Google & Verizon Becoming Frenemies?
I’ve heard of "keep your enemies close" but Google and Verizon are rumored to be taking that to the extreme.
While Verizon has been a little frosty to Google’s Android, the WSJ suggests the two companies are about to get cozy–at least as far as mobile search is concerned.
The deal under discussion, which would make Google the default search provider on Verizon devices and give it a share of ad revenue, is aimed at dramatically simplifying what is now a confusing set of search options for cellphone users. Today, users have to go to different places to look up services such as ringtones, restaurants and Web pages. Verizon wants to create a new search platform that would be a one-stop shop.
It’s not a done deal yet, but, as a Verizon customer, I’d love to be able to show iPhone users that my phone can do more than "GET IT NOW."