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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.

Extra Mile Update Adds Improvements

The trip logging and voice navigation app, Extra Mile, has been updated to version 4.7. The app is already the most frequently used app for me. I like the simplistic navigation and trip logs. The interface is pretty too. The new update has improved functionality of the app. Here are more details.

HackRadio Teaser Video Posted Online [Jailbroken AppRadio Tweaks]

HackRadio teaser video has surfaced
About three months ago it was reported that a possible jailbroken AppRadio firmware was in the making. It was being called "AppRadio+" or "AppRadio More". The firmware was made in French and Russian versions at first. An English version was said to be in the making. Now there is a new buzz about "HackRadio". So what is it all about? Check out the video below.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Here Are The Apps That Are AppRadio Compatible On Android

AUPEO! Personal Radio is one of the few AppRadio compatible apps on Android
While iOS has quite a few apps that are AppRadio compatible, the recently introduced Android compatibility through AppRadio 2 only has less than a handful. I'm sure the list is going to keep growing as it happened when the original AppRadio was launched in June of last year.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Waze For iOS Works With AppRadio But...

Waze for iOS isn't exactly AppRadio compatible yet
It seems like everyone's been waiting for the iOS version of Waze, the social GPS and traffic app, to become AppRadio compatible. Well, officially it isn't compatible yet, in the sense that there isn't a special AppRadio interface for the app but it does work to a certain extent with the in-dash receiver.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Rdio Already Available In The UK And France?

Rdio is now available in the UK and France
Rumors on Twitter suggest that the subscription-based music streaming service, Rdio, has made it's way to customers in the UK and France today. It was reported earlier that this move was imminent. However, there is no official word from Rdio about this.

Pioneer Survey Shows In-Car App Usage

Pioneer has released results of an online survey conducted recently by Harris Interactive on their behalf. Although complete details are not available, a few usage numbers have been reported in a press release. Full details can be obtained by requesting them from Pioneer. Contact information is available in the press release link below. Here are some numbers though.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Snag An AppRadio 2 For Only $431, Limited Stock

E & B Electronics offers Pioneer's AppRadio 2 (SPH-DA100) through Amazon Prime for only $431. This is the lowest price I've seen so far. There's only a few units left in stock though. With Amazon Prime you can get FREE two-day shipping or have it overnighted for only $3.99. And with Amazon, you don't pay sales tax in most states. Hit up Amazon to get this deal!

Please note: Android Connection Kit is not included in this deal unlike the one on Best Buy.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

[Breaking] Buy AppRadio 2 Get The Android Connection Kit FREE!

For a limited time only, Best Buy is selling the Pioneer AppRadio 2 (SPH-DA100) for $499 but with an awesome package deal. Now, along with your in-dash receiver you can get the long-awaited Android Connection Kit (CD-AH200C) absolutely FREE (a $100 value). Here's more info from Best Buy's website:

Waze For Android Version Is AppRadio 2 Compatible

Waze for Android version is AppRadio 2 compatible
The developers behind Waze, the social GPS & traffic app, have posted a tweet earlier today informing users that the new version for Android is Pioneer AppRadio 2 compatible. Still no news on when the iOS version will have AppRadio connectivity though.

AppRadio iPhone Cable Replacement

iPhone connector cables for the AppRadio and AppRadio 2
I have received quite a few questions asking how/where to get a replacement iPhone cable for AppRadio or AppRadio 2. It is impossible to buy that cable from a retailer because most of the times they have no idea what you're talking about or they simply never got the part from Pioneer. Here's the only place you can get one (hopefully!).