Verizon, Google Close To Mobile Search Deal from the Wall Street Journal reports that Google and Verizon are close to a deal. The deal would make Google the default search provided for Verizon mobile devices. In the past, Verizon and other mobile carriers were reluctant to let Google or other search companies invade this space, but that might be over with.
The Wall Street Journal says Verizon wants Google to create a new search platform that would be a one-stop shop. In exchange, Google would share the ad revenue with Verizon under this platform. The details of the deal are not complete yet and as soon as we have more information, we will update you.
Google currently powers several search applications on the iPhone, which runs on AT&T, but AT&T also has “plans to use Yahoo to power Web search” on their other devices. Yahoo and Nokia just announced a search deal as well.