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February 17, 2009

Funambol and a la Mobile Release Enhanced Open Source Sync Software for Android


Open source push e-mail and mobile sync provider Funambol and open Linux system platform provider a la Mobile have unveiled enhanced open source sync software for Android (News - Alert).

A provider of Mobile Linux systems solutions, a la Mobile specializes in Android. In a bid to develop expertise in Android apps, the San Ramon, California-based company started working closely with Funambol last year on its Android client. Since then, a la Mobile has expanded Funambol's SyncML-based Android client to sync extra PIM data, pictures, music and videos. The company is also making available the enhanced sync client to mobile operators and device manufacturers, as a part of its commercial Android system solution. The enhanced Android client software is a la Mobile’s contribution to the Funambol open source community.
The enhanced Android client software will be exhibited at the Mobile World Congress (News - Alert) in Barcelona, Spain, on February 16-19, 2009, in Funambol's booth 1J46
Funambol has also ensured that its open source mobile sync server is interoperable with the new Android client. Together the two allow Android handsets to sync contacts, calendars, pictures, music and videos with any backend data source and desktop.
"Android is gaining a great deal of industry momentum. A line-up of the top-tier device manufacturers and mobile operators are planning to offer Android handsets in 2009. Rather than merely a basic function, they need an open, flexible sync solution," said Pauline Alker, a la Mobile CEO. "We are pleased to extend the capabilities of Funambol's open source Android sync client and to make it available to the community, as this will only improve and further advance commercial Android offerings."
"Companies are racing to get the next great Android device to market. One of the most critical apps is mobile sync, which needs to work with many systems, not just Google (News - Alert)," added Fabrizio Capobianco, Funambol CEO. "Funambol is excited that a la Mobile has enhanced our Android sync software for the community and the industry."
Funambol offers a commercial MobileWe solution that allows phones to perform push e-mail and to sync PIM data and photos with a cloud-based portal, leading e-mail services and desktop apps. Device makers, mobile operators, service providers, portals and ISVs, around the world, have deployed MobileWe to deliver a flexible sync service.
The comapny is also a prominent cross-platform mobile open source project that offers open source software which has been downloaded three million times by 50,000 developers and project participants in 200 countries. According to a recent TMCnet report, Funambol unveiled the first open source mobile sync app for the Android G1 phone from T-Mobile (News - Alert) USA.
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Divya Narain is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Divya’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Michelle Robart










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