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JasonH

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. continues to enhance the in-vehicle smartphone experience by announcing that 16 more Android-based smartphones are compatible with AppRadio Mode in-dash receivers, including highly popular models from Samsung, HTC, Motorola and Sony. Compatibility with current and newly added Android smartphone devices enables the use and enjoyment of dozens of today’s most popular apps directly from the screen of AppRadio Mode products, including AppRadio 3 (SPH-DA210 and SPH-DA110) and AppRadio 2 smartphone receivers, AVH-X8500BHS DVD receiver, and AVIC-X950BH and AVIC-Z150BH navigation receivers.

 

Connecting the newly compatible smartphones requires Pioneer’s CD-AH200C Android Connection Kit (sold separately). The original Samsung Connector (EPL-3FHUBEGSTD) is also required for the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4 in addition to the Android Connection Kit.

 

Below are the latest compatible smartphones, with green indicating the newly announced device models and black showing previously confirmed models that are now compatible with the updated Android operating systems. More than 40 Android devices are compatible with AppRadio Mode receivers. For more information and a complete list of compatible smartphone models, please visit www.pioneerelectronics.com/android

 

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JasonH

AppRadio 2 Firmware Update v8.30 (2/15/2013)

  • Firmware support for iPhone® 5 and fifth generation iPod® touch.
  • iPhone 5 compatibility requires the use/purchase of:
    • Pioneer CD-IH202 interface cable kit
    • Apple® Lightning to Digital AV Adapter
    • Apple USB to Lightning cable

    [*]Do not install this update if you do not own an iPhone 5 or fifth generation iPod touch. A member has reported issues after updating with a iPhone 4S.

Download here: Pioneer.com

JasonH

Pioneer CES 2013

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today launched three new in-dash navigation systems, AVIC-Z150BH, AVIC-X950BH and AVIC-X850BT, that combine advanced route guidance, multimedia entertainment and smartphone connectivity functions. The entire lineup of products includes iPhone 5 compatibility as well as high resolution WVGA touchscreen displays ranging from 6.1 to 7 inches, new mapping interface with available built-in real-time traffic information, new graphical user interface (GUI), AppRadio™ Mode (previously known as Advanced AppMode), SiriusXM® ready, built-in Bluetooth® functionality, USB connectivity (must have iPod® cable for USB functionality), HD Radio™ Technology, DVD/CD/MP3 playback, and more.

 

http://youtu.be/mtJS4o0W7sc

 

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JasonH

Pioneer Hackathon

Just posted by Pioneer:

 

Calling all app developers! Are you up for the challenge? Do you think you have what it takes to work non-stop to create the next big app to work with Pioneer's AppRadio, the revolutionary in-dash car stereo that controls compatible apps directly from its touchscreen? If so, we'll see you in Vegas!

 

http://youtu.be/nlOPK8NQ-GQ

 

Find out more and register for free at http://www.pioneerhackathon.com.

JasonH

iPhone 5 Compatibility

After testing the iPhone 5 with the 30 pin adapter and the current cable from pioneer:

  • Supports audio iPod output with ID3 data and album art
  • Supports audio out apps (like Pandora)
  • Supports controls (track change, thumb up, thumb down, next, etc)
  • Will NOT support video iPod, video app, or Enhanced App Radio functions.

Without the 30 pin adapter, (using the included USB cable) all you can do is charge the phone on the X/F/Z Series.

It appears that the newer AVH Series units support direct USB connection.

 

Pioneer Compatibility Chart (PDF)

JasonH

Source: http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Car/AppRadio/AppRadio+(SPH-DA01)?tab=firmware

Forum Discussion: http://avic411.com/i...e-avaible-v250/

 

Dear Valued Pioneer Customer:

We would like to inform you of the availability of a free firmware update (version 2.50 released in April 2012) for the Pioneer AppRadio SPH-DA01 in-dash multimedia system. This firmware update applies only to AppRadio SPH-DA01 units sold in the United States and Canada. This firmware update (version 2.50) contains improvements for Bluetooth functions and minor bug fixes.

This notice explains how to obtain the free firmware update for the AppRadio SPH-DA01.Even if you are not currently experiencing any issues with your AppRadio in-dash multimedia system, we still recommend that you install the free firmware update. Installation of the updates should take less than ten minutes to complete.

 

HOW TO OBTAIN THE FREE FIRMWARE UPDATE

1. Download the
INSTRUCTIONS
for the AppRadio Firmware Update v2.50.

2. There are
two
separate files for this update. You must first complete the BOOT FILE update followed by the FIRMWARE UPDATE. Download the files, decompress, and transfer the files to two microSD cards for insertion into the AppRadio.

