IBM plugs Notes into Android

IBM announced a beta version of Lotus Notes collaboration software for use with devices that run Google's Android operating system.

"IBM is committed to supporting the vast array of mobile devices out there including the Android platform,” said Kevin Cavanaugh, vice president, messaging and collaboration, IBM.

Lotus Notes Traveler for Android beta version is a free bit of software that can be downloaded by Lotus Notes customers. It provides two-way, over-the-air synchronisation of information between Lotus Domino and mobile devices.

IBM said it has seen a large upswing in business customers using smartphones and other mobile kit to keep on top of their work while out of the office.

The software allows Lotus Notes users to view their Notes data on the devices that run the Android 2.0 or higher operating system. This includes the Droid, Nexus One and many other devices.

The next version of IBM Lotus Connections social software plans to support the Android platform.

IBM also has Lotus Notes Traveler software that supports Nokia Symbian, Windows Mobile Devices and the Apple iPhone and iPad.