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Open Source's Funambol Intros Mobile Cloud Sync Tools


June 15, 2009

Open Source's Funambol Intros Mobile Cloud Sync Tools

By Anshu Shrivastava
TMCnet Contributor


Funambol, a provider of mobile open source cloud sync and push e-mail, reportedly has released a mobile cloud sync index study evaluating solutions from 12 of the top device makers, portals, carriers and specialists in the mobile industry.

A new study of the products compares the syncing of mobile data and content, such as contacts, calendars, e-mail, photos and files, against 10 different categories, including cost, usability and performance, global readiness, wireless desktop integration and social network sync.
The 12 companies are Apple MobileMe, AT&T Mobile Backup, BlackBerry (News - Alert) IS, Funambol, Google Sync, Microsoft My Phone, Nokia Ovi Sync, Palm Synergy, T-Mobile Mobile Backup, Verizon Wireless Backup Assistant, Vodafone Zyb and Yahoo! Mobile.
Fabrizio Capobianco (News - Alert), chief executive officer at Funambol, called mobile cloud sync a “major new category” of mobile services for mobile operators, portals and device makers, adding that consumers expect to “seamlessly sync” their content from their mobile phones to the cloud to the desktop.
Mobile cloud sync consists of syncing data and content on a mobile phone with a server and portal in the Internet cloud. In addition, data and content can also be synced with e-mail systems, desktop apps, social networks and more.
Solutions from mobile operators are often more limited than sync solution from device manufacturers and portals, according to the findings of the mobile cloud sync evaluation. Moreover, it also found that major areas of opportunity include wireless desktop integration, social network sync and solution openness.
Additionally, the evaluation also found that 75 percent of solutions are free; 17 percent of solutions support one or two devices, 42 percent support a single family or small number of devices.
In addition, the mobile cloud sync evaluation observed that 75 percent of solutions do not support wireless desktop integration; 33 percent of solution sync data with data with multiple social networks, such as Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn; and more.
Earlier this month, Funambol (News - Alert) launched several innovative mobile services, such as cloud-based address books with social networking, free text messaging, digital telephony, rich media and e-mail hosting.

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

Edited by Michael Dinan

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