Google has become the latest search engine to make its services available on Nokia handsets. The two giants yesterday announced a global deal similar to those already forged with Microsoft and Yahoo.
The agreement comes despite Google plans to launch its Android mobile platform later this year - technology that will see it directly compete with Nokia should the handset maker decline to adopt the operating system. Nokia said the move is part of its mobile Internet strategy of “providing choices for our consumers.’
Google search is initially available on the four Nokia multimedia handsets announced earlier this week.
The operator already provides search services for Nokia Internet tablets and the pair has also collaborated to make YouTube available on select Nokia handsets.
Gartner analyst Carolina Milanesi said Nokia could be trying to avoid making an enemy out of Google and colored the search deal as “a bit of a defensive move in light of Android-based devices supposedly coming in the second half of 2008.
Although Nokia might not adopt the platform it is making sure they are working with Google and offering consumers what they want.”
LATIN AMERICAN YOUTUBE DEAL: Google has inked a deal with top Latin American mobile operator America Movil to add YouTube to its arsenal of 3G services. The player will first offer YouTube videos to wireless subscribers in Mexico although it plans to eventually widen the rollout to include 15 additional markets. Additional details were not forthcoming.
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