So Apple will be releasing their iCloud this fall. This iCloud will store your documents, media and pretty much your life in a cloud (as long as it fits into a space of 5GB) and will automatically push them to their iProducts or PC. Earlier in the year, a company called Funambol announced a Mobile-Me like service that provided two-way synchronization with Outlook as well as synced pictures between your BlackBerry and PC – or with various social networking sites. Check out the original post here.
Funambol has recently announced the release of their own version of iCloud, called xCloud. This digital locker is a cross-platform service allowing for synchronization over a numerous brands of smart phones and platforms. In other words, you can sync a BlackBerry with an Android tablet or an iPhone. So the x in xCloud represents the cross platform support. They’ve also vastly improved their synchronization services since their previous versions. xCloud is based on the recently introduced Funambol MediaHub cloud digital locker solution for manufacturers, VAS providers and mobile operators. Funambol is offering both free and premium services with the xCloud. The free version gives you 150 MB of free storage. Premium plans include 5GB for $34.99 per year and 50 GB for $99.99 per year. You can grab the Funambol Sync Client for free from BlackBerry App World. Full press release after the jump.
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., July 7, 2011 – Funambol, the leader of smart cloud sync solutions, today launched its new Funambol xCloud digital locker as an iCloud-alternative for Android devices and BlackBerry mobile phones. Funambol xCloud wirelessly syncs rich media (e.g. pictures and videos), files and PIM data (e.g. contacts and calendar) between mobile phones, tablets, personal computers and MS Outlook via the cloud. It also allows rich media on Android devices and BlackBerry phones to be wirelessly shared with social networks and media sites such as Facebook, Picasa, Flickr and YouTube.
Unlike Apple iCloud that primarily works with Apple products, Funambol xCloud supports the broadest array of mobile device and data types. xCloud is based on the recently introduced Funambol MediaHub white-label ready solution for mobile operators, MSOs, MVNOs, VAS providers and device manufacturers that want to quickly provide a cloud digital locker. Funambol‘s new xcloud4Android and xcloud4BB are upgraded versions of its prior MobileMe-like services (named mm4android and mm4bb, respectively). The 'x' in 'Funambol xCloud' signifies that the Funambol digital locker is a cross-device and cross-platform service, which syncs data and media across multiple brands of devices. For example, Funambol xCloud supports syncing an Android phone with an iPad and PC, an iPhone with an Android tablet and Mac, or a BlackBerry phone with an iPad. Moreover, the new Funambol xCloud services sync more types of rich media, including videos and two-way picture sync, as well as files than its MobileMe-like predecessors.
"iCloud advances wireless cloud sync for Apple users, while Funambol xCloud provides it for everyone, whether they use Apple or not," said Amit Chawla, Funambol CEO. "Funambol xCloud is the leading iCloud-alternative digital locker for anyone who wants to wirelessly sync beyond the Apple silo."
Funambol xCloud4Android and xCloud4BB are immediately available. They provide users with 150M of free storage and offer premium plans for additional storage. Users can sign up for a free or premium account at www.xcloud4android.com and www.xcloud4bb.com.
Funambol is the leading provider of smart cloud sync solutions for mobile phones and connected devices, powered by open source. The commercial version of Funambol has been deployed by top mobile operators, device manufacturers, internet companies, service providers and ISVs. For more information, visit http://www.funambol.com.