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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

First Firmware Updates For Second Generation NEX Head Units Released

Pioneer Electronics has just released the first set of firmware updates for all five second generation NEX head units. The firmware version 1.03 has a few improvements including expanded compatibility with Google Android Auto.

So if you own one of these NEX head units; AVIC-8100NEX, AVIC-7100NEX, AVIC-6100NEX, AVIC-5100NEX or AVH-4100NEX, then continue reading after the break.

Firmware Update (version 1.03) for NEX Receivers

- Expanded compatibility with Google Android Auto (8100NEX, 7100NEX and 4100NEX)
- Fixed a pop noise problem while playing a music file in SD (8100NEX, 7100NEX and 4100NEX)
- Minor bug fixes (all models)

- Only install updates corresponding to the model number of your head unit. Updates downloaded from the US site should be applied to receivers sold in the United States and Canada only.

What you'll need:
- Compatible second generation Pioneer NEX head unit
- One of the following storage devices with at least 2GB of storage formatted to FAT32: USB Flash drive or SD Card

How to obtain the firmware update files:
- Visit the Pioneer website at and download the file corresponding to your receiver's model number. Transfer file to storage device for installation.

How to update:
Use one of the following:
- USB Flash Drive (for AVIC-5100NEX, AVIC-6100NEX, AVIC-8100NEX and AVH-4100NEX) formatted to FAT32 and 2GB or larger in capacity OR
- MicroSD card (for AVIC-7100NEX, AVIC-8100NEX and AVH-4100NEX) formatted to FAT32 and 2GB or larger in capacity

Either storage device should be blank without any files on them.

Which USB port to use: 
IMPORTANT: Only USB Port 1 on your NEX head unit should be used to update the firmware.

How To: 
Download the relevant firmware file for for your head unit onto your storage device after decompressing it (file is in .zip format). Connect the device to the head unit and proceed.
Note: You can check your current firmware version on your head unit by going to the System Settings menu.

Once the storage device is connected, go to System Settings on the Top Menu screen of your NEX receiver. Scroll down till you find "System Information" and then "Firmware Update."

Click "Continue" and then "Start." Do not turn off your head unit when update is being installed. The head unit will restart itself during the process.

Once the update is done, remove your storage device and you're all set. You can confirm the new firmware version in the System Settings menu.

Pioneer's instructions are self-explanatory. Read all the information in the instruction documents before proceeding and make sure you are installing the correct firmware file for your respective head unit.

Source: Pioneer Electronics

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