Ford SYNC Features Expand to More Users

By Ford Social Member

We’ll admit that when iTunes, Word or any of our computer software alerts us to an update, we tend to hit “agree” to said update and not always read what it’s about. For all we know, we might have agreed to wear hot pants and a monocle to the office. So, we know that some of you might also be tempted to go on autopilot when you hear the Ford SYNC® system has a free update and either not pay attention to the details or simply ignore it. But here’s why you shouldn’t.

The update – known by the frills-free name G1 V3.2.2 and tailored for owners of select SYNC-equipped 2011 and early-release 2012 vehicles – will allow more SYNC users to have text messages read aloud while driving. The big kahuna here is the Message Access Profile Bluetooth standard, which you might recognize by its more common term, MAP, which is custom made for the auto hands-free environment. It outlines a set of features and procedures used to exchange email, SMS and MMS between devices. Here, we mean SYNC and the smartphone.

Last year, Ford announced it was voluntarily integrating MAP into SYNC for all 2011 MyFord Touch®-equipped vehicles and is now extending the capability to the broader SYNC user community – with thousands of 2011 and 2012 vehicles equipped with the first generation SYNC system. According to Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), MAP adoption by mobile device manufacturers is still in its infancy, but it’s growing.

Here is a list of a few of the newer phones on the market that feature MAP:
  • Blackberry Style (9670)

  • Blackberry Curve (9300)

  • Motorola Atrix

  • Motorola Droid Bionic

  • Motorola Photon

Since SYNC launched in 2007, Ford has offered several significant and simple software-based updates. If you want to find out whether your SYNC-equipped Ford is eligible for this or any of the available SYNC updates, visit and enter your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). If eligible, simply download the update to a USB memory stick and install it in your vehicle through the SYNC USB port.

Ford is working on extending MAP to even more SYNC customers, with the update for 2010 model year SYNC owners in development.
C B 11/12/2011
Expands to more users? Just don't live in Canada!
Mikal Cg 10/25/2011
When can I get Sync on my blender? KitchenSync?
Jaclyn At Ford 10/19/2011
Our engineering team is continuously working on updates/enhancements. Continue to check SyncMyRide for future details. :)

@Dave -

If there's anything I can troubleshoot with you, please PM me your VIN and some details.

@Annette -

SYNC is designed for use by everyone. Here are some troubleshooting tips to help SYNC understand you better:

@James -

After listening to three voice commands from you, SYNC with MyFord Touch/MyLincoln Touch begins to know and understand your voice.

If anyone has any questions, let me know.
James Stewart 10/19/2011
Did you try training it?
Annette Figueroa-Schreiber 10/19/2011
Would love the SYNC if it would recognize my voice. Its frustrating when it only understands a man's voice.
David Scharlau 10/19/2011
This update came out in August and does not do anything for iPhone's text reading.
Jerry Bee 10/18/2011
Wish I could retro fit sync to my 2004 f150.
Scott 10/18/2011
How about making the iPhone with IOS 5 compatible for texting already?
Dave Price 10/18/2011
It does just what it's supposed to do. Which isn't much. It's a bluetooth and an ipod control. My U-Connect controls every facet of my cellphone and the stereo except the volume. It also doesn't have a cord running across the dash when my iPod is connected to it. It's definitely not what I thought.
Jaclyn At Ford 10/18/2011
Hi everyone, thanks for your feedback!

Stay tuned to SyncMyRide to check for available updates:

@Dave - What's going on with your system? Please PM me your VIN and some details. I'd like to look into/document any concerns you may be experiencing.

If anyone has any questions, let me know.

In-Vehicle Technology Team
Tim Foster 10/18/2011
This is very cool. Please release an update for 2010's for applink. Love my
Mariner. Thanks Tim
Rob Schultz 10/18/2011
Absolutely love the SYNC system in my 2010 Mustang. Please update it as well.
Anita Granat 10/18/2011
I am hooked on SYNC. I will now only buy Fords :)
Heather Schultz 10/18/2011
Changelogs for updates are always something I am interested in, especially when I updated my Focus' MyTouch/Sync last week. However, I couldn't track one down. When I contacted support I was told there was no changelog for the update. It is contradictory to encourage customers to pay attention to update details when they aren't available.
Lars Nordskog 10/18/2011
"tailored for owners of select SYNC-equipped 2011 and early-release 2012 vehicles"... meaning you're not updating Navigation equipped 2011 models? Grr we have Sync and would appreciate this feature too :\
Ed Ohrt 10/18/2011
Will there be an update for SYNC users with 2010 Mustangs?
Jennifer Ring Longworth 10/18/2011
Looking forward to the 2010 update. Taking care of loyal customers should be as important as attracting new ones, a lesson Sirius XM has not been heeding.
Santos Sanchez 10/18/2011
Bring back the Sport Trac and please make the Explorer a respectable SUV again.
Chris Beiting 10/18/2011
How about an update on when the 2012 Focus is getting AppLink? That would be a good story.
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