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LG Electronics to Incorporate Google Functions in Mobile Phones

Associated Press

LG Electronics said Wednesday it has reached an agreement with Google to offer the leading online search engine's products on its mobile phones.

"LG's mobile devices, combined with Google , will provide consumers with easy access to their favorite Internet services even without a PC and make it easy for them to stay connected while in motion," Paul Bae, vice president of product planning at LG Electronics Mobile Communications said in a statement.

LG said it plans to start shipping globally select handsets with Google products and services including Google Maps, Blogger Mobile and Gmail during the second quarter of this year.

LG, the world's fifth-largest mobile phone maker, also said it plans to offer 10 new handsets this year installed with the Google functions.

Users will have "one click access" to Google search via icon in the application menu on the phones, LG said.

"Were pleased to work with LG to make it easier than ever for mobile internet users to have powerful applications and personalized information at their fingertips," Deep Nishar, Google's director of product management, said in the release.

LG rival Samsung Electronics earlier this year announced a similar arrangement with Mountain View, California-based Google.