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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

App Update Roundup: MyPV, AUPEO! Radio [07/31/13]

The following AppRadio compatible apps have been updated in the last few days… MyPV and AUPEO! Radio. Details about each update and links to download from the App Store are included below. These updates are for iOS versions of the app.

Google Nexus 4 Requires SlimPort Adapter To Work With AppRadio 3

Google's latest nexus smartphone, the Nexus 4, works with AppRadio 3 but not with Pioneer's Android Kit. It requires the additional purchase of a different adapter. The Nexus 4 is not included on the AppRadio compatible list of smartphones that Pioneer released a few days ago but there are users who have reported it to work when used with this adapter…

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Pioneer AVH-X8500BHS Firmware Update Makes Pandora Radio Unusable

A product overview about Pioneer AVH-X8500BHS on Crutchfield has highlighted a firmware update issue that's affecting this DVD receiver. The Pandora Radio app refuses to work with the latest firmware update. Precisely, audio playback and metadata display get disrupted. Read the following firmware update warning.

Video Shows AppRadio 3 Working With iPhone 5 And AppEx [Jailbreak]

There has been some doubt over the jailbreak tweak, AppRadio Extensions (AppEx) working with AppRadio 3 connected to an iPhone 5. This YouTube video shows the latest version of AppEx working without any issues.

AppEx has gone open source since last week and is available for developers to work on with the help of developer Mike DeCaro. The additional functionality that the jailbreak tweak adds to the AppRadio experience is nicely showcased in the video below.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Pioneer Adds 16 More Android Phones To AppRadio Mode Compatibility List

In a media release today, Pioneer Electronics has announced it has updated its list of AppRadio Mode compatible smartphones. 16 additional Android smartphones have been added.

AppRadio Mode products included the newly launched AppRadio 3 (SPH-DA210 and SPH-DA110), AppRadio 2, AVH-X8500BHS, AVIC-X950BH and AVIC-Z150BH among others.

The updated list of phones and corresponding connection kit information is included below.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Apple Developer Center Security Breach May Delay iOS 7 [Opinion]

Everything you need to develop an app for iOS is at Apple's Developer Center. A recent security break has forced Apple to take down the website in order to fix the issues and restore compromised developer accounts. The site has been down for almost a week now causing great confusion and inconvenience to a lot of developers around the world.

Get Started On Jailbreak Coding With This Tutorial [Jailbreak]

It was announced a few days ago that the real handy iOS jailbreak tweak, AppRadio Extensions (AppEx), was going open source. This means, any interested developer can now get the source code for the tweak and work on improving and updating it.

AppEx developer, Mike DeCaro, has provided a link to a tutorial for developers who aren't familiar with jailbreak coding to help them get started. Details are below.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Tesla Model S - Car Dashboard Done Right! [Video]

Apart from being manufactured completely in the USA and fully electric, Tesla Motors' Model S has one feature that stands out to tech enthusiasts. It's the car's bright and sharp 17-inch dashboard display. Even the conventional analog tachymeter and speedometer has been replaced with a LCD display behind the steering wheel. Tesla has a video showcasing the Model S' dashboard. Watch it below.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

AppRadio Extensions Is Going Open Source; Developers Wanted [Jailbreak]

AppRadio Extensions (AppEx) has been a welcome addition to the AppRadio experience ever since it was developed and put out to download for jailbroken devices by developer Mike DeCaro. Well, in a message at Avic411 Forums, Mike has announced that he is making the tweak open source which means developers can get the source code and continue developing AppEx further.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

This Is What To Expect When Developing An AppRadio Compatible App

Pioneer has a website setup for app developers who wish to make their apps AppRadio compatible. The website gives developers access to Pioneer's Software Development Kit (SDK). In order to gain access to Pioneer's site your app must already be available for download from the App Store or Google Play. The process of getting the app approved by both, Apple or Google and Pioneer, can be lengthy. Here are flow charts from Pioneer showing what to expect during the app development process for both, iOS and Android.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Chevrolet Is The First Manufacturer To Offer Apple's Siri Eyes Free [Video]

U.S. car manufacturer, Chevrolet, has become the first to offer Apple's Siri Eyes Free feature in its cars. The 2013 Sonic Hatchback shown above has the technology integrated to get you talking to your car with the click of a button.

Watch This AppRadio 3 (SPH-DA210) Unboxing And Demo YouTube Video

For those of you looking to familiarize yourself with Pioneer's latest AppRadio 3 there's a YouTube video you should watch. The video shows the unboxing and runs through the features of AppRadio 3. Video was uploaded by YouTube user "marxeduardo". It is included below.

