|| ||Sharon Smith <linuxpr-AT-yahoo.com>|
|| ||News Item: Major New Funambol v7 Release Strengthens Leading Open Source Push Email & Mobile Sync Solution For Mass Market|
|| ||Tue, 5 Aug 2008 04:55:21 -0700 (PDT)|
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., August 5, 2008 - Funambol Inc., the leading provider of open source push
email and mobile sync for the mass market, today introduced the release of Funambol v7, a major new
version of its flagship software. Funambol v7 includes enhancements to the company's mobile
clients, portal, server, software development kit (SDK), system management and admin capabilities.
Many new features are included in the Community Edition, the open source version of Funambol, which
can be downloaded at https://www.forge.funambol.org/download/. Several premium capabilities,
primarily those required for large-scale deployment at service providers, portals and mobile
operators, are only in Funambol's commercial Carrier Edition.
Funambol v7's new capabilities include open source software for BlackBerry push email and PIM sync,
an iPhone plug-in for contacts sync, an enhanced Java ME push email client for hundreds of millions
of feature phones, Yahoo! and Gmail contact import into the Funambol Portal, server syncing of
tasks and notes via native SyncML clients, an enhanced SDK and greater scalability.
Funambol v7 ties into key trends in the mobile industry, the first being open source. Funambol
started as one the world's first major mobile open source projects in 2001 and has since grown to
be a dominant choice for developers building wireless apps and services for the mass market.
Funambol software has been downloaded more than 2.5 million times by 50,000 developers and project
participants around the world. The company has worked closely with its community and invested
heavily in Funambol v7 to make it the leading open source software for push email and mobile sync.
"When developers need software to build compelling apps for a broad range of mobile devices, our
goal is to make Funambol their top choice," said Fabrizio Capobianco, Funambol CEO. "Funambol v7
reflects thousands of hours of inspired effort by our developers and community to make mobile open
source better for everyone."
Funambol v7 also taps into the trend of mobile cloud sync, which is quickly becoming a requirement
for mobile device manufacturers. Funambol v7 provides a robust platform for push email and syncing
diverse mobile content from a broad variety of devices between the Internet cloud and other
devices, software and systems.
"Device manufacturers do not need to reinvent the push email and mobile sync wheel," said Hal
Steger, Funambol VP Marketing. "Funambol v7 enables them to rapidly deploy a sync service for push
email, PIM data and other value-added mobile content, without limiting users to a particular
device, mail server or PIM system."
Funambol v7 Contents
Below is a partial list of Funambol v7's key features. For additional details, please visit
Funambol Client Improvements
· BlackBerry push email client and PIM sync plug-in
· iPhone plug-in for contacts sync
· Windows Mobile and Outlook plug-ins sync notes and briefcase files
· Java ME push email client supports Samsung and LG devices; TCP/IP push email; receiving &
viewing attachments via mobile browser; send photo (selected devices)
Portal Improvements (Carrier Edition)
· Yahoo! & Gmail contacts import
· Support for mobile phones without a native SyncML client
· Improved sign-up process security
· Sync of tasks and notes using native SyncML clients
· Improved connector compatibility
· Improved Funambol trailer for outgoing email
System Management and Admin Improvements
· Database scalability and high availability (Carrier Edition)
· Improved log searchability and tracking
· Simplified system configuration structure
· Funambol SDK includes new connector testing framework
· Improved documentation
· Hundreds of other enhancements and bug fixes
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 1&1, Earthlink, AOL and CA, Inc. Funambol is headquartered in Redwood City, CA with an R&D
center in Italy. For more information, please visit www.funambol.com.
Shelly Milam for Funambol
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