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Re: Ford SYNC 3 Review: It Doesn’t Suck Any More
just to use this thread's title,
here's an email I just got
The latest Ford SYNC updates: What you need to know
Date: Jun 26, 2017 4:02 PM
New available Ford SYNC® 3 software updates are here, and we're bringing you the nitty-gritty first.
The TL;DR version: Updating is even more convenient and Android™ and Apple CarPlay compatible users will have a lot to cheer about.
Update over Wi-Fi©: For the first time, drivers with model-year 2016 Ford vehicles can update automatically through a Wi-Fi connection.Want more details?
Android + your Ford: Android users will now be able to receive voice-guided navigation, live traffic information and estimated travel time safely and easily.
Apple CarPlay Compatibility: iPhone® users with iPhone 5 and later models running iOS 7.1 or higher can now use Apple CarPlay to make hands-free calls, use apps and listen to music.
Keeping you connected,
The Ford Social Team
A new update to the SYNC® software makes it even easier for owners of some 2016 Ford vehicles to get the most out of their vehicle’s voice-activated connectivity system. System update 2.2 will be bringing Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility for 2016 model-year cars, trucks and SUVs with the SYNC 3 system.*
With the update, these vehicles will be able to interact with paired mobile devices more seamlessly than ever before.
“We believe connectivity is critical to the future of mobility, and Ford is committed to adding advanced connectivity capabilities across its vehicles,” said Don Butler, executive director, Ford Connected Vehicle and Services. “SYNC 3 makes it easy for customers to keep their vehicles up to date with the latest technology and amenities for customers.”
CarPlay, available for owners of the Apple iPhone 5 or later, mimics the iPhone’s touchscreen on the vehicle’s touchscreen interface. CarPlay also allows for better integration between the phone’s apps and the vehicle, letting Ford owners use Siri voice controls, Apple Maps, Apple Music, iPhone and Messenger, along with several of their favorite third-party apps. Full use of Apple CarPlay will require a hardware update installed at a local dealership.
If you’re an Android user, Android Auto gives you similar integration between your Ford and Android 5.0 or higher device. This means drivers will be able to use, among other things, Google Maps, music and voice controls for phone and messaging.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration aren’t the only things to look forward to in system update 2.2. Owners will see better navigation searches, better Bluetooth pairing, improved voice recognition and “Ava,” a new voice for SYNC prompts.
Updating your SYNC 3 system is easy. This “over-the air” update will happen automatically when your vehicle is connected to a Wi-Fi network. No driver interaction is required, and your vehicle doesn’t even have to be running. If you do not currently have over-the-air updates enabled on your Ford, your owner’s manual will have detailed instructions on how to do so.
Alternatively, Ford owners who do not wish to enable over-the-air updates can get the latest SYNC 3 versions via a USB memory stick, or by visiting a Ford dealership.
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Last edited by 2b2; 06-26-2017 at 08:41 PM.