November 7, 2005 We rate GlooLabs and its Java-based GlooNet “one of the most likely to succeed” in the mobile space – the Java-based GlooNet allows digital media (music, images, files etc) stored on a home computer to be accessed remotely through any Internet-enabled computer, mobile phone, or PDA. That was before last week’s announcement that global technology giant Siemens has invested in GlooLabs, enabling GlooLabs to expand its product portfolio and ramp-up operations for large-scale customer deployments. Seamless access to personal media and other data has become ultra important in the fast converging computing and home entertainment environments and GlooLabs' architectural approach overcomes the current gap of desktop- and browser-based solutions by allowing end users to retrieve media files stored on various mobile devices and view or play them on any other connected device. GlooLabs' modular platform enables fixed line operators, wireless operators, handset and set top box manufacturers to rapidly bring a wide variety of new products and services to market under their own brand. A public GlooNet demonstration site is available here.
Using GlooNet, consumers can access their home audio collection while at work, select pictures stored on their home PC from a print shop kiosk or share pictures and videos with friends and family without sending bulky email or waiting for lengthy uploads. Additionally, GlooNet includes features for enabling mobile phones to be used as wireless MP3 players without the need for significant local storage capacity.
GlooNet is currently being deployed in several markets in the United States, Asia and Europe. Siemens Acceleration will showcase GlooLabs and four other portfolio companies at the 3G Congress in Hong Kong from November 16 -18, 2005.
"GlooLabs has a very unique position in the crowded field of multimedia services and solutions," said Dr. Dietrich Ulmer, CEO of Siemens Acceleration in Communications. "Their approach has received immediate, positive response from both the market and the fixed network unit of the Siemens Communications Group. I am confident our strategic investment will greatly benefit both parties."
"The rapid growth of personal media, broadband networks and the desire to access one's photos, music, videos and documents anywhere and at any time has created a tremendous opportunity for GlooLabs," said David Arfin, CEO of GlooLabs. "We're excited to have Siemens, a strong global player in the world of communications, as an investor and partner."