With CES this week has been a week of announcements. It appears that Yahoo and Google are on the same page in offering services more tightly integrated into the mobile devices. The ZDNet News reported that Yahoo will announce today (January 6, 2006) that they are going to start offering e-mail, instant messenger, photo and other services outside of traditional web browsers on mobile devices and PC-connected televisions. According to the report:
“…Yahoo plans to launch a service that will allow mobile users to program the recording of TV shows remotely over mobile phones, and eventually offer music services through the TV...”
This makes some sense with the November Yahoo/Tivo announcement.
Google on the other hand is also making some mobile device noise. According to different ZDNet News report Google has teamed with Motorola who is said to be creating a cell phone that has a special button for Google Search. Wow, a phone button specifically for directing cell phone users to search with Google, that sounds like a pretty solid deal for Google. I just wonder how users will take this one button Google Search integration.
Overall, these announcements should not surprise anyone since they attempt to secure more of the open mobile real estate that are inline with the trends of our "iPod loving on-the-go" culture.