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Samsung, Google partner for mobile

Google for mobile software to come preloaded on select Samsung cell phones beginning in "early 2007."

The mobile versions of Google Search, Google Maps and Gmail will come bundled on some Samsung phones, both companies announced Monday at the Consumer Electronic Show, under way this week in Las Vegas. The software will be bundled on phones starting in "early 2007," with Samsung already including Google software on its new ultra-slim HSDPA-ready phone, the Ultra Edition 13.8 (Z720).

The news follows Yahoo's announcement that its new version of Yahoo Go, its mobile software, would come be preloaded on more than 70 phones from manufacturers such as Motorola, Nokia, Samsung and Research In Motion. Samsung also signed an agreement in December 2006 to bundle Opera Mobile Web browsers on some of its advanced cell phones.