NTT DoCoMo Inc. plans to ally with an online search engine this year to keep pace with expected handset functions by rivals KDDI Corp. and Softbank Corp. “Mobile phones are becoming much closer to personal computers,” said Chief Executive Masao Nakamura during an interview in Tokyo. “We definitely need a search engine.” He declined to name the search engine the company may ally with. Original Source
It goes without saying that since KDDI just announced their tie-up with Google and with SoftBank owning Yahoo! there is really only a couple choices left. The betting has already started on whether it will be Ask or Excite.. this will be very interesting!