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Nokia Gives In To Google; Google Search To Power New Nokia Handsets
Nokia is announcing this morning that they are integrating Google Search into their latest mobile handsets. The integration will begin in select markets with the Nokia N96, Nokia N78, Nokia 6210 Navigator and Nokia 6220 classic and Nokia will make Google search available to its customers in over 100 countries around the world, serving mobile owners speaking more than 40 languages.
"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.
Nokia now refers to their search as, "Nokia Search, now with Google" and I am assuming it will be similar to how AOL handles search with Google. Considering how large of a player Nokia is in the mobile handset space, will this new partnership affect Yahoo and Microsoft’s search share?
This news comes a day after Nokia’s mobile ad network launch – will Google supply ads for the network?