IBM has recently announced the release of its Lotus Notes Traveler application for Android. Launched as beta back in June 2010, the application is now available for download through the Traveler Server.
The new released Lotus Notes Traveler 188.8.131.52 is basically a client for Android smartphones, which provides quick access to email (including attachments), calendar, address book, journal and to-do list features on any device running Android OS 2.0 or later.
In addition to support for Android devices, the latest Lotus Notes Traveler 184.108.40.206 introduces new features such as:
- Microsoft Windows Mobile and Nokia Symbian Scheduled synchronization and data filtering to optimize device usage;
- Search corporate directory from all supported mobile devices, including Microsoft Windows Mobile and Nokia Symbian devices;
- Supported features include remote wipe for lost or stolen devices, password length/strength specification, option to deny access to unencrypted devices and prohibit camera usage;
- Lotus Mobile Installer provides seamless installation and upgrades for the client.
Users who previously installed the beta version of Lotus Notes Traveler are required to uninstall it first and then install the final version. Also, users have to make sure that their Notes Traveler server is at least version 8.5.2, otherwise it won't support Android devices.
“Your Notes Traveler server must be running 8.5.2 to support the Android devices. This has the nice bonus of supporting the Traveler mobile installer, so that the software on the device side is always up-to-date,” said Ed Brill, IBM's director of product management for Lotus software.
As a side note, AT&T customers won't be able to install Lotus Notes Traveler on their devices due to the carrier's security policy, which only allows its subscribers to install third-party apps from the Android Market on AT&T-branded handsets.
However, the carrier stated that it will provide a viable solution for customers who want to use Lotus Notes Traveler on their Android smartphones, in early 2011.