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LG Handsets Get YouTube Services

LG Electronics has penned an agreement with popular video uploading Web site, YouTube, enabling its handset users direct access to YouTube services.

As such, owners of LG handsets will now be able to view videos and easily upload them directly onto YouTube.com.

The YouTube-enabled LG handsets will be available worldwide beginning end 2007, the companies said.

LG also announced that it would apply a new user interface (UI) to its upcoming YouTube-enabled handsets.

Dr Skott Ahn, president and chief executive officer of LG Electronics, said, “This new service will connect people like never before. For the first time, LG customers will be able to film, upload, and view videos on YouTube using their mobile phone, just as they would be able to from their home computer.”

Adding to it, Steve Chen, co-founder and chief technology officer for YouTube, said, “People want to be able to capture interesting moments with their cell phones wherever they are, and whenever they want. We’re excited to be partnering with LG to give people the opportunity to enjoy YouTube for watching and sharing those moments.”

Meanwhile, LG already has a non-exclusive agreement with Google, YouTube’s parent company, to pre-install Google services on its handsets.

As part of this deal, recently, LG launched (first in Italy) its LG-KS10 that features Google search, Gmail for mobile, and Google Maps for mobile.

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