Ford’s big announcement for CES 2013 was its new App Developer Program that opens up the SYNC AppLink protocol to eager developers. The new program enables those folks to take advantage of the SYNC AppLink API on Android- and iOS-based platforms. Apps developed using the software have to be run through Ford's screening and approval process.
If you're expecting an Angry Birds port to SYNC AppLink, you'll be disappointed. Ford is only encouraging apps that "…enhance the driving experience by minimizing distractions caused by hand-held usage of smartphones," according to Julius Marchwiki, global product manager for Ford SYNC AppLink.
Ford announced new app partners at the same time too, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Kaliki, Amazon, Aha Radio, Rhapsody, Greater Media, Glympse, and BeCouply.
Unfortunately, SYNC AppLink support remains limited to vehicles with SYNC, SYNC with voice-activated navigation, and SYNC with MyFord. Drivers with Ford’s SYNC with MyFord Touch, which we reviewed previously in the 2012 Ford Focus, are left out.