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SYNC AppLink to deliver ‘Voice control of smartphone apps’ on 2011 Fiesta

Ford SYNC is a “in-car communications and entertainment technology developed by Microsoft and Ford based on Microsoft Auto platform.” It’s currently available in a number of Ford vehicles including Focus, Edge, Explorer, Taurus, and others, including a few from Mercury and Lincoln. “However, 2011 Fiesta owners will be the first who get to experience SYNC’s latest feature “SYNC AppLink” program, that allows drivers to access and control their Android and Blackberry phones using voice commands. With AppLink, drivers can control apps like Pandora internet radio, Stitcher “smart radio” and Orangatame’s OpenBeak app for Twitter, which’re first to become AppLink-enabled. Most other SYNC-equipped cars will get access to the technology sometime next year at which time other smartphones will also be supported, but there’re no details yet on which vehicles or phones those will be,” said Ford in a press release.


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