Synchronica Introduces Pre-RCS Unified Messaging with Mobile Gateway 6

Highlights:

  • Synchronica launches Mobile Gateway 6, a major upgrade to its next-generation mobile messaging platform
  • Version 6 Introduces Pre-RCS features including unified messaging and a presence-enabled address book
  • Unified Inbox consolidates Instant Messaging, Social Networking and Email across multiple communities into a single view
  • Innovative Presence Enabled Address Book allows users to initiate chat, Email and social communication directly from a synchronized, multi-community address book
  • New ultra-lightweight J2ME and xHTML clients (160k) are bandwidth-efficient and enable advanced messaging even on low-end devices
  • Dramatically reduced bandwidth consumption with patented transcoding technology, streaming attachments to the mobile browser
  • Full demo available at Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, Hall 2, Stand 2A35

HALL 2, STAND 2A35 - MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS, BARCELONA/ ROYAL TUNBRIDGE WELLS, UK, Feb. 15 /CNW/ - Synchronica plc ("Synchronica" or "the Company") (AIM:SYNC; TSX VENTURE:SYN) the international provider of next-generation mobile messaging solutions, today announced Mobile Gateway 6 introducing unified messaging capabilities, a presence-enabled address book, an ultra-lightweight J2ME client, support for xHTML browsers as well as advanced document transcoding capabilities.

Mobile Gateway continues to support literally any mobile phone in use today, providing push Email, synchronization, instant messaging and social networking even on low-end devices. The new Mobile Gateway 6 functionality adds an advanced user experience for feature phones and Smartphones.

New key features introduced with Mobile Gateway 6 include: 

Standards-Based Gateway with Pre-RCS Functionality
Mobile Gateway combines a range of industry standards to deliver messaging via IMAP, SyncML, OMA CP and IMPS, providing the best possible user-experience on native device clients. Mobile Gateway 6 introduces advanced Pre-RCS features, providing interoperability and coexistence with RCS as well as a roadmap to IMS networks with full support for RCS and SIP SIMPLE IM.

Unified Inbox
A new unified inbox, introduced with Mobile Gateway 6, collects messages from multiple communities and consolidates them into a single inbox, providing a "social stream" independent of the communication method and sorted by time. The unified inbox enables simultaneous conversations across multiple communities and channels - including phone calls, SMS, Email, Instant Messaging and Social Networking.

Presence Enabled Address Book
Mobile Gateway 6 synchronizes and aggregates contacts of IM, Social Networking and Email into a Presence Enabled Address Book. It allows users to see profile pictures, status messages, and online presence status of their entire contacts network in a single view. Based on the presence status, users can then decide to initiate a chat, send Emails or place a phone call directly from the address book.

Ultra-Lightweight Clients
New ultra-lightweight J2ME clients introduced with Mobile Gateway 6 support a wide range of entry-level and premium mobile phones. With a footprint of just 160k, applications are executed on the server, while the clients simply render the user interface. This allows functionality of the applications to be enhanced and modified without requiring the user to download an updated version.

Advanced Attachment Handling
Mobile Gateway 6 incorporates patented content adaptation and transcoding technology, providing data-efficient access to complex Email attachments, including support for complex office documents such as PDF and Microsoft Word as well as a variety of image and video formats. Instead of downloading the attachments, they are transcoded on the server and streamed to the user's mobile browser, reducing network bandwidth consumption by up to 90%.

One-Stop Solution for Next-Generation Mobile Messaging
Mobile Gateway provides carrier-grade mobile messaging to literally any mobile phone in use today, using established technologies such as SMS, MMS and WAP Push for basic handsets, as well as industry standard IMPS, XMPP, IMAP and ActiveSync for mid- to high-end handsets.

The new Pre-RCS capability of Mobile Gateway 6 combines the complete functionality of Mobile Gateway in a single integrated and brandable client, while the new advanced document transcoding engine dramatically reduces network bandwidth consumption.

Mobile Gateway is a one-stop solution for operators and device manufacturers planning to introduce advanced mobile messaging services. It synchronizes consumer and business Email accounts and connects users to popular Instant Messaging communities such as GoogleTalk and Facebook Chat; and key Social Networks such as Twitter, Facebook and Linked-In. Synchronica messaging products have been chosen by more than 80 mobile operators and 8 device manufacturers worldwide.

Outlook and Market Development
The UMTS forum expects that by 2016, there will be at least one billion consumer devices connected to mobile broadband, fuelled in part by exponential growth of Social Networking Services such as Twitter and Facebook. At the same time, mobile Email and Instant Messaging continue to grow at rapid pace, in particular in the mass-market. Comscore reports an increase of 36% in mobile Email usage in the US, where in 2010, 70 million (30%) of all mobile users accessed Email from mobile devices, while 17% were using mobile instant messaging services.

The future of mobile messaging will increasingly be in unified toolkits that converge text and multimedia messages, IM chats, emails and voicemails, according to ABI Research. They estimate that the revenue from mobile instant messaging services will increase to US$212 billion by 2013, up from US$105 billion in 2009.

Carsten Brinkschulte, CEO of Synchronica, comments: "Mobile Gateway provides a one-stop solution for next-generation mobile messaging to the entire device landscape. Now, we are providing advanced features on Smartphones to really take full advantage of the capabilities of these devices. For many vendors, RCS is a just distant concept; but with Mobile Gateway 6, it becomes reality here and now. Synchronica is now ideally positioned to cater to the requirements of both mobile operators and device manufacturers in emerging and developed markets alike."

About Synchronica

Synchronica plc is a leading developer of next-generation mobile messaging solutions. Mobile Gateway, Synchronica's flagship product, provides push Email, synchronization, instant messaging (IM), and social networking services to any mobile phone currently in use. Synchronica's patented transcoding engine uses advanced streaming to download email attachments and can dramatically reduce the consumption of network bandwidth by as much as 90 percent.

Mobile operators and device manufacturers from emerging and developed markets rely on Synchronica's white-labelled product for providing mass market messaging services across the entire customer base, diversifying revenues and reducing churn.

Headquartered in England, Synchronica also maintains a development centre in Germany and the Philippines in addition to a regional presence in Canada, the USA, Hong Kong, Spain, and Dubai. Synchronica plc is a public company traded on the AIM list of the London Stock Exchange (SYNC) and the Venture Exchange of the Toronto Stock Exchange (SYN). For further information, please visit www.synchronica.com

Cautionary Statements
The foregoing information may contain forward-looking statements relating to the future performance of Synchronica plc. Forward-looking statements, specifically those concerning future performance or results, are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially from Synchronica's plans and expectations. These plans, expectations, risks and uncertainties are detailed herein and from time to time in the public filings and announcements made by Synchronica, including those made with AIM, a market of the London Stock Exchange, with the TSX Venture Exchange or with securities regulators.  Synchronica does not assume any obligation to update or revise its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.   No stock exchange, securities commission or other regulatory authority has approved or disapproved the information contained herein.

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Synchronica plc       Carsten Brinkschulte, CEO     +44 (0) 7977 256 406
www.synchronica.com       Angus Dent, CFO     +44 (0) 7977 256 347
        Nicole Meissner, COO     +44 (0) 7977 256 412
TMX | Equicom       Craig MacPhail     416 815 0700, ext. 290
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