MWC 2008: Nokia collaborates with Google to offer search engine on handsets

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Announced today, Nokia is to roll out Google’s search engine across many of their handsets, predominantly yesterday’s new N96, N78, 6210 Navigator and 6220 Classic models.

The search engine will be integrated into their Nokia Search application, which already offers easy access to the web, and the ability to search content on the actual handsets.

“Adding 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,” Google’s VP of Engineering and Products for Mobile Vic Gundotra said of the new collaboration.

The service will be extended to other handsets in the future, with over 100 countries given access to the search engine.

Is anyone else wondering why Nokia needs to call upon the mighty power of Google’s search abilities, when they have their own Search function in existence? Guess things aren’t quite as rosy with Nokia Search as they’d like us to believe.

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Katherine Hannaford