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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

[BREAKING] Pioneer Announces Second Generation NEX Receivers With Android Auto & CarPlay [CES 2015]

The annual Consumer Electronics Show never fails to impress.

Pioneer Electronics has announced its second generation line up of NEX head units at CES 2015 which will be available early this year. NEX products have been some of the most popular receivers from Pioneer in recent years. They feature spectrum is robust and the NEX software is very good.

The big feature Pioneer is adding to its head units this year is Android Auto which will be available alongside Apple CarPlay in three of the five new devices being announced. Here are full details from what Pioneer will showcase at CES 2015 this week, including more pictures.

Pioneer at CES 2015 - In a nutshell

- Five new second generation Networked Entertainment eXperience NEX head units: AVIC-8100NEX, AVIC-7100NEX, AVIC-6100NEX, AVIC-5100NEX and AVH-4100NEX.

- Android Auto: AVIC-8100NEX, AVIC-7100NEX and AVH-4100NEX

- Apple CarPlay: All head units.

- NEX Software: All head units. Some features include AppRadio Mode, Advanced Bluetooth capabilities, MirrorLink, Pandora, SiriusXM-ready, iDatalink Maestro, FLAC playback.

- Main Features: AVIC-8100NEX, AVIC-7100NEX and AVH-4100NEX: HDMI connectivity, Wideband speech & A2DP AAC Bluetooth Connectivity, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, MirrorLink, HD Radio, iDataLink Maestro, Dual Zone Audio/Video Playback.

- Touchscreens: Capacitive on the AVIC-8100NEX and resistive on others. 7-inch size on AVIC-8100NEX, AVIC-7100NEX and AVH-4100 NEX. 6.2-inch on AVIC-6100NEX and AVIC-5100NEX.

- Other products at CES 2015: New generation of TS-D Automotive Component Speakers. High-end speakers with Twaron Aramid Fiber Cone and Elastic Polymer Surround, Installation-friendly crossover and installation flexibility. Also, revolutionary horizontal-vertical transforming TS-WH500A amplified subwoofer.

- Availability: Second generation NEX head units (AVIC-8100NEX, AVIC-7100NEX and AVH-4100NEX) will be available in March 2015 in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. Android Auto has also been promised in the first quarter of 2015.

- Pricing: Suggested retail prices are as follows:
AVIC-8100NEX $1400
AVIC-7100NEX $1200
AVIC-4100NEX $700

- Pictures: Here are all the pictures available at this time...

More details will be available shortly. Stay tuned.


  1. Did Pioneer actually misspell "Android" on their own promotional graphic?

    1. LOL!! Yes,, they sure did!! LOL

    2. Who cares, Android sucks no matter how you spell it.

  2. So what about the NEX4000 units? will it be getting android auto firmware?

  3. Complete joke of a company for not updating less than a year old NEX units. I'll be selling my 4000nex and not buying another pioneer product

  4. Maybe someone hack NEX4000, because differences this NEX4100 looks software

  5. Someone better release a hacked firmware for the 4000NEX. I emailed Pioneer and they said they will not be updating it for Android Auto support. That is completely crazy. If a hacked firmware doesn't come out, I'll be selling all of it and jumping to another brand. What a joke on Pioneer's part. Thanks for the almost year of support.

  6. I'm pretty sure the reason they're not making last year's product compatible is doing so would require Pioneer to pay Google/Android a licensing/royalty fee for the previous units sold. I'd guess that Pioneer is hoping that somebody is able to hack and port the new firmware onto older units to meet consumer needs, yet absolve Pioneer of responsibility.

  7. Pioneer has lost all my business, They took care of Apple users but want Android users to buy a new unit. I just spent 1200 for the 8000nex less than a year ago who woud be crazy to spend another 1200?

  8. Amen to what everybody else has said. I emailed Pioneer about an update for my 4000nex, and I got a lame, one-line response: "Unfortunately it doesn't have the necessary circuit." My A$$. Everything I have read confirms that Android Auto is a software overlay. I am pretty certain that this is some ridiculous attempt to get consumers to abandon their practically new head units and dish out another several hundred dollars on a pathetically under-specced piece of crap. (For example, you charge like $400 for a capacitive touch screen 'upgrade' in your units, Pioneer? Why can I buy an entire tablet with a capacitive touch screen for like $75? Absurd.)

    I, too, will hold out for a hacked firmware update. If that doesn't materialize, I will sell my unit and move to another brand.

  9. Every NEX owner should go to and let Pioneer know what they think of their "flagship" units being obsoleted within one year. I did.

  10. It's possible to use Andoid Auto with a custom firmware file!

    1. item ended. How would he get that firmware anyway?


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