Here is our most recent issue (December, 2012).
As 2013 approaches, we take a look at how personal cloud services have fared this year.
Apple recently announced that iCloud has 190M+ users, up from 150M last quarter. Dropbox said it has 100M+ users. These user levels are consistent with our own research that indicates that there are now 400M+ personal cloud accounts worldwide, if you include accounts from Funambol customers and providers such as Google, Amazon and Microsoft. This data illustrates that personal clouds are one of the fastest growing areas of mobile. Companies that are considering offering personal clouds had better get to market soon to avoid being late to the party.
Our projections, vetted with many industry analysts, call for 26% annual grow through 2016, when personal cloud accounts will reach one billion. This is being driven by numerous factors such as people gaining multiple mobile devices, but primarily, it will rise due to the next major wave of personal clouds, from mobile operators. Just looking at Funambol's customers who are going to market with our white-label personal cloud solution using their own brand, they collectively have several hundreds of millions of subscribers. This makes it likely that one billion accounts is conservative. You can read more about this on TMCnet at: http://blog.tmcnet.com/thinking-out-cloud/2012/09/personal-cloud-adoption-steady-march-towards-one-billion-users-by-2016.html
We released the results of a user survey a few months ago that showed that people are highly interested in personal clouds, and that they look forward to their mobile operators providing them. Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) released their own survey results and found even more positive data. Some highlights of their survey were that:
Our engineering team is putting the finishing touches on OneMediaHub (OMH) v12, which will be available soon. OMH v12 has many new features but the coolest may be the ability to store your music in your personal cloud and easily access it and play it from your mobile devices, computers and the web. The addition of music as a separate content type extends how OMH makes it easy to manage your digital life. OMH v12 also features all-new Windows and Mac apps that make it easy to keep the valuable data and content on your computers in sync with the cloud, without manually moving files or keeping track of what has been up- or downloaded. We are working on even more cool ways that OMH makes your important data and content available via one place and on your devices in 2013, dare we say, stay TUNED!
In light of the industry's rapid growth as well as our own market momentum, Funambol recently announced that the company raised an important new round of funding. The $5.75M funding along with a working capital line allows Funambol to execute on its increased market traction that includes major customer wins at multiple tier-1 mobile operators and other large service providers in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. To read more, see the press release at: http://funambol.com/news/pressrelease_2012.10.09.php
We are constantly thinking of new ways to describe personal clouds and their benefits. We recently created a short video about OneMediaHub that shows how it allows people to perform a variety of tasks, such as taking pictures on vacation on their mobile phone and automatically storing them in their own private cloud and sharing them. The video is on the home page of our OneMediaHub demo service and you can view it at: https://onemediahub.com
If you enjoy learning about the latest in personal clouds, you may want to be aware that we post to a couple of blogs a few times per
month. Examples of recent posts include Why Store Your Music in the Cloud? and
Mobile Cloud: This Time, It's Personal.
To stay informed in-between issues of Funambulletin, check out these blogs:
Thinking Out Cloud (TMCnet)
Although it is a bit early for this, Funambol wishes you a happy 2012 holiday season and a great 2013.