The collaboration, announced Thursday, has been in a trial operation since December and will launch in full early this year. The Google search functions on, the world's largest mobile carrier, will aim to facilitate access to content on the Monternet WAP portal, which includes news, ring tones, videos and games.
This is the second foray into the Chinese Internet market that Google has announced this week. On Tuesday, the Mountain View, Calif.-based company revealed it would , a video download service. It's no surprise that major U.S. companies like Googleare turning to China as a growing hotspot for technology: recent research has shown that before too long China may as the country with the most Internet users.
But there's tough competition for China's red-hot Internet market. U.S. search engines like Google face a formidable rival in the Chinese search company . Baidu, meanwhile, has been expanding its own offerings, including a recently launched