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2011 Ford Fiesta Owners First To Get SYNC AppLink

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Ford announced today that its SYNC AppLink is now available for 2011 Fiesta owners. The app gives SYNC users the ability to use voice commands to control their smartphones.

The AppLink app will initially be compatible with the iPhone, Blackberry, and Android smartphones, though more are possible for the future. The surprise in that list is the iPhone, which was not supposed to be part of the initial launch.

Also announced are the first apps to be compatible with the AppLink which include: Pandora, Stitcher, and OpenBeak. The most interesting of those three is OpenBeak, which is a Twitter app for Blackberry. This will give users the ability to tweet using voice commands.

"More and more drivers are using their devices and their apps while in the car," said Doug VanDagens, director of Ford Connected Services. "With AppLink, SYNC is a smarter solution for these drivers who choose to use these apps while driving--making it the only connectivity system available that can extend app functionality to the car using both voice and steering wheel controls."

AppLink is available now and can be downloaded for free at Ford's SYNC My Ride website.

[Ford]

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