I have the Pioneer Appradio2 in my car. The firmware hasn't been updated in several years... There are some pretty big user interface issues, such as the track selection buttons moving around in various modes.. They move based on whether you are using the ipod player, or using the ipod music while viewing the GPS screen (using theaudio mixing) for instance. Hard to find on a touch screen while driving... Things like that should always be located in the same place!
The bluetoth connection to my phone failed the day my phone received Android 5.0.2. months ago, still doesn't work. they haven't fixed that. It either fails to connect, or if you can get it to connect, then it will not a 2nd time, without deleting the android pair. If you do get it connected, then it won't transfer the phone calls, or the phone book from the phone.
Pioneer should learn to support a product before developing a new one!
I got the AVIC-8100NEX on Amazon.com for ~$900 and installed it in a 2011 GMC Acadia. I was immediately impressed, and very happy with this head unit. I had no previous knowledge of the commands, but Android Auto did what I asked, very quickly. This unit is solid, both with the built in apps and the Android Auto compatibility.
I agree, just by the price and the images. I immediately thought to myself, why not just a device that mirrors what is displayed on the phone through USB or Bluetooth. We don't want another device to maintain.
Add all the amplifiers they want and still produce a high quality in dash unit for less than half of the price.
This is something I've been dying to see, I've been following carputers for a decade now. However... this requires Android, and not just that, Lollipop. The iPhone requirements are just as unrealistic. Smartphones still only account for half of the mobile phone market!