First Major Mobile Messaging Project for Android

Techies love to hear the word ‘push’ when it comes to email and phone apps. It’s what drives a lot of users to RIM for the Blackberry email client. Last week, AndroidGuys was among the first to report on WhatsOpen and it being the possible first API for Android OS. Today, we’re here to inform you that a company called Funambol is working on the first push messaging program for Android. They currently provide open source-based “push” e-mail, contacts, and calendars to over 1.5 billion phones.

Funambol’s client for Android phones will work in conjunction with Funambol’s free Web portal to wirelessly sync Personal Information Manager data, such as contacts appointments, and tasks, and e-mail systems such as Gmail,Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) Mail, AOL, Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) Outlook, and others. It also will allow users to wirelessly migrate PIM data from other phones and the Web to their Android phones.

We can’t tell you how excited we are about this. It’s not even a full week old and Android is starting to show us that there will be definite advantages and advancements over the current offerings from Microsoft and Apple, you have to jump through hoops and do pretty rigorous tweaking to your phone if you want it today.

Thanks to Information Week for the article.


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