We have known for awhile that Ford was planning on rolling out some SYNC powered applications for BlackBerry devices. The new system is called AppLink and is essentially a set of APIs that can extend an apps functionality to the car using both voice and steering wheel controls in Ford cars. It turns out that the recent Pandora update was to add compatibility for this new AppLink along with updates for Sticher and OpenBeak as the first SYNC enabled apps. You can see the full details below on which versions of each app.
The AppLink works with SYNC over Bluetooth to connect your phone and you press the voice button on the steering wheel to say a command. To get mobile apps you say “Mobile Applications” followed by the app name. Once you have an app like Pandora loaded you say something like “Play station classic rock radio,” “Bookmark song,” “Thumbs up” or “Thumbs down.”
Currently only the 2011 Ford Fiesta is getting voice control and AppLink but it looks like other SYNC enabled cars will be soon to follow. The 2011 Ford Fiesta owners can get the AppLink update added to their account at www.syncmyride.com.
Current availability of SYNC-enabled apps:
- Pandora – BlackBerry: Available now (Version 1.1.6 or higher)
- Stitcher – BlackBerry: Late availability
- OpenBeak – BlackBerry: Available now from http://m.openbeak.com and soon in Blackberry App World (Version 1.4 or higher)