Posts Tagged ‘AppLink’
Select Ford owners with Android phones have been rockin’ out with Amazon Cloud Player and their in-dash Sync systems for the better part of three months. Now, iPhone and iPod touch users are invited to join in on the fun. The latest version of Amazon’s app for iOS, 2.1.0, enables wireless streaming and control with Ford’s AppLink platform. The service joins a handful of competitors, including Spotify, which announced its own compatible app in late February. The refreshed iOS app also brings playlist and VoiceOver updates, so even if you don’t drive a Ford, it might be worth the download. You can snag it right now at the source link below.
Source: Amazon (iTunes)
Good news for those who like music on-the-go, Ford had just added a new heavy hitter to its AppLink platform, and this time it comes from none other than MOG. The streaming service boasts a catalog of 15 million tracks, which is available to mobile devices for a monthly subscription fee of $ 9.99. With the Ford SYNC integration, users may access this vast library either through voice commands or in-dash controls, and as another nice touch, one’s music queue will automatically resume from wherever they left off. Voice commands include “artist only” and “similar artists,” along with “downloads” for situations when you aren’t able to stream and “shuffle favorites.” Finally, users may also create presets based on what’s currently playing, simply by pressing and holding one of the in-dash preset buttons. This availability is solely for iOS users, but if you’d like to learn more, check the full PR after the break.
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Hey, new Ford Fiesta owners: did you realize that your plebeian family hauler is actually one of the most geek-awesome vehicles on the road today? We were just reminded of that today on news that the latest version of Pandora for Android supports Ford Sync’s AppLink technology, a protocol that lets smartphone apps chat with your car’s entertainment system. In short, that means that you’ll be able to control Pandora with your car’s physical buttons, knobs, and doohickeys along with voice controls, hopefully giving you another great reason to keep the phone firmly planted in your pocket (or storage compartment) and your eyes on the road. The update’s available now — and while you’re downloading, you might as well start gathering paperwork for the dealer to run your credit report.
Ford keeps rolling out updates to its Sync ecosystem, this time giving drivers hands-free control of select BlackBerry and Android apps with AppLink. The system will first be available for the 2011 Ford Fiesta later this year with the upgrade rolling out to all Sync-equipped vehicles next year. While the voice-activated service only works with certain apps, it’s still a welcomed addition. It’s a bit unsafe trying to control Pandora on a 3-inch screen tethered to the car’s radio while navigating I-75.
At launch Pandora, Sticher, and Orangatame’s OpenBreak App for Twitter will work with the service. More apps are sure to come but they need to incorporate a special Sync API in order to work.
Drivers will then be able to control the apps via the apps through Sync’s voice commands and steering wheel buttons. This will of course free up the driver’s attention to do other things like, say, driving.
On a related note, I’ll be testing driving a 2011 Fiesta this week. Watch out for a full report and hopefully we’ll get to see this new feature in action.
Props to CrunchGear