Ford SYNC AppLink Lets Your Car Interoperate with Smartphone Apps

The idea of installing apps on automobile entertainment and navigation centers interested me but introduced the need to maintain yet another set of apps. What does make sense to me, however, is to develop software for these systems that can give you voice control of apps you already have and use on your smartphone. That’s what Ford SYNC AppLink aims to do.

Ford Adds SYNC AppLink to 10 Vehicles, Quadruples Connectivity Team, Grows App Developer Community

People seem to be looking for this feature as Ford reports that: Currently, more than 84 percent of 2011 Fusions sold are equipped with SYNC, with F-150 coming in at more than 76 percent for the optional in-car connectivity system.

Ford lists the following apps as SYNC-enabled:

Pandora
Apple iOS: Available now from Apple App Store (V3.1.6 or higher)
Android: Available now from Android Market (V1.5.3 or higher)
BlackBerry: Available now from BlackBerry App World (Version 1.1.6 or higher)

Stitcher
Apple iOS: Available now from Apple App Store (V3.1.6 or higher)
Android: Coming summer 2011

OpenBeak
BlackBerry: Available now from BlackBerry App World (Version 1.4 or higher)

Interested app developers can learn more about SYNC AppLink at:

SYNC Application Developer Network

Via Reuters: Ford to expand in-vehicle smartphone connectivity

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