The IBM Lotus Notes Traveler for Android application is due in the second half of 2010. An IBM executive says the company is not sure whether it will charge for the Android app. Lotus Notes Traveler for Android will let mobile workers sync their mail, calendar and contacts and view encrypted business and personal data on smartphones running versions 2.0 and 2.1 of the Google Android mobile operating system. That includes the Android 2.0-based Motorola Droid and Google's Android 2.1-based Nexus One.
IBM will release its Lotus Notes Traveler for Android
application sometime in the second half of 2010, but the company is not sure
whether it will charge for the Android application, an IBM
official told eWEEK Jan. 19.
Lotus Notes Traveler for Android will let mobile road workers synchronize
and view their mail, calendar and contacts on smartphones running versions 2.0
and 2.1 of Google's Android mobile operating system. That includes such
existing devices as the Android 2.0-based Motorola Droid
and Google's Android 2.1-based Nexus One.
David Isenhour, strategic alliance executive for IBM
Lotus, told eWEEK IBM is working to build a
full-functioned client on Android to bring enterprise security and protection
to those devices.
IBM has already done this for the Apple iPhone,
bringing native iPhone support to the Lotus Domino 8.5.1
server via Lotus Notes Traveler. However, while the Lotus data was pushed to
the iPhone, it was not secure.
IBM remedied this with Lotus Notes
Traveler Companion, the company's first Notes plug-in to let users view
encrypted mail on the iPhone. Available now in Apple's App Store, the
application requires Lotus Notes Traveler 8.5.1 software.
"Customers told us they love the capability to have Traveler push
e-mail down to our iPhones, but we need to protect the data," Isenhour
There is currently a dearth of iPhone and Android applications that satisfy
businesses' security needs. Companion and Traveler for Android could help win
over enterprises reluctant to let their employees use iPhones and Android
smartphones for business communications and collaboration because they fear
they are not secure enough.
This isn't unlike the challenge Research In Motion faced when it got started
in the enterprise market years ago, and now the Blackberry Enterprise Server is
considered the top in its class. RIM would go on to reach millions of
enterprise users by linking Lotus Domino to its BES platform.
Indeed, RIM and IBM are close partners in
mobile collaboration, working together on the BlackBerry Client for IBM
Lotus Quickr and a new version of the BlackBerry Client for IBM
Isenhour said IBM has also extended its
partnership with Nokia, noting that a future version of the Lotus Sametime
instant messaging client for Nokia Symbian S60 smartphones will offer presence
awareness within contacts. He said IBM does
this by making use of Nokia's presentation layer within its Series 60 platform.
an API that talks to the Sametime presence
servers. Using the contacts interface on the device, users can see whether
their contacts are available or busy.
Moreover, Nokia will enable Lotus Sametime Unified
Telephony click-to-call capabilities in the native address book on the S60 by
the end of 2010.