Ford launching SYNC AppLink with voice control over BlackBerry, Android apps

Ford will be livening up its Fiesta with the launch of SYNC AppLink in the 2011 model. The software will make controlling certain technologies easier and hands-free via voice command over Android and BlackBerry smartphone applications.

Ford will be livening up its Fiesta with the launch of SYNC AppLink in the 2011 model.

The software will make controlling certain technologies easier and hands-free via voice command over Android and BlackBerry smartphone applications.

Given that not everyone is so sure about incorporating new technologies into automobiles fearing that they might be too distracting, Ford is hoping the voice control method with SYNC AppLink will be a bit more popular.

Some of the apps that drivers (or passengers) will be able to control with the sound of their sweet voices include Pandora, OpenBeak for Twitter and Stitcher radio. At first, having a Twitter app while driving seems a bit silly and unnecessary, but the micro-blogging site has proven to be useful in emergencies. For an in-depth look at how to use the in-car voice system, Slash Gear has compiled a series of promo videos in one spot.

Set to be released and ready to download by the time the 2011 Ford Fiesta is released, Ford will also install the software on all SYNC-equipped vehicles next year. We should also see some additional smartphones, including the iPhone, at that time too.