Nokia and Google forge global search alliance

12 Feb 2008

Nokia and Google this morning revealed that Google’s search engine technology is to be integrated into the Nokia Search application and will begin to be introduced on the latest Nokia devices.

Google search technology will begin in select markets with the Nokia N96, the Nokia N78, the Nokia 6210 Navigator and the Nokia 6220 Classic.

“Adding Google to Nokia Search provides mobile users with a 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.”

The collaboration builds on earlier 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.

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 them to act on it by engaging device assets such as maps, messaging or the browser with just one click.

“Providing 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,” Raiskinen added.

By John Kennedy