Google, the world’s most popular Internet search engine, and Nokia, the global biggest producer of cell phones, are reportedly going to announce a mobile device that will be able to use Google’s search engine as well as voice over Internet protocol (VOIP) feature called Google Talk.
The pact between Nokia and Google would offer consumers the ability to chat with other users of instant messaging software via the Nokia Wi-Fi device, which relies on short-range wireless networks, according to a Wall Street Journal article cited by Reuters news-agency.
Nokia will reportedly reveal a new version of its Internet Tablet on Tuesday, the 16th of May, 2006. The new product will be a successor of Nokia’s Internet Tablet 770 device, which allows to access the Internet using Wi-Fi networks, but cannot actually phone using GSM or any other networks.
Nokia recently indicated that the 770 Internet Tablet’s software was upgradeable and runs on the Linux-based Internet Tablet 2005 software edition. The company said there was a planned launch of an operating system upgrade – the Internet Tablet 2006 software addition – that would support additional services, including Internet telephony (VoIP) and instant messaging. However, the new produce will feature “updated hardware”, according to the report by WSJ. Google's Talk service also does not allow to call regular or cellular phones.
Even though the partnership between the world’s top mobile phone maker and search engine service looks promising, the original Internet Tablet 770 – which could browse the Web, send emails, play media files, view PDF files, play games and record notes – did not receive huge popularity among consumers, which may mean that the deal will not have any impact on both leading companies.
Earlier this year Google announced a plan with Nokia’s biggest rival, Motorola Inc. to feature Google search software on Motorola phones. On the other hand, several devices by Nokia feature software functionality by Yahoo, the arch-rival of Google.