Ford App Controls Smartphones

Ford Motor Company’s wireless division announced today that AppLink, a downloadable application for its Sync in-car communications and “infotainment” system, will allow drivers to use voice commands to control certain apps on their mobile phones. Available first on the 2011 model Ford Fiesta, Applink will work initially with Android and BlackBerry devices, and will allow users to control apps such as Internet radio services Pandora and Stitcher and Orangatame’s OpenBeak twitter app. AppLink will work on all Sync-equipped vehicles starting next year, and will also be upgraded to work with Apple’s iPhone. Ford also said it is readying a website for mobile app developers who want to adapt their software to work with the Sync system.

Wade Roush is a freelance science and technology journalist and the producer and host of the podcast Soonish. Follow @soonishpodcast

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