Tonight at CES Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer made several announcements during his keynote address. In addition to a preview of the Windows 7 OS, Ballmer announced high-profile distribution deals for Live Search. We were unable to write about the deals earlier today due to an embargo. However, we covered a Reuters report that was issued on one of the deals: a five-year search and advertising partnership with Verizon Wirelesss. The other search distribution agreement is a global “default search” deal with Dell. Microsoft has an official blog post here on the news. Danny earlier put together the following discussion of the various PC partnerships among the leading search providers. The Dell/PC Deal The chart below shows the current distribution deals for various search engines, with share figures from Gartner for the third quarter of 2008: PC Maker US Share Worldwide Share Search Partner Deal Signed Dell 29.5% 13.6% (2) Microsoft Jan. 2009 HP 25.7% 18.4% (1) Microsoft … [Read more...] about Deal Puts Microsoft Live Search On Dell Computers, Verizon Phones — Will It Help?
In the event you were “off planet” yesterday you still might not know that Verizon is getting its own version of the iPhone on February 10. There are some differences between the Verizon and AT&T versions of the iPhone beyond their underlying technology (CDMA vs. GSM). Among them Verizon is offering an unlimited data plan (no longer available at AT&T) and you’ll be able (for an as-yet-undisclosed price) to use the handset as a hotspot to run up to five devices. (In addition Verizon is also going to get a CDMA-enabled iPad.) There had been much speculation leading up to yesterday’s announcement about who needs whom more, Verizon or Apple. Verizon has 93 million US mobile subscribers and so opens up a gigantic new market to the iPhone, whose growth has been flat and recently overtaken by Android in the US, according to comScore. By the same token the absence of the iPhone was a huge omission in Verizon’s handset lineup and hindering the largest US … [Read more...] about How Will Google Be Impacted By Verizon’s iPhone?
Google rolled out a new Google Phone Gallery today, a handy way to see the amazingly huge number of Google-backed Android phones out there. But if you’re looking for what Google CEO Eric Schmidt called the best rival to the iPhone, the Samsung Galaxy, it’s missing for Verizon. Why? Verizon’s Galaxy phone uses Bing as its default service. On Verizon’s site, you can see that the Samsung Fascinate, a “Galaxy-class” Android-powered phone, is on sale: But it doesn’t appear in Google’s list of Verizon’s Android phones: As we covered earlier, the new gallery doesn’t bill itself as a listing of all Android devices but of: Android-powered devices that deliver the best Google experience today I’d have to agree. A phone that doesn’t use Google search is hardly delivering the “best Google experience.” But still, it feels odd not to be listed, especially when Google’s Schmidt said the Galaxy class phones were … [Read more...] about Why The Google Phone Gallery Doesn’t List Verizon’s Best Android Phone
The wide-ranging search and advertising deal between Verizon Wireless and Microsoft reportedly cost Redmond between $550 million to $650 million in revenue guarantees over five years, according to prior reports in the Wall Street Journal. The deal specifically exempts Android handsets, such as Droid, from the provision that Bing become the default search engine on Verizon’s mobile devices. Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless carrier in the US with 89 million subscribers. As Verizon has begun to implement the Microsoft deal, and involuntarily installed the Bing app on many BlackBerry devices from the server side, it has raised the ire of many of those users. Here’s Verizon’s official corporate explanation of what’s going on: With BingTM integrated search capabilities, Verizon Wireless customers will now have easier access to context-relevant search results to improve the mobile experience. Depending on which device they use, customers will be able to use … [Read more...] about As Verizon Implements Bing Default Search Deal, Company Sees User Backlash
Google really wants you to buy a Motorola Droid, the hot new phone that just hit stores today. In fact, Google is so enamored that it’s advertising the Droid on its homepage: “The Droid is on sale now. Learn more.” Clicking the “learn more” link leads to this “mobile partners” page that touts the Google search capabilities available on the Droid. The two links in the upper right — the “Get” button and the “Learn more” text link below it — point to verizonwireless.com and droiddoes.com, respectively. It’s hard to make the case that this isn’t an ad on Google’s home page, and SEO folks will surely notice that neither off-site link uses the nofollow tag. In other words, some can argue that Verizon is effectively buying a link from Google, which Google fights against. (Postscript: The link from the home page redirects to a virtual page that is blocked by Google’s robots.txt file, so … [Read more...] about Google’s Home Page Promotes Motorola / Verizon Droid Phone