Ford Brings Android Auto And Apple CarPlay To All 2016 Vehicles Via DIY Update

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If you own a 2016 Ford car or truck, some new smartphone/infotainment goodness is now coming your way. The American auto giant today announced its SYNC 3 version 2.2 software, which enables both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for all 2016 model year vehicles. So, if you own a lowly Fiesta subcompact or a highfalutin F-150 King Ranch pavement pounder (or anything in between), you’re covered.

Getting SYNC 3 v2.2 is quite simple, and you have one of three ways to perform the update. If your vehicle is Wi-Fi-enabled, you can perform an over-the-air (OTA) update from within the vehicle to upgrade to the latest version of SYNC 3 (using the Automatic System Updates feature). Alternatively, you can download the update by visiting the Ford Owner portal on your PC and install it on to a USB drive. You can then insert the USB drive into a free port in your dashboard to manually update the infotainment system.

Finally, if you’re completely averse to performing updates to your vehicle on your own, you can schedule an appointment to have it performed at your local Ford dealership.

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“Our SYNC 3 software platform was designed to be easy to update so we can get our customers the latest and greatest features, functionally and security enhancements,” said Don Butler, executive director for Ford Connected Vehicle and Services. “With over-the-air updates, we can deliver new features to customers in the background while they continue using their vehicles.”

Android Auto is compatible with devices running Android 5.0 or later, and gives you access to such popular Google services as Google Maps and Google Play Music, along with hands-free access to messaging and phone features from the vehicle’s display screen. Apple CarPlay is compatible with the iPhone 5 (or newer) smartphone running iOS 7.1 (or newer). CarPlay gives quick and easy access to Apple Maps, phone/messaging services and third-party apps like Pandora.

Ford’s 2017 model year vehicles already support both Android Auto and CarPlay.