If you happen to own both a Pioneer AV receiver from 2012 and a HTC smartphone, then starting today there's a chance you can use both of them together. Today Pioneer announced a firmware update for "all Pioneer 2012 networked audio video receiver models," that adds support for HTC Connect. This means that you can now use your HTC smartphone to stream music to your receiver.
That's not a bad feature at all, but these AV receivers aren't the first Pioneer products to get HTC Connect functionality. That distinction belongs to the company's SMA wireless speakers, which launched earlier in the year. In any case, a number of Elite and Pioneer branded AV receivers have been given HTC Connect support, and you can see the full list over at Pioneer's website.
By clicking on that link above, you can also find the firmware update for your specific receiver. The page lists all of the HTC handsets that will be compatible with your receiver after you've applied the update: the HTC One series, HTC Droid Incredible 4G, HTC EVO 4G LTE, and the HTC DROID DNA. That's a pretty healthy selection of HTC smartphones, and we're sure owners of the brand-spanking-new DROID DNA will be pleased to see the device on the list.
It should be noted that you can still use your phone as you stream music to your receiver, though Pioneer warns that this functionality hasn't been tested with third-party apps, so it's recommended that you use HTC's pre-installed music app to make sure that everything works properly. Is your receiver supported in Pioneer's push for HTC Connect support?