Ford's SYNC AppLink allows you to control certain BlackBerry & Android apps

Ford's SYNC AppLink allows you to control certain BlackBerry & Android apps
Attempting to use your cell phone while driving can be downright be dangerous and fatal, but there have been few solutions to allow drivers to control their hand-held devices without losing focus in what's in front of them on the road. Ford looks to be in the forefront of doing their best in allowing drivers to safely use and control some of their favorite apps on their smartphones. They've just announced their new SYNC AppLink which is a downloadable software upgrade for their Ford SYNC systems. Now both BlackBerry and Android owners will be the first to experience what it has to offer – interestingly enough, the first Ford vehicle to offer SYNC AppLink support will be the 2011 Fiesta. Basically Android and BlackBerry owners will have the ability to control certain apps that are compatible with SYNC AppLink – so far it looks like Pandora, Stitcher, and OpenBeak will be the first set of apps. Instead of fumbling around with your smartphone to control or navigate one of those apps, the SYNC AppLink will offer you to access and control them via voice guidance and in-dash car controls. It's nice to see not only one specific handset would be supported, but rather almost every single one that runs either of the platforms. At the same time, it's a safer way of having to deal with navigating on your phone without sacrificing your attention on the road ahead.

via UberGizmo



1. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

That's cool! Sync is a Microsoft product, so I am glad they cross-developed it for other programs. I wonder if MS plans to have extra sync options for WP7 phones? I wish that sync was available for other makes beside ford. Like buying a new stero system with bluetooth and Sync enabled.

2. nak1017

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

Maybe a few, but I'll bet they're not going to limit it too much since Ford still wants it to be a desirable feature. What I'm interested in seeing is what the combination of 4G and Pandora/Podcasts/etc. do to the number of people listening to radio stations...

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