Cisco marries Google Android with unified communications for the enterprise

Could Cisco be next to join Google's Android march? Cisco demonstrated a mobile device that combines Android with

unified messaging and enterprise 2.0, reports Dave Greenfield, a principal of STAnalytics, writing in his blog on ZDNet. The keyboardless device "looks remarkably like an Apple iPhone," according Greenfield, and lets users transition calls between mobile device and PC with a swipe of a finger across the phone's touch screen.

He writes: "The phone’s image tracks the finger, moves off the device and onto the PC. The image now becomes active on the PC and the user continues with the video-call. Once on the screen, the user launches a portal serving as a repository for all of communications of the project. This demo showed contacts, calendaring todos, relevant documents to the communications workspaces, and IM interactions in a single interface."

Greenfield adds that the device demonstrates that Cisco is serious about becoming "the only company to play in the application and infrastructure space for both fixed and mobile networks," and that such a device/application puts Cisco's investment into remote access company SoonR earlier this year, into better perspective.

Greenfield also reckons:

... there will be stronger Cisco-Google collaboration. Cisco and Google already work together on some level with Cisco providing Unified Messaging Express, a module that works with Google OneBox for Enterprise, Google’s enterprise search engine to enable users to find scheduled conferences in MeetingPlace. Cisco will need to expand its search integration if it’s to discover relevant documents into the its portal so expect greater cooperation with Google or a enterprise bookmarking/tagging engine.

Read Greenfield's full report here.

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