Orange and Google have announced an official partnership that will see Orange become the first operator to give customers one-click access in Europe to Google Mobile Apps including Google Maps, Google News, Google Search and Mail.
According to the release, the agreement is a long term multi-year strategic partnership that will bring out the best in content and search innovation from both partners and access to enhanced search features, Orange content, and other familiar Google products and services.
Orange plans to launch Google Mobile App across its footprint in a phased approach and will deliver it across a large range of Orange Signature phones, which are customised for a better user experience. Initially, Orange is giving customers instant access to Google Search™ from the homescreen on Signature Android handsets, alongside other services such as Orange TV.
Vic Gundotra, Vice-President of Engineering at Google, says: “Google Mobile App makes it easier than ever for people to find and use information that matters to them when they’re on the move. Partnering with Orange is a great opportunity for us to provide their customers across Europe with instant access to the web.”
Orange will also sell iPhones in the UK from November 10th.