Ford Adds Smartphone Apps To SYNC

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    Ford is building on its SYNC technology with an AppLink software that will allow hands-free voice control of popular smartphone applications.

    SYNC AppLink, a downloadable software upgrade, being released for the 2011 Ford Fiesta later this year, allows drivers hands-free control of apps on their Android or BlackBerry smartphones via voice commands and vehicle controls.

    The system is specifically aimed at the Android Market and BlackBerry App World are among the leading growth markets for mobile apps. The new SYNC AppLink will seamlessly integrate apps using the vehicle’s voice and user interface controls, including buttons on the steering wheel, increasing eyes-on-the-road and hands-on-the-wheel time.

    The first SYNC-enabled apps available later this year include Pandora internet radio, Stitcher “smart radio” and Orangatame’s OpenBeak app for Twitter, with additional apps on the way.  Updated versions of each app, incorporating the SYNC application programming interface (API), will be available through Android Market and BlackBerry App World for customers to download.

    Ford will introduce AppLink on all SYNC-equipped vehicles next year, as well as provide interoperability with iPhone and other smartphones.

    The AppLink is the latest in a number of recent addition to Ford’s popular SYNC technology which includes built-in apps, including Vehicle Health Report and 911 Assist and other  apps like Traffic, Directions & Information rely on beamed-in, or “cloud-based,” information.

    Drivers can also access the Ford Service Delivery Network, a network of data centers providing turn-by-turn directions, business searches, and on-demand news, sports and weather information, through a simple voice-connection using their cell phone.Ford is building on its SYNC technology with an AppLink software that will allow hands-free voice control of popular smartphone applications.

    SYNC AppLink, a downloadable software upgrade, being released for the 2011 Ford Fiesta later this year, allows drivers hands-free control of apps on their Android or BlackBerry smartphones via voice commands and vehicle controls.

    The system is specifically aimed at the Android Market and BlackBerry App World are among the leading growth markets for mobile apps. The new SYNC AppLink will seamlessly integrate apps using the vehicle’s voice and user interface controls, including buttons on the steering wheel, increasing eyes-on-the-road and hands-on-the-wheel time.

    The first SYNC-enabled apps available later this year include Pandora internet radio, Stitcher “smart radio” and Orangatame’s OpenBeak app for Twitter, with additional apps on the way.  Updated versions of each app, incorporating the SYNC application programming interface (API), will be available through Android Market and BlackBerry App World for customers to download.

    Ford will introduce AppLink on all SYNC-equipped vehicles next year, as well as provide interoperability with iPhone and other smartphones.

    The AppLink is the latest in a number of recent addition to Ford’s popular SYNC technology which includes built-in apps, including Vehicle Health Report and 911 Assist and other  apps like Traffic, Directions & Information rely on beamed-in, or “cloud-based,” information.

    Drivers can also access the Ford Service Delivery Network, a network of data centers providing turn-by-turn directions, business searches, and on-demand news, sports and weather information, through a simple voice-connection using their cell phone.

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