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Ubuntu 10.10 to feature Windows, iPhone & Android syncing…

We can reveal today that Ubuntu One, Canonical's cloud storage solution, will be updated in Maverick Meerkat to include Windows, Android & iPhone syncing and music streaming...

As you’ll discover from our recent Ubuntu 10.10 desktop and netbook beta reviews there’s quite a bit to look forward to on the 10th October when Maverick Meerkat finally hits download servers. We can reveal today however, that Canonical are also planning to upgrade their already popular cloud-storage solution, Ubuntu One.

While all Ubuntu users can already share 2GB of free cloud storage (including automatic synchronisation of music purchased from the Ubuntu One Music Store) between their Ubuntu desktops and netbooks, from Sunday’s release users will also be able to share files with Windows-based computers and smartphones too. That’s right – Ubuntu One is finally going multi-platform! Little is currently known about the Windows app as yet, but Canonical were more forthcoming with information about the smartphone service…

Maverick Meerkat Ubuntu One users will be able to sync contacts and stream music direct to their iPhone or Android  smartphone via a free app. The Ubuntu One Mobile service will cost $3.99 per month, but will be offered free if you choose to subscribe Canonical’s 20GB (or more) Ubuntu One paid subscription service.

Here’s the full list of Ubuntu One Mobile specifications and features as described on the Ubuntu One homepage. As you can see, Photo syncing is also planned for a later release…

Music streaming

  • Stream all mp3 files from your cloud to your mobile phone
  • iOS 4 and Android supported
  • Browse and search by artist, album, or song title
  • Various playback controls: skip, shuffle, repeat one, and repeat all
  • Unlimited hours of music streaming
  • Controllable cache for listening to songs while you are offline
  • Resume playback when interrupted by a call
  • Sign in with your Ubuntu One account
  • Apps available from the Android marketplace. iPhone coming soon
  • iPhone app base on iSub
  • Excellent companion to the Ubuntu One Music Store
  • Uses Subsonic streaming technology
  • Client open source code available

Contacts sync

  • Sync all phone contacts with your Ubuntu One personal cloud address book “wirelessly”
  • Manual and automatic options
  • Supports Android, iPhone, Blackberry, Nokia and 1000s of other phones.
  • iPhone and Android: Search for “Ubuntu One Contacts” in your app marketplace

Photos (beta coming soon)

  • Send camera phone photos to your Ubuntu One personal cloud without wires
  • Photos are automatically synced from your Ubuntu One personal cloud to your registered computers
  • Manual and automatic options
  • Supports Android, Blackberry and Nokia devices.

Keep an eye on the front page – we’ll be bringing you more on this news over the next few days, including an interview with Canonical’s Vice President of Business Development, Steve George…

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