Google, Verizon finalising mobile search pact
The deal under discussion would make Google the default search provider on Verizon handsets. The two companies would split ad revenue from the service, according to the Journal, which cited unnamed sources. Verizon is the second largest wireless carrier in the U.S., falling behind AT&T in terms of subscribers.
If completed, the deal would give Google yet another foothold in the fast-growing wireless market. The company is heavily involved in services for the popular iPhone from Apple Inc which is carried exclusively over AT&T’s network.Google is also developing a mobile software platform known as Android that is designed to be an open – allowing other developers to write applications for it. Carriers such as T-Mobile are participating in that project.