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Mobile VoIP for the Android Platform

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September 15, 2010

Mobile VoIP for the Android Platform

By Bob Emmerson, TMC European Editor

Cicero Networks has announced the release of CiceroPhone for the Android (News - Alert) platform. 

CiceroPhone is an established and widely deployed dual-mode mobile VoIP & VCC client. In addition to mobile VoIP, the new version supports multi-mode features such as automatic network selection (2G, 3G, Wi-Fi, WiMAX (News - Alert) and LTE) and seamless in-call transfer as users roam between IP & Cellular networks. It is designed to run on any handset running Android 2.1 and higher.

The Cicero convergence engine allows voice calls to be routed across IP (Wi-Fi) and cellular networks on behalf of any application on the device. While the focus has traditionally been on supporting the native voice applications, the engine can also be used to add multi-mode voice to social networking and enterprise unified communication applications on Android handsets.

Elaine Treacy, vice president of marketing and strategic alliances at Cicero Networks (News - Alert): “The rapid adoption of Android creates opportunities for service providers of all shapes and sizes.  Now, for the first time, Cicero software can be deployed on a range of devices that cover all cellular environments, including GSM, CDMA and WiMAX. Furthermore, Android’s open source model allows us to deploy the software as an application in the field or to work with device manufacturers to offer a fully integrated and seamless user experience.”

The initial release targets voice as the core application for convergence. It will be available in October 2010. Other features of the convergence engine, including multi-mode messaging and IP video calling, will be incorporated in future releases.

Bob Emmerson (News - Alert) is TMC's European Editor. To stay abreast of the latest news affecting the European market, check out Bob's columnist page.

Edited by Erin Monda

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