Google launches mobile news portal for Japanese surfers

16 Oct 2006

Google has launched a Japanese-language news service for mobile phone users in a bid to increase its market share in a country where people tend to access the internet via a mobile platform. The new service is currently offering news feeds from up to 30 media sources including the state-run NHK service and the Asahi newspaper, although Google is looking to expand the number of news sites it has in the short-term. Using the portal, customers can browse a list of news headlines with links to services optimised for use on a mobile handset. Google is also working with local carrier KDDI to provide a search engine on its mobile platform.

Japan, KDDI (au)