Ford plans to launch a new downloadable mobile application to allow infotainment system users to communicate with their mobile phones by using voice commands. The SYNC AppLink programme will connect the in-dash SYNC unit with either Android or BlackBerry smartphones.
The Apple iPhone was not mentioned as being compatible with the Microsoft Windows-powered SYNC system.
SYNC AppLink will give owners the chance to communicate with certain mobile apps already downloaded. The first of these will include social networking updater OpenBeak, Pandora internet music player, and talk and news radio content provider Stitcher. Ford is also launching a Mobile Application Developer Network to increase the number of SYNC-compatible apps available.
A 2:30 video released by the automaker shows that the system allows users to use many of the functions already available in the apps. Bookmarking songs and podcasts can be done without touching the device its playing on, as demonstrated in the video.
SYNC AppLink will debut on the 2011 Ford Fiesta. Sales of the car will begin sometime this summer.