed and ready for its first review. Here goes!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

AppRadio 2 Compatible Device List Now Available

Did your Android phone make the cut?
Here's what a lot of you have been waiting for. A compatible device list from Pioneer showing which phones will be compatible with AppRadio 2. The list also includes the type of connection and OS version that is supported. The list was made available on Pioneer's AppRadio webpage late last night.

Pioneer's AppRadio Site Updated

Pioneer AppRadio 2 now available for purchase
With the launch of AppRadio 2 yesterday, Pioneer also updated its website's AppRadio pages. The new look has a list of AppRadio compatible apps, demo videos, compatible device list, where to buy links, specifications and pictures of the devices. Head on over and click around to find out more.

Say Hello To The New AppRadio 2 On-Screen Keyboard

The primitive looking on-screen keyboard on AppRadio
Hey Pioneer, the 90s called, they want their on-screen keyboard back!

That above, is the on-screen keyboard on the first-generation AppRadio. It looks primitive and monochromatic. With AppRadio 2, Pioneer has revamped the on-screen keyboard. iPhone/iPod users will get to the see the one below instead of the one above.

A Glimpse At The New iPod Interface On AppRadio 2

This old iPod interface is out
Although I haven't checked it out first-hand, the AppRadio 2 seems to have a new iPod interface. I'm guessing there is swipe to scroll enabled. Something that has been missing. Here's what's new.

Audio Source Control Keys Changed On AppRadio 2

Old Audio Source Control keys
Remember those Audio Source Control (ASC) keys you could access by double clicking the home button on the AppRadio? Well, they are still there in AppRadio 2 but this time they have been repositioned and look a lot better. Here's what's new.

Friday, April 6, 2012

AppRadio 2 Unboxing [Pictures]

AppRadio 2 is now available for purchase
The wait is over! This year's Easter egg has come a couple of days early. AppRadio 2, Pioneer's second generation installment of the AppRadio family, is now available for shipping in the United States. I stopped by Best Buy earlier and purchased one. The sales person told me they had just come in a few hours ago. They got a few in stock so supplies won't last too long. The price? $499 (not $599 as suggested on Pioneer's website earlier). Check out the unboxing pictures after the page break.

BREAKING: Pioneer Is Now Shipping AppRadio 2 In The US

Just got an email (screenshot above) from Pioneer stating that AppRadio 2 is now shipping to most major retailers in the US. The email also reconfirms that the Android Connection Kit will be sold separately and is not included with AppRadio 2. None of the retailers I checked have the AppRadio 2 listed on their websites. I'll make a quick trip to my local Best Buy and report back.

BREAKING: AppRadio 2 Android Connection Kit Delayed

The Android Connection Kit won't be available for purchase immediately
A shipping delay will make the Android Connection Kit (CD-AH200C) unavailable for purchase with AppRadio 2. Pioneer has informed everyone about this in a recent email. So for now, if you buy AppRadio 2, you will have to make do with the iPhone/iPod connection. No availability date or list of compatible Android apps is available from Pioneer yet.

What's Going On With Waze And AppRadio?

Is Pioneer dropping AppRadio compatibility for Waze?
One of our readers, Daniel, brought to our notice recently that the navigation app, Waze, has been removed from the list of AppRadio 2 Android apps on Pioneer's website. A hover over to the website confirms that. The app was listed there before as being compatible with the car stereo through Android. But for some reason now it's not there anymore. So what's going on?

AppRadio 2 Available For Purchase In Europe/UK?

AppRadio 2 available for pick-up in the UK
This is really interesting. I browsed a few European and UK-based online stores for AppRadio 2 and guess what! Most of them claim to have Pioneer's second generation device (SPH-DA100) in stock and ready for in-store pick-up. Check out the screenshot above from the UK-based store, Halfords.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

AUPEO! For Android Now AppRadio Compatible

AUPEO! Personal Radio is now AppRadio compatible on Android
The iOS version of AUPEO! Personal Radio, the music streaming app, has been compatible with the AppRadio for quite a while now. With AppRadio 2 approaching release the app's Android version has been updated to add AppRadio compatibility.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

BestParking App Gets Updated, New Icon

BestParking, the parking finder app for AppRadio, has been updated to version 1.7.1. The update adds "Minor modification to Pioneer AppRadio upgrade". No other details were available. The app's icon has also been changed. You can download the latest version of the app from the App Store today.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

CarMediaPlayer Stuttering Issue Is Quite Annoying [Video]

CarMediaPlayer from Pioneer on the AppRadio
AppRadio users have been subject to a very hard-to-use iPod app interface since launch. But with the recent release of the iOS app, CarMediaPlayer, Pioneer seems to have addressed the issue. For those of you who don't know, CarMediaPlayer is a separate app from Pioneer that is an alternative to the stock iPod app on the AppRadio. The main difference being the ability to use swipe to scroll which has been missing all this while. But CarMediaPlayer isn't perfect. Here is one issue that bugs the app.