The Pioneer AppRadio 3 is significantly improved over the previous generation and one of the best choices for drivers wanting safe access to smartphone apps while on the road.
AppRadio Unchained is a fan-built app for Android that unlocks the ability to mirror and control any app with the in-dash receiver's 7-inch display.
The third-generation of Pioneer's AppRadio doubled down on app-mirroring modes and finally gets CD playback and Bluetooth audio.
For iPhone 4 and 4S lovers, the Pioneer AppRadio 2 is possibly the best aftermarket receiver that money can buy. For Android users, the choice isn't so obvious.
Ironically, it was adding Android support to the AppRadio that helped Pioneer to tame Apple's new Lightning connector.
Pioneer's AppRadio has great potential as a cost-effective way to add touch-screen iPhone app control to a car's dashboard, but interface and multitasking issues will prove frustrating for early adopters.
The most interesting new trick in this second-generation hardware's bag is Pioneer's announcement of support for Android devices.
Finally, Android users will be able to take advantage of Pioneer's smartphone-centric receiver, but only if they meet the hardware requirements.
The first car stereo to be completely powered by a connected iPhone shows promise, but is limited by multitasking issues.
We've documented the unboxing and installation of Pioneer's newest (and unique) car stereo.