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Xobni for Gmail, Android & iPhone coming soon! – Testers wanted.

Xobni for GMail BETA, Android ALPHA & iPhone ALPHA

by Michael Albers

Not a day goes by at Xobni, without hearing “When will Xobni work on Gmail, Android or iPhone?”.  This is truly the #1 request from Xobni users, and we’ve been listening.

Last week, we deployed a new service called Xobni Pro. This service includes the robust “Xobni Cloud” architecture, which enables us to develop new products faster. More importantly, it connects Xobni’s relationship management service across multiple platforms and devices.

Previously, Xobni users could only unite their Xobni Contacts and rich profiles across Outlook and BlackBerry. Now, with the Xobni Cloud, we can extend this further. The Xobni Cloud is the foundation that will enable us to support new products and platforms going forward.

Today we’re announcing that Xobni is coming to Gmail, Android and iPhone.

Xobni for Gmail BETA – The Xobni sidebar comes to Gmail! Sign up for the Gmail BETA.

  • Put a face and a name to every email
  • Lightning-fast contact search
  • See relationship history and mutual contacts
  • Enriched contact info from Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

Xobni for Android & iPhone ALPHA – The Xobni app on your Android and iPhone providing quick access to your Xobni contacts and information.  Sign up for the Android ALPHA or sign up for the iPhone ALPHA.

  • Bring your Xobni automatic address book to your Smartphone
  • Access Xobni Contacts from Gmail, Outlook, BlackBerry
  • See recent emails and mutual contacts
  • Lightning-fast contact search

Testers Wanted

Over the past few months, we have been in Private Alpha mode with Xobni for Gmail with some of the most amazing Alpha testers in the world! This loyal team of testers has been invaluable: diligently identifying bugs, suggesting new features, and providing lots of encouragement along the way during our ALPHA. Thanks so much to each of you for your emails and posts in the forums—your participation makes a difference!

So, if you’re one of those really early adopters, and like to get an early peek at these products, or if you’re one of the thousands that has written us asking for Xobni in Gmail, iPhone and Android—we’d love to have you on our Alpha (or Beta) tester team. Sign up on the respective pages for Gmail BETAAndroid ALPHA and iPhone ALPHA products.  We’ll be letting users in on a first come, first served basis. All  feedback, thoughts and ideas are welcomed.

You might be wondering: will there be a Free and Pro version of these products? The answer is: Yes! We aren’t sharing all those details yet, but we will in time.

We hope you’re as excited as we are, and we are looking forward to developing these products with you by our side.

Thanks!

The Xobni Product Team

Avast from the Pirate Lab

One morning after some deep meditation, the Xobni team woke up and realized that not everyone uses Xobni on the same Dell Inspirons and IBM ThinkPads that we all use.  Matt’s head almost exploded from this realization.  True story.

We knew that testing had to be done on the machines our users were actually using.  This involves more than simply doing testing on virtual machines, which we have used since day 1 (for non-techies: virtual machines are software simulations of computers commonly used in quality assurance engineering). Instead we needed computers that have all the pre-configured bloatware, special packs of Microsoft Office, extra restore partitions, and all of the rest of that great stuff that slows down your computer to a crawl.

With this goal in mind, we searched Craigslist for machines that were 1-2 years old, and better represented the types of machines that our users were using.  Behold, I present the Pirate Lab!  Or Ninja Lab, depending on which group you’d rather fall into.

ryan and tyler
What is that bizarre thing in the corner?

easy bake oven

Oh yes friends, we go get hungry here in the Xobni office.  While the kitchen is stocked with goodies to eat, sometimes the kitchen is just too far away.  Brownies, anyone?

If any users out there have extra old laptops that they’d like to donate to our lab please send them to 211 Sutter St. Suite 300, San Francisco, CA 94108 c/o Pirate QA Lab.  We’ll send you a free Xobni shirt in exchange!  You’ll also maintain the honor of knowing that you had a small part in changing the world of email.


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Xobni’s contact management products offer lightning fast email search and organization of your inbox, as well as an innovative and comprehensive address book for the mobile device.

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