Yandex, the Russian search engine and advertising giant, has become the default search engine on Windows Phone-based handsets in Russia. Teaming up with, Nokia, Samsung, HTC and Microsoft, the Russian search giant will provide its search services on the latest Windows Phone smartphone models on the country’s mobile market.
Announcing, the partnership, Yandex in a press release said that the Yandex’s search engine is now “installed on Samsung Omnia W as well as on Nokia’s Windows Phone-powered Lumia 800 and Lumia 710.”
The Samsung Omnia W is already available for purchase in Russia. Nokia’s smartphones will hit the stores in December.
Also, following the launch of Windows Phone-based Titan, Mozart and Radar smartphones last autumn, HTC is planning an update release with Yandex as the default search engine on its handsets.
The Russian search company points out it has already developed some apps for Windows Phone, including mapping service Yandex.Maps and online marketplace Yandex.Market, and that it will build more applications for the platform and other mobile operating systems in the future.
“Launching Windows Phone in Russia, our goal was to provide our customers in this country with the latest version of a mobile operating system integrated with the most popular local web services and social networks. Now we are pleased to announce that the services of our strategic partner Yandex will appear on a wide range of smartphones supporting Windows Phone,” says Anna Kulashova, Director of Mobile Carriers and Service Providers Development at Microsoft.