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Funambol Releases First Open Source Native App for iPhone Contact Synchronization
Illustrates how open source community and development model rapidly advance mobile innovation
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Nov. 8 -- Funambol, the leading provider of mobile 2.0 messaging software powered by open source, today announced it has released an open source native app for iPhone contact synchronization. The Funambol plug-in for iPhone synchronizes the iPhone's address book with contacts from popular sources such as Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, Microsoft Outlook, GNOME Evolution and SyncML servers such as the Funambol server.
Until now, contact synchronization on the iPhone was possible only using a cable connected to a computer running iTunes. The new Funambol plug-in is the first open source native app for iPhone address book synchronization. To learn more, view screenshots and download the software, visit http://www.funambol.com/solutions/iphone.php.
"In mobile, the open road is the only road. The pace of development must be rapid, the compatibility wide and the cost reasonable. Open networks and devices are on the rise and are transforming the mobile industry," said Fabrizio Capobianco, CEO of Funambol. "The Funambol open source community has been operating at this pace for years and is delivering innovation that gives people access to features they otherwise wouldn't have."
The Funambol iPhone plug-in was developed in large part by Patrick Ohly, a long-time member of the Funambol community. Demonstrating the full value of open source, he set out to develop a native iPhone sync solution. He upgraded SyncEvolution (http://www.estamos.de/projects/SyncML/) for the iPhone which provides the core syncing capabilities. Funambol adapted the plug-in's user interface from its work with other mobile devices.
"Just as the cable physically ties the iPhone to a computer, the dependency on iTunes locks iPhone users into a specific platform. Because SyncML is a well-established, open standard for data synchronization, adding support for it to the iPhone was an obvious choice," said Patrick. "Extending SyncEvolution was simple -- the hard part was to figure out how the contact data on the iPhone could be accessed, due to the current lack of documentation. Hopefully, Apple's SDK will fill that gap."
Earlier this year, Funambol announced the availability of the first over-the-air (OTA) web-based contacts app for the iPhone. With the addition of this new native app for the iPhone, Funambol once again demonstrates the strength of the open source model. With the release of the Apple iPhone SDK in Q1, 2008, Funambol looks forward to extending the iPhone plug-in for capabilities such as calendar sync and push email.
Funambol provides open source-based mobile email, contacts and calendars for 1.5 billion mobile devices, including the iPhone, iPod, and phones from Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, LG and other device manufacturers.
Funambol provides mobile 2.0 messaging software that is powered by open source. The company is the leading provider of open source push email and PIM synchronization solutions for the mass market. Funambol's open source software has been downloaded more than 1,500,000 times by a global network of 10,000 developers in 200 countries. The commercial version of Funambol's software has been deployed at service providers, mobile operators, portals, Global 1000 businesses, hardware OEMs/ODMs and ISVs including customers such as 1&1, Earthlink and Computer Associates. Funambol is headquartered in Redwood City, California with an R&D center in Italy. See http://www.funambol.com/.