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AOL develops new mobile search feature

Company says search service shrinks Web for all browser-based mobile devices.

AOL says it has developed a service that will shrink the Internet to fit mobile devices with Web browsers.

Mobile phone users can now perform Web searches much like they would on a desktop computer and then access any Web site, the Dulles, Va.-based company said Tuesday. Up to now, the tiny screens on most Internet-enabled PDAs and smart phones have been too small to download many Web pages.

AOL's Mobile Search Service automatically adapts search results and Web pages to handheld devices using content-analysis and transcoding technology from InfoGin, the companies said in a statement.

"AOL Mobile Search services give consumers the power to search or shop for anything they need via conventional cell phone, smart phone or PDA," said Jim Riesenbach, senior vice president of AOL Search.

Other mobile services only can download full pages that are WAP (Wireless Application Protocol)-enabled. In July, Yahoo announced that it was extending its browser-based mobile search function for WAP enabled phones.