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Appradio sphda120 Europe with US v1.09 firmware

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Well a few weeks back I posted on here will it work if I popped the latest American on a British head unit , I got answers like " don't it will brick your radio ".

 

I was looking around loads of forums and Facebook groups and nobody seemed to want to do it or answer my question so I just did it.

 

Well here's the lowdown for anyone thinking of doing it ...... Do it !

 

I did it !

 

I followed the regular instruction and it updated and restarted back up no issues ans sporting the 1.09 firmware.

 

There is zero .... Nothing ... Zilch different to layout or apps , I don't have any US only apps like Pandora included just the stuff I had on with v1.07. All my functions work fine for CarPlay but more stable and vastly quicker. I click on apps in CarPlay and they open before I have chance to remove my finger off the screen , where as before there was 6-10 second delay.

 

I've used the radio about 11 hours since updated and so far the bugs in 1.07 I was experiencing have gone , soundless playback , pressing skip caused radio to go quiet till you pressed pause and then resumed and the sound went back normal, random crashing back to pioneer screen and rebooting.

 

I an using iPhone 6 Plus iOS 9.1

 

To summarise

 

No bricked radio as I was told

Vast speed improvement

Bugs for me personally have been fixed

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I may do this to mine as I have the Europe firmware for my iPhone 6 and I will connect the first time in the car but after that I just won't connect to phone at all for using music . The Bluetooth is fine but the apps are a pain in the ass

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Its been done all the time right from the AppRadio 2 onwards, so surprised you didn't find loads of info. Mind you it has been more by the Android people who go the opposite way in getting rid of the restrictive US firmware, for the EU one. This means you don't need a handbrake bypass for full screen mirroring which is much more common with Android users.

 

So, if you just use the basic, restrictive Pioneer features then worth looking at.

 

However, if you have freed up your experience with the likes of AppRadio Unchained on Android, then be warned you will then need a handbrake bypass device if you go from EU to US firmware.

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I have done the update from 1.08 to 1.09 on my EU unit. Works great, but no new features. The US related stuff (Pandora, ...) is not visible. Just like before. That means the US and EU headunits use the same firmware. There have to be some differences in the hardware (solder jumpers, resistors, config eprom or something else) so the firmware can check if it's an EU or US unit.

@400ixl: Even there is no need for an parking brake bypass circuit. Just grounding the parking brake wire seems to work well.

Hoping for an update to get Android Auto!

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I agree with the above. I didn't lose my parking brake wire bypass upgrading either. They will likely be a hardware mod or the USA people would just be doing the EU upgrade to get a proper bypass.

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Done. Still fully works with firmware 1.11 on my European unit. Just the bluetooth firmware is 3.21.3 like before. Do the US units have a newer one? A manual update didn't changed this.

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Hi guys !

Did someone have the same issue as i do, when i try to update from 1.08 EU to 1.11 US (or even 1.09 US) it says "No device, try again later" ? I am following the instructions step by step, with the AVIC5000NEX folder at the usb root, so i don't get why it gives me this message.... Any help please :)

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Well it kind of works on my da120. Now The CarPlay screen looks like it is not centred and is off by half a screen to the left, and half a screen to the top. This means I can't see anything properly and only see a tiny portion of CarPlay screen.

 

Anyone had this?

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