New SYNC Apps for Fiesta

Ford SYNC AppLink (c) Sam VarnHagen/Ford Motor Company

The 2011 Ford Fiesta will debut Ford’s new SYNC AppLink, a downloadable program that will allow Fiesta owners to access and control Android and BlackBerry smartphone apps.

Ford will release the downloadable software update for 2011 Fiesta owners later this year, with the rollout of AppLink for most other models equipped with SYNC planned for next year.

The first SYNC-enabled apps available later this year include Pandora internet radio, Stitcher “smart radio” and Orangatame’s OpenBeak app for Twitter.  Updated versions of each of these applications which incorporate the SYNC application programming interface (API), will be available for customers to download through Android Market and BlackBerry App World.

Ford also plans to create a SYNC developer community with the launch of “Mobile Application Developer Network” (www.syncmyride.com/developer), giving developers a pathway to partner with Ford on SYNC-enabled applications

The Android Market and BlackBerry App World are among the leading growth markets for mobile apps. SYNC AppLink will integrate smartphone apps using the vehicle’s voice and user interface controls, including buttons on the steering wheel to allow drivers to access smartphone apps more safely while driving.

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