Last Week's AppRadio App Version 2.0.0 (Android) Added Google Voice Input

About a week ago the Android version of the AppRadio app from Pioneer was updated to version 2.0.0. Among the new features in this version is Google Voice input which has been added to enable users to input text more easily. If you have an AppRadio 3 (SPH-DA210 or SPH-DA110) then you may have already used this feature. Here are details of what else is new in version 2.0.0.

Pioneer Wants To Improve The AppRadio Experience Using App Analytics

If you were looking for a sign to know whether Pioneer Electronics is working on improving the AppRadio experience, here it is. The car entertainment giant has updated the iOS version of its AppRadio app today to version 2.4.0.

The latest update was put out for one main purpose. Integrating the ability to collect data from users in order to improve the whole experience. This app description from the App Store explains more…

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

App Update Roundup: Google Maps, Extra Mile, MIXTRAX, MyPV

The following AppRadio compatible apps have received updates in the last couple of days… Google Maps (not fully AppRadio compatible but the most commonly used navigation app with AppRadio), Extra Mile, MIXTRAX and MyPV. Details about each update and links to download from the App Store are included below. These updates are for iOS versions of the app.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

AppRadio 2 "TEST" Error Surfaces, Renders Device Unusable

This was posted in our forums last week. What the user calls a "mysterious issue" has affected his AppRadio 2 rendering it unusable. I thought this issue should be posted here to see if anyone else has experienced this. I haven't heard of this issue myself so it is indeed mysterious to me. Here are full details from AppRadioWorld Forums.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Forget Getting A Connected Car, How About A Connected Scooter?

Japanese startup company, Terra Motors, makes electric vehicles for Asian markets. One such vehicle called the A4000i is an electric scooter that is being called the first bike of its kind. It runs purely on electric power and features an iPhone dock (Sorry Android users!).

How To Adjust The Clock In AppRadio 3 [How-To]

I have received many questions asking how to adjust the clock in AppRadio 3. There is nothing in the 'Settings' menu for this. There have also been queries about this in the AppRadioWorld Forums. I have mentioned how this is done in my AppRadio 3 Review but here it is again…

App Update Roundup: Waze, iHeartAuto, CarMediaPlayer, EC Touch

Here is a list and description of some of the recent AppRadio compatible App updates. Waze, iHeartAuto, CarMediaPlayer and EC Touch are the apps that received updates in the past few weeks. These updates are for iOS versions of the apps. Links to download these updates are also included.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Pioneer AppRadio 3 (SPH-DA210) Review: Some Things Old, Some Things New!

AppRadio Mode on the AppRadio 3 (SPH-DA210)
NOTE*** (Additions to this Review): Thanks to one of our readers I have to mention the following.
GPS Voice Commands: GPS voice commands like "Give me directions to…" work fine with AppRadio 3. Additions have been made to this Review below too.

I posted a few unboxing pictures of Pioneer's latest AppRadio 3 (SPH-DA210) a few days ago. Pioneer USA sent me this unit for review along with the connection kits and I've been using it since. Here is my complete initial review of the device after using it over the last week.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Apple's Car Dashboard Concept Gets OK From U.S. Patent Office

A patent filed and granted at the United States Patent and Trademark Office suggests that Apple might me looking to make their own in-car dashboard. The patent filing says Apple wants to replace your entire dashboard with their own touchscreen-enabled dash which will control everything from temperature to music.

Garmin Announces "Head-Up Display", A Windshield Projector

GPS-maker, Garmin, is coming out with a new device that promises to be a one-of-a-kind. It's called Head-Up Display or simply HUD which connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth. The device requires the Garmin StreetPilot or NAVIGON app to work. An interesting concept! Here is the complete scoop (picture included)…

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Most People Don't Use A Phone Mount While Driving [Poll Results]

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Last week our poll question was aimed to find out the most common type of phone mount used while driving. The results are surprising especially since using a cell phone while driving is illegal in most states. Having the phone mounted while driving is a safe practice helping you keep your hands off the phone while having it in clear sight. Here are the poll results…

Latest Pandora Radio Update Fixes Bugs, Adds Feature Improvements [App Updates]

The iOS version of Pandora Radio has been updated to version 4.4. The latest version adds a couple of nice improvements apart from some bug fixes. Almost everyone nowadays is familiar with the free online streaming music service. With Apple announcing iTunes Radio last month for this Fall it will be interesting to see how it does with Pandora tipped to become its biggest competitor. Here are complete details about the latest update.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Here's The Pioneer AppRadio 3 (SPH-DA210) Unboxing [Pictures]

I received a Pioneer AppRadio 3 (SPH-DA210) review unit from Pioneer Electronics USA earlier today. Check out these unboxing pictures I took which show what's included in the box with the head unit. This is the CD/DVD unit which retails for $499. A full detailed review will be up soon. Thanks to the folks over at Pioneer Electronics USA for sending this unit out for review.