Pioneer said it released firmware version 1.03 for all its new 2015 NEX radios that now permits more compatibility with Google Android Auto.
The new AVIC-8100NEX, AVIC-7100NEX and AVH-4100NEX Pioneer radios now work with most Android phones running Android 5.0 Lollipop.
With the new firmware the radios will work especially with Android devices that were originally manufactured with an earlier version of Android OS installed (such as 4.4 or earlier). These will now automatically prompt the user to connect to the Google Play store and download the apps necessary for Android Auto.
Some of the phones that reportedly will work with Android Auto include the Nexus 6.0, some Samsung S5 versions and the upcoming Samsung S6.
Android users can click here from their Android device and Google will let them know if it’s compatible with Android Auto.
Pioneer is the first aftermarket car maker to offer Android Auto compatibility. The company air shipped many of the new navigation or AV/radios in order to have them ready for the Android Auto launch, it said.
“We truly believe that…Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be really positive for the industry, answering a consumer demand outside of the enthusiast that we’ve all been living for the last decade or so,” said Pioneer’s Ted Cardenas.
There are 200 million users of the iPhone and Android phones in the US that are now potential car audio customers, he said. Many have older cars given that the average age of cars on the road is over 11 years.
Google officially launched Android Auto last week, joining Apple’s CarPlay in offering consumers an easy way to connect their phones to a car radio while viewing a simple and familiar interface on the radio.
The new firmware update also fixed a pop noise problem while playing a music file from the SD card for the 3 Android Auto-ready NEX radios and it also fixed some minor bugs.
For more information about how Android Auto works with Pioneer radios visit www.pioneer-carglobal.com/AndroidAuto.