OmniSky Selects Google’s Award-Winning Search Engine as Premier Search Technology for its Wireless Customers
MOUNTAIN VIEW and PALO ALTO, Calif. – May 3, 2000 – Google Inc., one of the fastest growing search engines on the web, and OmniSky, the provider of a complete wireless Internet service, entirely wireless on handheld devices such as the Palm V, today announced an agreement that enables OmniSky users to search the Internet with Google’s fast and highly relevant search engine technology.
Launched today, OmniSky’s complete wireless Internet service includes user interface software that makes it easy to access a vast amount of web content and provides a fast, streamlined way to send and receive email with a wirelessly enabled Palm V. Mobile Insights, a leading information source for the mobile computing and data communications markets, recently selected the OmniSky complete wireless service as the best Software/Service for Wireless Data for 1999.
Google’s easy to use search technology enables OmniSky subscribers to search wirelessly for web pages on the Internet. Google automatically breaks up the search results into several smaller pages, which are connected by "more" buttons, to offer the user increased performance and to conserve bandwidth. OmniSky and the Google search engine are planned for availability on additional wireless platforms, including other Palm organizers, Windows CE devices, pagers and WAP-enabled mobile phones.
"Google’s no-nonsense approach to search is a natural fit for the OmniSky wireless Internet service. We selected Google’s search engine because of its simple and clean interface, highly relevant search results, and ease-of-integration," said Barak Berkowitz, president of OmniSky. "OmniSky users expect easy-to-use, relevant utilities and resources that help them quickly access the information they require while on the go. Google helps us deliver on that promise."
"OmniSky offers users the ability to access the vast amount of Internet-based information easily and affordably while away from their desktop PCs," said Larry Page, Google CEO and co-founder. "This announcement strongly supports Google’s corporate objective of being the leading search engine for Internet users who connect to the web using desktop PCs and wireless devices, such as smart phones and handheld computers."
Benefits of Google Search Technology
Designed for Internet users worldwide, Google’s search engine offers web surfers simple, fast, and highly relevant search results for every web-connected computer, including the emerging class of wireless devices such as Palm handhelds, pagers, and Internet-ready mobile phones. The key benefits of Google’s search engine include its ease of use and clean interface, and highly relevant results. Google is based on a variety of innovative technologies including sophisticated text matching and its advanced, patent-pending technology called PageRank™, which ensures that the most important results always come up first. This scalable approach to search enables Google to get better as the Internet gets bigger.
About OmniSky Corporation
OmniSky Corporation gives consumers the complete Internet, entirely wireless by enabling subscribers to remotely access the Internet, send e-mail, and conduct mobile e-commerce over handheld mobile devices. OmniSky’s initial offering is a nationwide email and Internet service for Palm V and Vx users that gives users the entirety of the Web and a special portal page featuring optimized content sites.
AT&T; Wireless is the premier network provider for the OmniSky service, using its CDPD wireless network, which covers more than 3,000 cities across the United States. Because the CDPD wireless network is packet-based, AT&T; Wireless and OmniSky can offer their customers cost-effective, all-you-can-use service for a flat monthly fee.
OmniSky also plans to provide Internet, intranet and other personal data-access services for mobile users with a variety of existing and future IP-enabled wireless devices, including other Palm organizers, Windows CE devices, pagers and WAP (wireless application protocol)-enabled telephones. OmniSky will work worldwide to provide services to consumers and corporations over networks based on a wide range of protocols. OmniSky is based in Palo Alto, California and is privately funded by Aether Systems, 3Com, the Sprout Group, which is the venture capital arm of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. The company’s Web site is www.omnisky.com.
About Google Inc.
Google Inc. exists to provide the best Internet search experience, and accomplishes this for millions of users daily by delivering a powerful, fast, and easy-to-use search service for finding the most relevant information. Google has received numerous industry awards for its technological innovations, including "Best Search Engine on the Internet" from Yahoo! Internet Life. Google recently was ranked No. 1 in user satisfaction and loyalty in a leading independent research firm’s Search & Portal Site Tracking Study, with 97 percent of users surveyed indicating they would recommend Google to a friend. A growing number of companies, including Netscape and The Washington Post, rely on Google to power search on their websites. A privately held company based in Mountain View, Calif., Google’s investors include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Sequoia Capital. For the information you need, visit www.google.com.
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