By Ben Bowers
on 1.13.12
Photo by Pioneer

Android owners continually get the short end of the stick compared to their iPhone counterparts when it comes to the accessory world. Pioneer’s new App Radio 2 does its part to remedy the situation, by adding support for MHL capable Android handsets, in addition to the iPhone 4/4S compatibility the of the original version. That simpatico approach allows users in both handset camps to experience compatible App Radio smartphone apps on the device’s expanded 7-inch, 800 x 480, capacitive touchscreen. For now that list includes the company’s own Mixtrax virtual DJ software, along with several other music focused apps like Pandora. The native maps calendar, contacts, and photo apps on both platforms are also fully supported, as is built-in Bluetooth for handsfree calling. Like the original version, the sequel features inputs for an optional rearview camera, and support for adding steering-wheel controls, while adding a second preamp output for greater audio system setup flexibility.

The device will retail for $599 when it launches officially this April, which makes it a fairly affordable solution for drivers looking to bring their current whip into the modern smartphone age, compared to buying an entirely new ride.

Buy Now: $599 (Available April)

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