Owners of the 2011 Ford Fiesta have just been given one more bit of good news. The new SYNC AppLink software that allows users hands-free voice control over a variety of phone apps is now downloadable for free at sycnmyride.com. Ford plans to roll this new utility out to other SYNC-equipped vehicles shortly. AppLink is compatible with the BlackBerry by RIM and various Android-based smartphones and will also become available for the Apple iPhone starting early in 2011. Pandora internet radio, Stitcher news radio and OpenBeak are the first of what will be many SYNC-enabled mobile apps. Ford advises that apps for its industry-first connectivity software can be downloaded now or will soon be available from the Android Market and BlackBerry App World. The Apple App Store will join that group shortly.

Doug VanDagens, director of Ford Connected Services sees this new AppLink as the ideal extension of the already-formidable SYNC capability, noting that "it's the only connectivity system available that can extend app functionality to the car using both voice and steering wheel controls."
To access a mobile app using a SYNC-paired phone, the driver merely presses the VOICE button on the steering wheel and says the command, "Mobile applications," followed by the name of the app they wish to launch.

"SYNC and AppLink work hand-in-hand to answer consumer demand for safer, smarter control of smartphones," said VanDagens. "Ford has worked hard to be a step ahead or at least in step with the speed of the consumer electronics market, and to leverage the technologies, features and services we know our customers want to be connected to while driving."

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