SOURCE: Funambol

February 12, 2009 07:00 ET

Funambol and a la Mobile Enhance Android Open Source Sync Software

Enables Android Phones to Sync Contacts, Calendars, Pictures, Music and Videos With Any Backend and Desktop

REDWOOD CITY, CA and SAN RAMON, CA--(Marketwire - February 12, 2009) - Funambol, the leading provider of open source push email and mobile sync worldwide, and a la Mobile, Inc., the leading Linux systems platform and open source technology company for mobile devices, today announced the availability of enhanced open source sync software for Android. a la Mobile has extended Funambol's SyncML-based Android client to sync additional PIM data, pictures, music and videos. Furthermore, a la Mobile is contributing the enhanced Android client software to the Funambol open source community. Funambol is ensuring that its award-winning open source mobile sync server works with the new Android client. The open source client and server software enable Android handsets to sync contacts, calendars, pictures, music and videos with any backend data source and desktop. The software will be demonstrated at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, on February 16-19, 2009, in Funambol's booth #1J46 (Hall 1).

a la Mobile is the leader in Mobile Linux systems solutions with expertise in Android. The company, recognizing early on the need for Android apps and expertise, began development with the Funambol Android client in August 2008, enhancing it to provide improved sync functionality with additional PIM data including contacts, calendars, pictures, music and video. The company has made the code available to the Funambol community. a la Mobile offers the enhanced sync client in its commercial Android system solution for mobile operators and device manufacturers.

Funambol is the world's leading cross-platform mobile open source project. The company provides a commercial MobileWe solution that enables billions of phones to perform push email and to sync PIM data and photos with a cloud-based portal, leading email services and desktop apps. MobileWe enables device makers, mobile operators, service providers, portals and ISVs to rapidly deliver a flexible sync service.

"Android is gaining a great deal of industry momentum. A line-up of the top-tier device manufacturers and mobile operators are planning to offer Android handsets in 2009. Rather than merely a basic function, they need an open, flexible sync solution," said Pauline Alker, a la Mobile CEO. "We are pleased to extend the capabilities of Funambol's open source Android sync client and to make it available to the community, as this will only improve and further advance commercial Android offerings."

"Companies are racing to get the next great Android device to market. One of the most critical apps is mobile sync, which needs to work with many systems, not just Google," said Fabrizio Capobianco, Funambol CEO. "Funambol is excited that a la Mobile has enhanced our Android sync software for the community and the industry."

The new software is available now. For more information, please stop by Funambol's booth #1J46 (Hall 1) at Mobile World Congress or visit the companies' websites.

About Funambol

Funambol is the leading provider of open source push email and mobile sync worldwide. Funambol open source software has been downloaded three 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. You can also learn more about Funambol by following it on Twitter at http://twitter.com/funambol.

About a la Mobile

a la Mobile, Inc. (www.a-la-mobile.com) is the premier open Linux system platform and open source technology provider to the mobile industry. Founded in 2005, a la Mobile is led by President and CEO Pauline Lo Alker, a serial high-tech entrepreneur with multiple success track records and backed by Venrock Associates (www.venrock.com) and Grazia Equity, GmbH (www.grazia.com). a la Mobile, headquartered in San Ramon, California, has operations in the U.S., China and Belarus.

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