Ask Mobile Search features navigation shortcuts to minimize keystrokes and provides direct access to key search categories on the home page, like directions, image search, business listings, maps and weather, according to the company, a .
The service uses technology called Skweezer that squeezes Web pages so they appear in a format that is easier to view on small displays and increases download speed. Ask Mobile Search also lets people automatically dial numbers from listings, select driving or walking directions, and send maps and directions to mobile phones.
The service will be ad-free.
The major search engines have been moving fast into the mobile space. And others are already offering advertising on the mobile services, anticipating that people using mobile phones to search the Web will likely make a transaction by visiting a merchant.
On Monday, Microsoft said itservice that will let people click on an ad to place a call to the advertiser.
Last week, Yahooin the United States and United Kingdom. In July, Google .