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Long Beach, Calif. — Pioneer updated its AppRadio platform and debuted its first two compatible in-dash receivers, both of which also have compatibility with MirrorLink-enabled smartphones.
In addition to iOS and Android compatibility, the SPH-DA210 and SPH-DA110 units can be controlled with MirrorLink-enabled smartphones. MirrorLink is an industry-standard technology that lets touchscreen-equipped OEM and aftermarket head units control and stream content from the smartphones using the handset suppliers’ MirrorLink app.
AppRadio 3 provides access to such apps as Pandora, iHeartAudio, Aupeo, Rdio, Escort Live, Glympse, Inrix Traffic, a calendar app, and a variety of GPS and navigation services. A Mixtrax app from Pioneer creates custom playlists with DJ effects.
AppRadio 3 will also support touch and motion gestures from compatible third-party apps.
Features of the SPH-DA210 ($399 suggested retail) and SPH-DA110 ($499) in-dash receivers include Bluetooth A2DP streaming, voice control for Siri Eyes Free and Google Voice Recognition, a revised graphical user interface with access to the most commonly used features, dual preamp outputs, and AM/FM radio with RDS text information.
They both have 7-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreens, and the SPH-DA210 adds a built-in DVD/CD player. Both will ship in July.
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