Funambol v8.7 improves rich media sharing for mobile devices

Funambol, the opensource mobile cloud sync company, has announced version 8.7 that enhances the sharing of rich media on mobile phones with social networks and content sites.

Funambol Carrier Edition v8.7 is commercial open source software that syncs photos on smartphones with the cloud-based Funambol Portal, where users can share them with Facebook, Flickr and Picasa.

The software enables Funambol customers to extend the list of supported social networks and photo sites. It further allows importing Facebook friends’ profile pictures into user address books in the portal, where these photos can be synced with mobile devices and PC apps such as Outlook.

Funambol v8.7 increases the speed of syncing mobile photos and lays the foundation for syncing rich media such as video and music. It also provides an open cloud API that lets Funambol customers encourage developers to build mobile apps for their mobile cloud offerings, to harness the innovation of local talent and to ignite new revenue streams.

“Due to the proliferation of smartphones in the market, and the demand for mobile broadband connectivity, consumers expect to be able to sync user generated content and commercial media on their mobile devices, but it is very difficult to facilitate, due to the diversity of devices, media, content systems and business models,” said Fabrizio Capobianco, Funambol CEO.

He added: “Blackbox sync technology cannot reliably sync even rudimentary mobile data and does not keep pace with the frenetic innovation in the mobile market. Mobile operators and device makers are increasingly turning to mobile open source for flexibility and rapid innovation afforded by a global developer community. Funambol v8.7 offers them an even greater advantage by providing the most open and comprehensive platform for syncing rich mobile media via the cloud.”

Funambol v8.7 makes it easy to share mobile pictures with Facebook and other sites.