You can also choose to order microSD cards containing the free update by calling Pioneer Customer Service toll free at 800-421-1404 and then transferring to the
Parts Order Department
or arrange for your AppRadio SPH-DA01 in-dash multimedia system to be shipped to Pioneer for installation of the update by calling Pioneer Customer Service toll free at 800-421-1404 and then transferring to the
Warranty & Service Department
.

 

HOW TO DETERMINE IF THE FIRMWARE UPDATE HAS ALREADY BEEN INSTALLED

 

1. From the AppRadio main screen, press the settings icon in the upper left hand corner, and select the General settings icon.

2. Press the Radio icon at the bottom of the General settings screen.

3. If the Software Version shows
V2.50
, as shown below, the update has already been installed.

SPHDA01_FWv2.50-check-screen.jpg

4. If the Radio settings screen shows a Software Version of V2.45 or lower, then the V2.50 update is required.

 

If you have any questions, please contact the Pioneer Customer Service Center toll free at 1-800-421-1404. Pioneer service representatives are available Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Eastern Time), except on Holidays.

Sincerely,

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.

JasonH

The 2012 Lineup

http://youtu.be/zH4ha789OrY

 

AVIC SYSTEMS ADVANCEMENTS

 

Android Device Connectivity

Pioneer’s newest in-dash navigation models now support wireless app control via the Bluetooth Serial Port Profile (SPP) for select Android™ devices, enabling audio playback with app display and control through the AVIC touchscreen displays. The following apps are enabled using these new features:

  • Pandora®internet radio
     
    Pandora internet radio users can enjoy their personalized listening experience fully integrated into their dash and through the speakers in their car. Both Pandora enabled units display the currently playing album, artist and song text information, display current song album art and the user interface features full control of station selection, track info, and thumbs-up and thumbs-down feedback options through the touchscreen of the AVIC systems.

  • Aha Radio®

With the free Aha Radio app, Android version available Spring ‘12, users can listen to the latest traffic conditions on their current or planned road, listen to Facebook and Twitter updates, access hundreds of podcasts and other services such as the “Hungry” and “Coffee” stations, which deliver real-time vicinity search results and directions to preferred restaurant categories listed on Yelp. Aha Radio offers more than 100 content and podcast stations that can be conveniently accessed and controlled directly on the display of the Pioneer system.

 

Bluetooth Connectivity

Bluetooth connectivity is built-in to provide a wireless communication and data connection to Bluetooth enabled devices. For 2012, the Bluetooth profiles include the Hands-Free Profile (HFP) for wireless calling and receiving; the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP), which allows wireless audio streaming; and the Audio Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) version 1.3, which provides wireless control of devices and related metadata (if available) to be viewed directly on the Pioneer touchscreen display.

 

Advanced App Mode and App Mode

Expanding upon the Pioneer AppRadio platform introduced in 2011, Advanced App Mode combined with the Pioneer AppRadio App enables AVIC users to view and control compatible third-party apps which currently include MotionX®-GPS DRIVE, INRIX® Traffic, Rdio®, PANDORA® internet radio, DashCommand™ (Version 2.9.0), StreamS HiFi™ (Version 5.1.1) and AUPEO! Personal Radio (Version 2.36). More AppRadio compatible apps are under development and will be added soon, dynamically expanding the features of AppRadio and Advanced App Mode products including the AVIC navigation systems.

The AVIC-Z140BH and AVIC-X940BT also feature Pioneer’s App Mode, which offers access to streaming video content on a compatible iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S from Safari, YouTube and other select apps when the vehicle is in park and the hand brake is fully engaged.

 

Audio

In addition to an 8-band graphic equalizer and Advanced Sound Retriever (ASR), a feature that enhances audio playback of compressed audio files, new features like Auto EQ Measurement and the Sonic Center Control have been added to both navigation units, enabling users to precisely calibrate the sound field in the car.

 

HD Radioâ„¢ Technology

Embracing a growing trend for high quality audio broadcasts, both AVIC systems feature HD Radio Technology (AVIC-Z140BH built-in tuner and AVIC-Z940BT optional with GEX-P20HD), providing clear digital reception of HD Radio broadcasts from radio stations around the country. In addition to great audio quality, additional information such as the artist and song title can be viewed on each model’s touchscreen display. And, with the AVIC-Z140BH, the system supports the HD Radio Artist Experience feature, which allows the user to view album art, station logos or other broadcast related graphics in addition to the displayed text information (when available).

