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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.
Tokyo — Pioneer Electronics reported higher net sales but lower operating profits and a net loss for its fiscal year, ended March 31.
Consolidated net sales grew 3.5 percent year on year, to 451,841 million yen, due to increased OEM sales of car navigation systems and consumer-market sales of car audio products.
Operating income declined 52.1 percent year on year, to 5,997 million yen, due to an increase in selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses and a lower gross profit margin, among other factors.
Long Beach, Calif. — Pioneer is bringing down the opening price of multiple technologies in its Elite AV receiver series, including Mobile High-definition Link (MHL), 4K by 2K passthrough, and DTS Neo:X surround.
The changes appear with the launch of two opening-price Elite AVRs, the $525-suggested 7.1-channel VSX-43 and the $750 7.2-channel VSX-70. They replace the $500-suggested 7.1-channel VSX-42 and $700-suggested 7.2-channel VSX-60.
With the launch, Elite AVRs for the first time get 4K by 2K up-scaling, which appears in the $750 model.
Long Beach, Calif. — Pioneer is expanding connectivity options and adding some new features to its 2013 series of mainstream A/V receivers (AVRs), the first four of which will ship in March.
Additional models will be announced at a later date.
Long Beach, Calif. — Pioneer has begun offering a $120 mail-in rebate with the purchase a $499-suggested AppRadio 2 in-dash head unit from any authorized Pioneer retailer through April 30.
AppRadio2, which features a 7-inch touchscreen, enables head-unit access to such core iPhone features as contacts, calendar and stored music as well as head-unit control of select compatible third-party iPhone apps, including navigation. AppRadio 2 offers similar functionality for 27 connected Android smartphones.
Long Beach, Calif. - The consolidation of Pioneer’s home A/V business unit in Japan with two other business units will turn the unit into a leaner wholly-owned subsidiary.
Russ Johnston, executive VP of home entertainment and corporate communications at Pioneer Electronics USA, said the move will speed up product planning, time to market, and a return to home A/V profitability.
Kawasaki, Japan — Plummeting home electronics sales in Japan and falling sales of optical-disc drives yielded a third-quarter operating and net loss at Pioneer.
The company also announced plans to lay off 800 regular and temporary employees in Japan, reduce the salaries of officers and employees, and realign the home A/V business with related businesses to spin them off to create a new, leaner company.
The related businesses will presumably include the company’s DJ business. Addition details of the spin-off plan were unavailable.
“WASHINGTON: The inexorable push for mobility in gadgets has reshaped the electronics industry, a shift that reflects a changing of the guard at the world's biggest consumer technology show.
Gone from the 2013 International CES, to be held January 8-11 in Las Vegas, are giants such as Microsoft, and longtime tech stalwarts such as Intel and Hewlett-Packard are taking a back seat to firms focused on more portable, or even wearable, devices.”
January 4th issue of Channelasia.com.
Long Beach, Calif. — Pioneer Electronics has begun offering firmware updates for all of its 2012 networked audio/video receivers (AVRs) to add HTC Connect technology.