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Review: Pioneer's $700 wireless Android Auto head unit is a great concept that needs polish

In theory, Android Auto is a fantastic idea. It brings a unified UI, Google's class-leading Maps, and seamless integration with your music, notifications, and calls to any car or head unit that supports it. But aside from the various bugs and issues that seem to continually crop up, I'd argue that Android Auto's biggest downside is having to plug and unplug your phone whenever you enter and exit your car. As a result, many people, including myself, were pretty excited to see wireless Android Auto debut at CES this year with new head units from JVC and Kenwood.

A few months later, Pioneer announced two of its own wireless Android Auto head units: the $700 AVH-W4400NEX and the $1,200 AVIC-W8400NEX.

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KENWOOD's five wireless Android Auto head units are now shipping

Android Auto is handy to have in your car, but one of its main caveats is the requirement to have your phone plugged in at all times. Wireless Android Auto aims to solve that problem, and JVC and KENWOOD have collectively announced seven units that support it. KENWOOD's five units, all of which are understandably pretty pricey, are now shipping in the US.

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Crankshaft turns a Raspberry Pi 3 and a touchscreen into an Android Auto head unit

Android Auto-compatible head units aren't too difficult to find these days, but they cost a pretty penny and usually won't fit properly in older cars. A developer created a solution called Crankshaft to address both of those issues, and all you need to make it a reality is a Raspberry Pi 3 and a touchscreen.

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[Update: Now available for $900] Alpine announces Android Auto head unit with a 'floating' 9-inch display

Alpine is on hand at CES to roll out yet another Android Auto head unit, but this one might be more appealing to those with limited dash space. The iLX-F309 has a big 9-inch LCD, but it doesn't need that much space available in your dash thanks to a wacky floating design. Yes, the image above shows CarPlay, but just pretend it's Android Auto.

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[Deal Alert] Pioneer AVH-3300NEX single-DIN Android Auto head unit is just $448 ($152 off) on Amazon and Abt

There is no shortage of Android Auto-capable head units on the market, but as of right now, there is only one of the single-DIN variety: the Pioneer AVH-3300NEX. Considering that a lot of people are still driving around in cars with single-DIN slots, that's pretty incredible. Now you can buy an AVH-3300NEX for just $448, $152 off the MSRP, from Amazon and Abt.

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[Deal Alert] Get the JVC KW-M730BT Android Auto unit for $298.99 ($51 off) from Amazon

Android Auto is great, but paying $400+ for decent head units (even when they're on sale!) is a bit ridiculous. If you don't mind the lack of most physical buttons, one of JVC's Android Auto-compatible units is just $298.99 right now on Amazon, $51 lower than the usual price.

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JVCKENWOOD will have a pair of wireless Android Auto-capable head units on display at CES

Android Auto makes the in-car experience a lot nicer (at least when it's not bugging out), but it's tedious to have to plug your phone in every time you get in the car just to use it. We've been hoping for a wireless solution for some time now, and it seems like it's finally becoming a reality. JVCKENWOOD will have two receivers capable of wireless Android Auto on display at CES 2018.

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[Deal Alert] Sony XAV-AX100 Android Auto unit is $348 ($50 off), XAV-AX200 is $449 ($50 off)

When Android Auto was first introduced, your only option for using it was to buy a brand new car. But soon enough, third-party head units (like the lovely Sony one pictured above) started showing up. Now that you can run the full Android Auto interface on your phone, you don't strictly need a compatible head unit, but they're getting cheaper anyways.

Now you can get the Sony XAV-AX100 and XAV-AX200 head units for $50 off the usual prices.

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Pioneer's three 2017 Android Auto head units, including a single-DIN model, are now available at multiple retailers

Pioneer is one of the most active manufacturers in the Android Auto head unit game, and that hasn't changed for 2017. The AVH-3300NEX, AVH-2330NEX, and AVH-2300NEX were all announced earlier this year, but they haven't been available for purchase until now. Interestingly, the 3300NEX is actually a single-DIN unit - a first for Pioneer's Android Auto lineup.

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Android Auto Website Finally Lists The Exact Car And Stereo Models That Support It

A couple of days ago, Google revamped the Android Wear website to make it more interactive and today it's rolling out an update to another website: Android Auto. This time though, it's not the whole site that's getting completely overhauled, just the section at the bottom for supported manufacturers.

Previously, that only listed car and head unit manufacturers with links to their websites' landing pages - not even a specific Android Auto section on their site. Now, that list has been moved to the second Brands tab, with a new Models tab taking the first place. This has a list of all manufacturers with the exact models of cars and head units that support Auto.

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