 

AVIC-Z140BH

In addition to a comprehensive map database from NAVTEQ, the double-DIN AVIC-Z140BH features 4GB of flash memory for fast access of mapping information; a 7-inch WVGA touchscreen display; a 3D graphics accelerator; DVD playback; Dual Zone capability for independent rear seat audio/video playback; built-in Bluetooth1 for hands-free calling and music streaming; USB connectivity2 for playback of audio/video media stored on a flash drive, hard drive, media player and/or smartphone; SD card slot; back-up camera input and built-in HD Radio tuner. Additionally, the unit features enhanced voice recognition for extra convenience while driving.

The AVIC-Z140BH offers Clear Channel’s Total Traffic Network3 service (free subscription included) via the included Radio Data Service-Traffic Message Channel (RDS-TMC) tuner to provide an overlay of real-time traffic events and conditions on the navigation map.

 

AVIC-X940BT

The new double-DIN AVIC-X930BT features 4GB of flash memory for mapping information; a 6.1-inch WVGA touchscreen display; a 3D graphics accelerator; DVD playback; Dual Zone capability for independent rear seat audio/video playback; built-in Bluetooth1 for hands-free calling and music streaming; USB connectivity2 for playback of audio/video media stored on a flash drive, hard drive, media player and/or smartphone; micro SD card slot; back-up camera input and connectivity for an HD Radio tuner (sold separately).

The AVIC-X940BT also offers Clear Channel’s Total Traffic Network3 service as an option via the Pioneer ND-TMC10 RDS-TMC tuner to provide an overlay of real-time traffic events and conditions on the navigation map.

New for 2012, the X-series navigation systems feature a detachable faceplate for added security.

The AVIC-X940BT and AVIC-Z140BH will be available in April for suggested prices of $800 and $1200, respectively.

JasonH

  • Navteq maps
  • HD Radio Artist experience (Album art for stations)
  • Advanced App Mode: gives the ability to control apps from the headunit just as you can with AppRadio.
    • All of the same apps that are compatible with AppRadio, are now compatible with the new AVIC's.

    [*]SPP BT profile to add Android/Blackberry support for Pandora and Aha.

 

Source: New Z140/X940 Features

JasonH

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc., the leader in aftermarket car electronics technology, today unveiled its latest innovation, the game-changing AppRadio™. Drawing upon Pioneer’s technology integration expertise and following its “Rethinking Connectivity” strategy, AppRadio is the first in-vehicle product designed to utilize the processing power, storage capacity, network connectivity and apps of the iPhone and iPod touch (4th generation) as the primary source for its information and entertainment capabilities. Pioneer’s AppRadio also features the industry’s first capacitive touchscreen that enables control of most functions using similar touch and motion gestures as many of today’s most popular smartphones, but in a larger 6.1-inch screen designed specifically for safer in-vehicle operation. For safety and convenience, AppRadio features built-in Bluetooth1 for hands-free calling and an input for an optional vehicle mounted rear facing back-up camera.

 

“Pioneer is rethinking connectivity by tapping into the power of the smartphone, while simultaneously providing a solution that safely merges the consumer’s connected lifestyle into the vehicle,” said Ted Cardenas, director of marketing for the car electronics division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “AppRadio fully embraces the iPhone, which has become the window to our mobile connectivity and provides a comprehensive and safer way to use apps in the car.”

 

The power of AppRadio comes from the ability to simply and easily update its software, similar to many of today’s most powerful mobile devices. The front of the unit features a clean and simple aesthetic with only three physical buttons; a home button, a volume up button and a volume down button combined with a high resolution WVGA (800 x 480) 6.1-inch capacitive touchscreen display. This capacitive touch panel requires less pressure, responds faster and can recognize multiple touch points simultaneously, advantages when compared to traditional resistive touchscreen displays. Touchscreen control is used for all functions including the app interface, iPod control/playback, AM/FM radio, and Bluetooth hands-free calling features.

 

Pioneer Centric Apps

When connected to an iPhone and iPod touch (4th generation) with the Pioneer AppRadio application and compatible third-party apps, the full potential of the AppRadio is unleashed, bringing an ever-expanding world of convenience and connectivity directly into the dash. The Pioneer AppRadio application, available free in the App Store, enables access to the data and connectivity of the iPhone 4, providing users the ability to access Google Maps and stay current with recommended compatible third-party apps.

 

Google Maps appears on the AppRadio screen with the same mapping information and features that consumers are familiar with. The system enables users to search2, route to locations, view route directions and create bookmarks with the ability to drop pins directly on the map.

