Internet service provider Yahoo is teaming up with mobile-makers Nokia to bring some tightly integrated apps to their users. Maps, email and instant messaging will be some of the services to benefit from the partnership.
Nokia will provide maps and navigation for Yahoo while Yahoo will power the email and instant messaging services on Nokia phones.
All services will be branded to emphasise the connection.
The connected services are expected to start launching in the second half of this year in selected markets, before going global in 2011
Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz said that Yahoo sees the deal as particularly important for giving Yahoo a foothold in emerging markets where he says they are “seeding the next generation of Yahoo! users”. From that point of view, Nokia remains a dominant handset presence.
See more on Nokia’s Conversations blog.