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Will Yahoo hijack Google's Android?

Marco Boerries, executive vice president of Yahoo's Connected Life division, made some pretty interesting comments yesterday saying that if Google's Android (opens in new tab) is open source and free to use, Yahoo (and others) could use it as their own and possibly customise it.

The remark came as Yahoo intends to concentrate on getting more deals with network operators while Google continues building its mobile platform.

Reuters has said that the deals could put Yahoo well ahead of Google and allow the firm to deliver billions of ads on mobile before Google's Android comes to life.

Android Google Phones are scheduled to appear by H2 2008 and with 33 partners already, Google is expectinig a slew of different handsets to come to the market.

Yahoo's deals include a package of service like search, e-mail and mapping from major phone makers including Nokia, Motorola, Samsung Electronics, LG Electroncis etc... Many of which are already Google partners.

The original web portal has also been busy inking deals with the likes of Vodafone and Telefonica to provide ads and web services to more than 100 million users across Europe and Latin America.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.