 

Pioneer has initially partnered with several app providers to integrate AppRadio compatibility into a few of today’s most popular apps, formatted specifically for safe use and access in the vehicle. AppRadio compatible apps are now available including INRIX, MotionX-GPS Drive, Rdio, and Pandora Radio.

 

With the vehicle parked and the parking brake fully engaged, additional apps featuring second screen video output can be viewed on the AppRadio screen.

 

Access to the Future

As the library of AppRadio compatible applications grows, users will be automatically notified via Pioneer’s AppRadio iPhone application, with a link to the respective app(s) page within the App Store. Additionally, the AppRadio software itself is updatable offering the potential for future hardware, software and app compatibility changes.

 

Music and Communication

AppRadio continues Pioneer’s strong audio heritage, with a built-in AM/FM tuner with RDS text information display (when available) and full iPod audio control/playback. Pioneer employs Apple’s iPod Out feature enabling the AppRadio system to display the familiar iPod navigation menu, displaying album art, song title and artist. This promotes a safer driving experience, as all of AppRadio’s controls have been designed specifically for in-vehicle operation. This newly developed interface technology supports iPhone 4 and iPod touch (4th generation) running iOS 4.2 or later. In addition, AppRadio enables direct access to the latest iPod functions, such as custom playlists and Genius Mixes, which let users automatically create playlists of music with similarities from their music library.

 

Safe, in-vehicle phone functionality is simple with built-in Bluetooth, enabling hands-free cellular phone operation using the car’s speakers and the included external microphone to turn the car into a rolling speakerphone. Access to the user’s phonebook is provided via Bluetooth phonebook transfer, with browsing and searching available by touchscreen controls.

 

The AppRadio includes a 30-pin connector, external GPS antenna, external microphone for hands-free calling and input/output connections to support the addition of an optional rear view camera, wired remote steering wheel control adapter and an external amplifier via one set of preamp outputs.

 

Pioneer’s AppRadio will be available in late June with a suggested retail price below $500.

 

The Pioneer AppRadio App is available now from the App Store for the iPhone 4 and iPod touch (4th generation) or at www.apple.com/itunes/.

 

Source: http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Press-Room/Car-Audio-Video/Pioneer%E2%80%99s+AppRadio+Provides+a+Revolutionary+Way+to+Use+Apps+in+The+Car

Pics/Video: http://www.engadget.com/2011/05/25/pioneer-appradio-hands-on/

JasonH

I meant to post this on October 15th, but got caught up in all the recent upgrades, so it's a slightly belated birthday.

Anyway... AVIC411 is 5 years old! Happy Birthday to us!

AVIC411 was created on October 15th 2005 and started with just a few posts made by myself.

It's now 5 years (and a few days) later and we have grown to over 219,000 posts, and have over 45,000 members.

AVIC411 has gone through 3 major software changes (phpbb2, phpbb3, Invision Power Board) and has needed to move to a more powerful server 4 times. (We're now on a VDS with a quad core 2.33ghz Intel Xeon)

 

Sooooo, lets do some math:

 

5 years * 365 days = 1825 days.

219,210 posts / 1825 days = ~120 posts per day!

45,773 members / 1825 says = ~25 new members per day!

 

Thanks to everyone who has helped AVIC411 become what it is today.

 

Source: AVIC411 is 5 Years Old!

JasonH

AVIC411 be attending CES this year (technically 2011) to cover all the latest and greatest automotive electronics from Pioneer as well as other manufacturers announcements! It will be 4 days of cutting edge technology goodness and it will all be posted right here.

 

Pioneer has a press conference on January 5th which I'll be covering, as well as other events throughout CES until January 9th.

Stay tuned!

 

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JasonH

The latest software version 2.003 has just been released! This software is for the AVIC-X920BT, AVIC-Z120BT (and the AVIC-Z110BT that has been updated to the 2010 software.) Fixes: Phonebook contacts are no longer being displayed backwards (Last Name, First Name) on the headunit when using V-Cards. Contacts now always show (First name, Last Name). The biggest fix is that VR cataloging now starts correctly when the ok button is pressed.

JasonH

I’m a few days late with this announcement, but as of June 28th, Pioneer has updated the AVIC Feeds iPhone app to be compatible with iOS4! However, we’re all still anxiously waiting for PandoraLink to support multitasking.

JasonH

The 2010 Road Show has sadly come to an end, and AVIC411 was there with a exclusive first look at the new Z120BT. Here’s a summary of what we know: 1. The Z120BT is basically a Z110BT with new, radically improved software. 2. The Z110 will get a software upgrade at some point in time to turn it into a Z120.

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