A new deal between Google and Japan’s largest mobile phone operator DoCoMo will see its handsets using search, email and other services such as YouTube and Picassa from the search giant. The deal, reported on the Washington Post website, will help Google’s overseas growth whilst giving DoCoMo an edge in Japan’s highly competitive mobile market.
The two firms, which also plan to launch a Linux-based mobile handset in Japan, aim to reap joint advertising revenues of 10 billion yen “as soon as possible,” they said, without disclosing how they plan to split revenues.
“Japan’s mobile Internet services lead the world,” DoCoMo senior Vice President Takeshi Natsuno said at a news conference. “It’s no wonder that big U.S. companies are paying attention to Japan.