When I had a Pioneer car stereo installed in my trusty little Mazda 2, it was awesome. Touch-screen, easy to read, and so much better than what the car came with. Then they upgraded the firmware to support Apple Carplay – that was fantastic. So how do you go one step further? Android Auto support of course.
As soon as it was available I had the unit swapped out for one that was compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. This means that a household with multiple mobile operating systems could share the car and enjoy the in-car entertainment as they should be able to.
While most people would use one or the other, when you need the other – it’s there.
Android Auto and Apple Carplay are not products of Pioneer, and they battle head to head with Android Auto probably pipping Carplay on function, but gee wiz it’s a close battle.
Pioneer brought them both to cars – the car you own now – so no need to lo0k at a new Ferrari to get your Carplay fix, or a Hyundai for both, you can keep your current car and upgrade the stereo.
The experience is excellent, and Pioneer have done it very well.
Trev is a Technology Commentator, Dad, Speaker and Rev Head.
He produces and hosts two popular podcasts, EFTM and Two Blokes Talking Tech. He also appears on over 50 radio stations across Australia weekly, and is the resident Tech Expert on Channel 9’s Today Show each day and appears regularly on A Current Affair.
Father of three, he is often found down in his Man Cave.