Subscribers of DoCoMo could have access to Google Gmail, search tools, Google Calendar and Picasa photo-sharing software early this year through DoCoMo’s i-Mode network, reports Reuters.
According to NewsFactor Network, DoCoMo joined the Open Handset Alliance last month. The Open Handset Alliance is a group of 34 companies that have said they will work with Google and the Android platform.
There is speculation that the deal would not only get Google into the mobile market, but pull the search engine to the front of the race due to the reach of DoCoMo with 49 million users on its i-Mode mobile online service alone. The deal would launch Google ahead of Yahoo, one rival which has diligently been working on mobile service partnerships in Asia.
ABI Research recently put out a study that showed the value of mobile video services growing from $1 billion in ’07 to over $17 billion by 2012; a annual growth rate of 74%.