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Funambol is an American corporation that earns revenue from its dual-licensing business model that includes commercial software and free open source mobile data synchronization software based on the Funambol core project.


[edit] Funambol project

The Funambol core project is a free and open source mobile synchronization server that provides push email, address book and calendar (PIM) data synchronization, and device management for wireless devices, leveraging standard protocols such as SyncML. For users, this means BlackBerry-like capabilities on commodity handsets.

Funambol is also a development platform for mobile applications. It provides C++ and Java client APIs and server side Java APIs, and facilitates the development, deployment and management of any mobile project.

Funambol consists of several components, including:

  • Funambol Data Synchronization Server: a mobile application server providing synchronization services for wireless clients and PCs, including push email.
  • Funambol Device Management: an OMA DM server to remotely manage mobile devices.
  • Funambol Connectors: gateways to file systems, databases, email systems, and applications for two-way synchronization with existing data assets.
  • Funambol Client Plug-ins: protocol extenders and clients for Microsoft Office Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird (experimental), Mozilla Sunbird (experimental), Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, Palm and iPod and iPhone so users can synchronize their email messages and PIM data (address book, calendar, tasks and notes) with the server.
  • Funambol Software Development Kit: tools to develop sometimes-connected mobile applications on devices (in Java - J2SE and J2ME - and C++) and to add data sources to the server.

[edit] History

The Funambol project was started in 2001 by developers because of the lack of an open source Java implementation for mobile device data synchronization. The Funambol project has gone beyond the original server engine, and now includes administration tools and client-side APIs. According to the project website, Funambol has been downloaded more than two million times.[when?][1] The project won Linux World Editor's Choice 2006 Award[2] and Gold Star awards from Mobile Village readers for consumer push email and PIM solutions.[3]

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[edit] References

  1. ^ "About Funambol". Funambol Inc.. Retrieved on 2008-11-17. 
  2. ^ "Editors' Choice 2006". Linux Journal. November 1, 2006. Retrieved on 2008-10-07. 
  3. ^ "2006 Mobile Star Awards Winners". Mobile Village. 2006. Retrieved on 2008-10-07. 

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