Posted on 21-Jun-2007 11:53
Filed under: News
Yahoo! has announced the launch of Yahoo! Go for Mobile 2.0 in general availability in the US and the availability of localised beta versions in 13 countries later this week. Yahoo! initially unveiled the new service in beta in the US January 2007.
"Today's launch signals to the world that Yahoo! Go is ready for primetime. With the tremendous consumer response to date we believe that Yahoo! Go will be a catalyst for broader adoption of the mobile Internet," said Marco Boerries, executive vice president, Connected Life Division, Yahoo!. "People want easy access to the Internet on their mobile phones, and Yahoo! Go 2.0 offers content, access and answers wherever you are."
The new version of Yahoo! Go 2.0 will be available for more than 200 different mobile phones in the US by the end of July, expanding to more than 400 by end of year. It will also be pre-loaded on new devices from Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, LG and HTC that begin rolling out later this year.
The software update includes speed enhancements, better e-mail experience with ability to read attachments, including PDF files and Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents, plus access to to Yahoo! Mail folders; maps with both satellite and hybrid views, current traffic conditions and optional GPS integration on select devices.
Users in Canada, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Spain, United Kingdom, Thailand and Vietnam will be able to download localised beta versions of the service. At launch the new beta versions for these countries will have much of the functionality as the US version and are supported by more than 200 different mobile phones by the end of July and that will expand to more than 400 by end of year.
Yahoo! has also announced partnership agreements with six mobile operators across Asia, representing a combined subscriber base of nearly 100 million. These new partnerships focus on distribution of Yahoo!'s popular mobile search service, Yahoo! oneSearch, which launched in Asia in May of this year.
The six mobile operators are Globe Telecom (Philippines), Idea Cellular Limited (India), LG Telecom (Korea), Maxis Communications Berhad (Malaysia), PT Telekomunikasi Selular "Telkomsel" (Indonesia) and Taiwan Mobile (Taiwan).