February 12, 2008, 4:00 PM — Nokia will integrate Google's
search engine into its own search application on four of its latest phones unveiled
at the Mobile
World Congress, the companies said on Tuesday.
Google will appear on the N96, N78, 6210 Navigator and the 6220 classic in
select markets at first. Eventually, the option will be extended to other handsets
in more than 100 countries, Nokia said.
Nokia has collaborated with Google before, although Google is increasingly
encroaching on its partners turf.
In Barcelona this week, several chip manufacturers are displaying prototypes
of mobile phones using Google's Android software stack. If other phone manufacturers
embrace Android, it could eventually pose a challenge to Nokia's dominating
share of the mobile market.
Nokia first integrated Google's search engine on its Internet tablet PCs. The
company also enabled support for Google's YouTube video-sharing Web site on
its popular N95 phone.
The Google search option will supplement Nokia's Search software, which is
free to download and compatible with a range of the company's handsets. That
search function can be used to find content on the phone as well as on the Internet.