Ah yes, good to see Nokia and Google talking to each other at last. It seems that they've inked a deal to include Google search results in Nokia's on-device Mobile Search utility. The rollout will start with the new devices announced yesterday and will then come in firmware updates and downloads to existing devices in various markets in due course. The press release is below, if you want the full details.
Nokia and Google to 0ffer Google Search to Nokia customers worldwide
Industry leaders collaborate to provide mobile users fast and easy access to relevant information
World Congress 2008, Barcelona, Spain/Espoo, Finland - Nokia and Google
today announced that Google's popular search engine will be integrated
with the Nokia Search application. The integration will begin in
select markets with the Nokia N96, Nokia N78, Nokia 6210 Navigator and
Nokia 6220 classic. Google search will be extended to additional Nokia
handset models in the future. Ultimately, Nokia will make Google search
available to its customers in over 100 countries around the world,
serving mobile owners speaking more than 40 languages.
Search, now with Google, offers fast and easy access to web information
from the handset. In addition, Nokia Search also makes it possible for
users to search content on their device and use local search engines
for a complete search experience. Nokia Search is available on many
devices and provides direct access with one click from the active
standby screen, saving users time and steps in their searching. Once
users have found the information they are seeking, Nokia Search enables
users to act on that information by engaging device assets such as
maps, messaging or the browser with just one click.
choices for our consumers is an important driver in Nokia's Internet
service strategy," said Ilkka Raiskinen, vice-president, software and
services at Nokia. "This integration allows our consumers the ability
to use the innovative search technologies, which have made Google
almost synonymous with Internet search.
Google to Nokia Search provides mobile users with fast, relevant and
comprehensive search experience that will be familiar to the people who
use Google to search the web from their desktop," said Google's VP of
Engineering and Products for Mobile Vic Gundotra. "Google search
combined with the high quality applications on Nokia devices help make
information available to Nokia device users wherever they are and
provide an excellent overall experience."
collaboration announced today builds on previous cooperation between
Nokia and Google. Google search has previously been available on Nokia
Internet tablets, and last year the Nokia N95 8GB became the first
mobile device to fully support YouTube, the video-sharing platform
owned by Google.
Search is available on more than 40 Nokia devices in over 40 languages
and in more than 100 countries. For the latest list of compatible Nokia
devices, please visit www.mobilesearch.nokia.com.