Google To Be Default Search Engine on Nokia Handsets

Today at the 2008 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Nokia and Google announced a joint initiative to integrate Google’s search engine with the handset vendor’s Search application, AppScout reports.

The joint search application will soon roll out on “Nokia N96, Nokia N78, Nokia 6210 Navigator, and Nokia 6220 classic handsets in select markets, extending to further Nokia models in the future, eventually reaching 40 models in 100 different countries and 40 different languages.”

This type of arrangement gives Nokia more flexibility in building the search engine into their main interface, rather than having to send everyone to Google’s mobile WAP page first. It’s a cleaner design and ensures built-in access to Google, providing that a handset vendor can enter into an agreement such as this one.

Nokia and Google Team Up to Improve Mobile Search [AppScout]