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Funambol Unveils New Version of Open Source Mobile Cloud Platform

Open source push e-mail and mobile sync provider Funambol has reportedly unveiled the new version of its open source mobile cloud platform Funambol (News - Alert) 8.5 that syncs diverse mobile data, rich media and messaging on billions of phones and PCs.
The new software will be exhibited at Mobile World Congress (News - Alert) in Barcelona this month. Funambol has also launched “build once, deploy everywhere” framework that enables developers to use familiar web 2.0 technology version of a web app that runs on mobile devices with a rich UI, offline storage and social capabilities. This ensures faster time to market, easier development and native look and feel.

“The mobile cloud is red hot, as device makers, operators and internet companies rush to provide the best mobile cloud sync and push messaging experience,” said Fabrizio Capobianco (News - Alert), Funambol CEO. “At the same time, open source is a mobile game-changer, as it provides ultimate flexibility and control. We are excited to help companies provide innovative mobile cloud sync and push messaging services by extending our open source platform for rich media and social networks. Companies will also benefit by being able to rapidly create rich mobile web apps for scores of devices more easily.”

The company is going to demonstrate its software syncing mobile data and rich media on a wide variety of devices, social networks and content sites via the cloud. 

The devices include smartphones as well as e-picture frames, e-book readers and e-tablets (such as Apple's (News - Alert) iPad). Social network and content sites will include Facebook, Flickr and Picasa. 

Redwood City, Calif.-based Funambol is 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. 

The company’s clientele includes device manufacturers, operators, service and content providers, software companies and system integrators. A few days back, TMCnet reported that Funambol introduced what it called “the world’s first” open source mobile cloud sync solution for mobile Voice over Internet Protocol.

Divya Narain is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Divya’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri

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