REDWOOD CITY, Calif., September 24, 2008 -- Funambol Inc., the leading provider of open source push email and mobile sync for the mass market, today announced the world's first open source mobile sync app for the Android G1 phone from T-Mobile USA. The Funambol Android Client syncs contacts from a Google gPhone with a Funambol Server.
Funambol Android Client provides an open source Mobile'We' capability for gPhones to make it easy for users to sync and share contacts from other mobile phones as well as from popular desktop apps such as MS Outlook and webmail such as Yahoo!, Gmail and AOL. The software was developed by the Funambol community, which demonstrates the speed at which an open source development model can support the latest mobile handsets versus proprietary approaches.
"The Google Phone is a great example of how the mobile industry is embracing open source, but at the same time, it's also more open for Google than other software and services," said Fabrizio Capobianco, Funambol CEO. "Our Funambol Android Client adds a Mobile'We' capability to help gPhones realize their open source potential by enabling them to sync a wide range of content with virtually any source."
Funambol Android Client will be available after G1 phones ship and the Android Market is open for third party apps. An early version can be downloaded now from the Funambol Forge at https://www.forge.funambol.org/participate/projects.html. Future releases will add support for syncing mobile content such as calendars and push email.
Funambol recently began offering an open source Mobile'We' service for the rest of us. It provides open source push email and mobile sync with a diverse range of desktop clients and webmail systems. Compared to Apple MobileMe, Funambol supports 1.5 billion phones, is open source, and is not constrained to .mac or .me email addresses. For more information, download the free "Open MobileWe for the Rest of Us" position paper at http://www.funambol.com/solutions/library.php. The new Funambol Android Client provides gPhone users with an open Mobile'We' experience.
"MobileWe for the Rest of Us means providing easy-to-use sync for Android users," said Hal Steger, Funambol VP Marketing. "Our open source community jumped to make Funambol work on the G1. This demonstrates once again the talent and speed of our community to rapidly support the latest wireless phones."
Funambol is the leading provider of open source push email and mobile sync for the mass market. Funambol open source software has been downloaded more than 2.5 million times by 50,000 developers and project participants in 200 countries. The commercial version of Funambol has been deployed at service providers, mobile operators, portals, device manufacturers and ISVs including customers such as AOL, 1&1, Earthlink and CA, Inc. Funambol is headquartered in Redwood City, California with an R&D center in Italy. For more information, please visit www.funambol.com.
Jenna Boller for Funambol
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