Ford showcases SYNC AppLink; will launch in 2014 with popular apps on board

Ford Motor Company has announced the SYNC AppLink will arrive on cars in India in 2014, and will be tied in with popular smartphone apps to enhance the hands-free experience in the car.

Ford showcases SYNC AppLink; will launch in 2014 with popular apps on board

Ford showcases SYNC AppLink; will launch in 2014 with popular apps on board

Ford Motor Company has shown off the SYNC AppLink feature, which will be a part of its 2014 range of vehicles, allowing smartphone users to have an enhanced handsfree experience while driving. The company says that AppLink platform will launch with popular apps like ESPNcricinfo, MapmyIndia, burrp!, Glympse and TuneIn Radio on board. The AppLink feature will essentially be an add-on to the SYNC feature that Ford is already installing in the newer cars, like the EcoSport.
(Read more: Ford EcoSport)

“We are excited about bringing SYNC AppLink to India and will offer industry-exclusive voice control technology for smartphone apps thereby providing drivers the convenience to access content and information while on-the-go. SYNC AppLink is an exciting addition to Ford’s class leading connectivity technology and goes further in personalizing the in-car experience.” says David Huang, senior manager at Ford Asia Pacific’s Technology and Business Development, Connected Services and keynote speaker at Mobile Developer Summit 2013.

 

The SYNC AppLink feature is designed to allow the user to control more smartphone apps, handsfree and through voice based commands, while driving the vehicle. As you can see from one of the images, the U.S. version of AppLink is compatible with Spotify, the popular music streaming service. 

“India today has more than 65 million smartphone users who want to stay connected wherever they are. Keeping them in mind, Ford has been driving consumer focused innovation in automotive technology. The journey, which started with the introduction of Bluetooth connectivity in Ford Figo, has gone on to introduce the first in segment Voice Control in the Global Fiesta and the world class SYNC® technology in Ford EcoSport. With every step, we have allowed seamless connectivity, entertainment and convenience and are excited to take it forward with SYNC AppLink keeping our customers in mind.” Vinay Piparsania, executive director, Marketing, Sales and Service said.

The idea of keeping updated with the cricket score, streaming new music because the local FM is just to boring, or even finding out the address of a restaurant for the date that night, all while driving, sounds rather nice to us! We just hope that most popular apps end up on the platform. The critical ones would be the social network and instant messaging apps like Whatsapp, for text readouts, which is currently limited to only SMSes.

Sygic navigation app for Android goes free; continues using MapmyIndia maps

The app was available for Rs 1399 till now, but can now be downloaded for free via Google Play Store.

Sygic navigation app for Android goes free; continues using MapmyIndia maps

Sygic, the leading offline mobile navigation brand, has announced that the India edition of the Sygic navigation app for Android has now gone free. The price of this app, till now, was Rs 1399. The application continues to use MapmyIndia’s 3D maps, and offers voice guided navigation via maps that may be stored on the device. The advantage of this is that if you have GPS connectivity, the navigation will work, since it doesn’t rely on Internet connectivity for constant map refreshes. You can read the detailed review of this app here

The Sygic app offers turn-by-turn voice navigation, 3D maps of cities and landscapes provided by Mapmyindia, voice guidance in more than 40 languages, multi-stop route planning, speed limit warning and interactive maps that you can tap on to find more information about the addresses and landmarks in the area.

“By making our advanced navigation app available to millions of users for free, Sygic is helping countries like India become a safer, more enjoyable place to travel,” said Sygic CEO Michal Štencl. “With Sygic’s offlineapp and MapmyIndia Maps, users can now take advantage of a robust set of tools that can help them effectively manage their travel plans and get them where they need to go confidently, and more efficiently.”

 

The Sygic application is available for most Android running Android 2.0.1 and upwards, including smartphones and tablets. You can download it from the Play Store here.