Yahoo! offers mobile web search

Yahoo! is offering web search software to mobile phone users with the launch of a beta version of Yahoo! Go for Mobile 2.0.The Yahoo! Go 2.0 beta is available for consumers to download today on Motorola’s new MOTORAZR maxx V6 and MOTORAZR V3xx devices as part of the two companies’ ongoing alliance to deliver an optimized Yahoo! experience on the world’s coolest devices. Beginning in the first half of 2007, Yahoo! Go 2.0 will be pre-loaded on select new mobile devices from Motorola. Consumers can also download Yahoo! Go 2.0 on more than 70 other mobile devices from major manufacturers worldwide and use it on most wireless networks.

Additionally, Yahoo! expects to distribute Yahoo! Go 2.0 through mobile operators worldwide including Bharti Airtel, DiGi Telecommunications (Malaysia), Globe Telecom, Hutchison India, Idea Cellular, Rogers Wireless, Smart Communications, Taiwan Mobile and 3 Group in the United Kingdom, Italy, Denmark, Ireland and Sweden.

“Yahoo! intends to be the number one mobile Internet player globally,” said Marco Boerries, senior vice president of connected life, Yahoo!. “Today we are changing the game by putting the full power of the open Internet into consumers’ pockets. Yahoo! Go 2.0 creates an entirely new and beautiful experience that fits great phones, like the new MOTORAZR maxx V6 or V3xx devices.”

“Consumers crave cool experiences on the coolest devices and the desire for seamless connectivity has never been stronger,” said Scott Durchslag, corporate vice-president of product and xperience invention, Motorola mobile devices. “Integrating services like Yahoo! Go 2.0 with Motorola devices enables consumers to stay connected with the people, places and information they want, whenever they want it.”

Yahoo! has created this new version of Yahoo! Go from the ground up to bring the Internet to the mobile phone with a suite of services that are fast, easy to use and highly personalizable. The unique carousel design of Yahoo! Go 2.0 makes it simple for consumers to navigate the selection of Yahoo! Go widgets for e-mail, local information and maps, news, sports, finance, entertainment, weather, photo sharing and search. The new service also includes Yahoo! oneSearch(TM) a completely new mobile search service designed to give consumers what they want on their mobile phone—instant answers. Yahoo! Go 2.0 is the next generation of the service that launched for Symbian and Windows Mobile phones in 2006.