Motorola and Google in mobile search alliance

6 Jan 2006

Mobile phone giant Motorola and internet search leader Google have unveiled a global alliance to enable mobile users to get quick and easy access to Google on Motorola handsets.

According to Google, Motorola will include a Google icon on select devices so that users can connect directly to the search site anytime, anywhere at the click of a button. It is expected that these mass-market, internet-optimised handsets will be distributed from early 2006.

“Many of our customers have been asking for mobile devices integrated with their consumers’ favorite online search services,” said Scott Durchslag, corporate vice president and general manager of Global Products for Motorola’s Mobile Device business. “By featuring Google on Motorola handsets for those customers, we are making it easier for consumers to connect to the information they need when they need it. Our relationship with Google provides an opportunity for us to offer a high quality mobile search experience,” Durchslag explained.

“Access to information is imperative for people on-the-go,” said Nikesh Arora, vice president, European operations, Google.

“Whether checking the local weather or locating the restaurant of their choice, consumers today require personalised search services that are tailored to their needs. With immediate access to Google, millions of Motorola users worldwide will be able to quickly and easily find information that’s important to them,” Arora added.

By John Kennedy