Japan-based mobile phone carrier NTT DoCoMo has announced plans to partner with US-based Google to offer internet search and e-mail services on its handsets, business daily The Nikkei has reported.
The new service will offer Google search, e-mail, scheduling and photo-saving features through NTT’s i-Mode internet network. The two firms plan to integrate the search feature with handset software, enabling the development of new services.
NTT is also considering developing a next-generation handset using Google’s Android, a free operating system for mobile devices, to be introduced in the second half of next year.
Earlier this year, Google partnered with mobile handset manufacturer LG to provide preloaded mobile versions of Google software, including Google Maps, Gmail and Blogger.
In January 2006, Motorola and Google partnered to provide access to Google on Motorola handsets. Motorola integrated Google icon onto select devices so that users can connect directly to Google.
Source: ComputerWire daily updates