App Wrap: "AppRadio," "OnLive"
Tech Beat reporter Adam Balkin highlights the coolest and newest apps for your cell phone or mobile device in the twice-weekly segment “App Wrap.”
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AppRadio is electronics manufacturer Pioneer's answer to how to best use the power of your smartphone in your car - and how to do it safely.
Simply put, the head unit is a big 6.1 inch touch screen, billed as the first aftermarket car radio with an iPhone-like capacitive screen for swiping and multi-touch.
Via a Pioneer app that can be downloaded on the iPhone 4, certain apps on the iPhone 4 that are "car-friendly" sync with the unit.
There are certain apps that are available and certain ones that aren't so natural," said Ted Cardenas from Pioneer. "Ones like navigation, traffic, or internet radio those are all available but things like video which you wouldn't want to do in your car anyway, or games, those apps are restricted."
Pioneer's App radio is out now for about $400.
OnLive is preparing a mobile video game rental service for iOS and Android devices.
How it works is you'll pay to rent a single game at a time or, similar to Netflix, you can get a membership for access to a wide variety of games each month to play without limit.
The company will also sell with the service a wireless, Xbox-like remote for a console feel while gaming on your mobile device.
Pricing on the service and the controller are still being worked out but they are both set to launch this fall.