Ford’s SYNC AppLink to Allow Hands-Free Voice with Android Apps

Automaker Ford has announced their new SYNC AppLink software to allow for hands-free voice control of a select Android (and BlackBerry) applications. Coming in the form of a downloadable updgrade, SYNC AppLink, will be released for 2011 Ford Fiesta owners with the “award-winning SYNC communications and infotainment system” later this year. Next year will see a larger rollout for most of their SYNC-equipped cars in addition to support for other mobile operating systems.

“The growth in smartphone mobile apps has been explosive, and Ford has worked hard to respond at the speed of the consumer electronics market,” said Doug VanDagens, director of Ford’s Connected Services Organization. “SYNC is the only connectivity system available that can extend that functionality into the car.

In an effort to help keep more eyes on the road, SYNC AppLink integrate with apps using the vehicle’s voice and user interface controls, including buttons on the steering wheel. Among the first SYNC-enabled apps due out later in 2010 are Pandora, Stitcher, and Orangatame’s OpenBeak app for Twitter. Keep an eye on the Android Market for updates to these applications