Yesterday, Google released Android SDK. Today, Yahoo! announces that it has signed a deal with nine operators in Asia to provide oneSearch to their mobile internet portals and also mobile advertising solutions. The race to beat Google is on.
The new partnership agreements include the following carriers:
Aircel Limited (India), BPL Mobile (India), Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL; India), DiGi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd (DiGi; Malaysia), PT EXCELCOMINDO PRATAMA Tbk. (Excelcom; Indonesia), PT Hutchison CP Telecom (Hutch 3; Indonesia), PT Indosat, Tbk (Indosat; Indonesia), PCCW Mobile HK Limited (Hong Kong) and Starhub Ltd (Singapore).
Last month, I announced on this blog that I’ve heard that an Asian carrier had signed a deal with Yahoo! (DiGi and Malaysia), and I had some information on the nature of the deal, which will include Yahoo’s Mobile Media Directory, a mobile content search engine.
With these partnerships, Yahoo! will clearly keep a step ahead of the competition in this area of the world.