Friday, May 12, 2006
Google, Nokia to Launch Internet Browsing Device
Google, Nokia to LaunchInternet Browsing Device
By CASSELL BRYAN-LOWMay 12, 2006 11:53 a.m.
Google Inc. is teaming up with handset maker Nokia Corp., in a move that could help propel the Internet company into mobile communications.
The companies plan to launch a version of Nokia's hand-held Internet browsing device ready loaded with Google's Google Talk service, which enables users to have voice conversations and exchange instant messages, according to a person familiar with the plans. The device, which relies on short-range technology known as Wi-Fi rather than cellphone networks, isn't a cellphone.
The companies, which plan to announce the partnership on Tuesday, expect the device to go on sale globally and cost about €300, or about $390, the person said. Nokia also is talking to other companies about incorporating their Internet communication software onto the device.
The device is an upgrade to a product Nokia first launched in September called the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet. The device was the Espoo, Finland, company's first mobile device that isn't also a cellphone. Slightly larger than most personal organizers, it has a wide, high-resolution screen intended for easy Web-page browsing. It also plays video and music.
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