Ford announced on Monday at CES 2013 that it will be starting a Ford Developer Program for apps and that it will be making nine new apps avaliable through Sync AppLink.
The Ford Developer Program opens up Ford’s app ecosystem and will let third-party software developers create apps for the Sync AppLink platform, bringing more versatility to the selection. Ford did note, however, that it will not approve any apps that could be a distraction to drivers.
Ford announced it will now have a dedicated app for Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Kaliki, Amazon Cloud Player, Aha Radio, Rhapsody, Greater Media, Glympse, and BeCouply.
Rhapsody will now be available through Sync Applink, giving Rhapsody subscribers a way to listen to their favorite content in the car.
Greater Media is another radio centric app Ford will be adding, which will let users listen to any live radio station in the US.
For also announced that Amazon Cloud Player will now be supported through Ford Sync, giving Amazon Prime subscribers a way to access their downloaded content.
News and Social Media Apps
The Wall Street Journal app and USA Today app will allow users to have the top news stories of the day read to them while driving. These services will feature actual humans reading the stories, rather than a computer generated voice.
Kaliki is another app Ford announced it will be adding, similar to the WSJ and USA today apps, it will read user’s favorite publications to them, also in a human voice.
Aha Radio is an app that provides radio services for Music, News, Social, Sports, Talk, Audiobooks, and more. Users can set their favorite playlists on their smartphone and then play them in the car using Ford Sync.
GPS and Location Services
Glympse allows drivers to use voice commands to send their location to someone else with a Glympse app on their smartphone.
BeCouply is a social app that can help couples find interesting things to do and fun date ideas near their location. Ford will now be offering this app through Sync AppLink, so couples can find things to do on the go.
Ford also announced it will be featuring one of its first partners from Asia, Sina Weibo, which is a cross between Twitter and Facebook, and is very popular in China.