SYNC AppLink, a downloadable software upgrade, will be released for 2011 Ford Fiesta owners (with SYNC) later this year.
Applink will allow hands-free control of apps on Android or BlackBerry smartphones via voice commands and vehicle controls.
Ford will introduce AppLink on most SYNC-equipped vehicles next year, as well as provide interoperability with other smartphones.
“SYNC is the only connectivity system available that can extend that functionality into the car. AppLink will allow drivers to control some of the most popular apps through SYNC’s voice commands and steering wheel buttons, helping drivers keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road” said Doug VanDagens, director of Ford’s Connected Services Organization.
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.