Wednesday, January 23, 2008

NTT DoCoMo and Google to Partner in Mobile Internet Services

NTT DoCoMo announced a partnership with Google to provide search services, search-related advertisement and potential applications to i-mode users. The companies will also collaborate to enhance the user-friendliness of i-mode services, by making various Google services easier to access through i-mode handsets. The default pre-loading of Google Maps application into upcoming DoCoMo i-mode handsets is one of the initial initiatives being discussed.

Google Maps for Mobile is under discussion to become a standard pre-installed application on upcoming i-mode handsets to be launched in the near future.

The companies are also considering the possibility of bringing Google Android based handsets to the Japanese market.