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Webaroo launches offline search engine in India; ties up with Acer and Wikipedia

Webaroo launches offline search engine in India; ties up with Acer and Wikipedia

Author | exchange4media Mumbai Bureau | Thursday, Apr 20,2006 7:45 AM

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Webaroo launches offline search engine in India; ties up with Acer and Wikipedia

Marking a significant step forward in improving the mobile web experience, Webaroo has launched a new software service that enables consumers to instantly search web pages and view websites anytime, anywhere, without an Internet connection, on their handhelds and laptop computers.

This is possible through Webaroo, whose servers browse the Internet and analyse web pages, selecting pages with high quality, broad coverage, and small size. Consumers can either download Webaroo and selected content on to their laptop and mobile devices (PDA/smart phone) for free, or purchase a device with Webaroo bundled on it.

Available at www.webaroo.com Webaroo is search unplugged. The Webaroo software and service provides a fast, free and ubiquitous web search experience on mobile devices with no connection at all. Webaroo features ‘web packs’ on a variety of subjects, such as news, sports and major global cities, including New York, London and Mumbai – each of which contains thousands of relevant web pages identified by Webaroo’s innovative algorithms. In one simple step, users can also select and download their favourite websites to save and search at their leisure.

Rakesh Mathur, CEO and founder, Webaroo, said, “The time is ripe for India to be a developer of global consumer brands, not just an outsourcing centre.”

Beerud Sheth, CTO and founder, Webaroo, said, “We’re thrilled to be located within the IIT incubator. We’ve been able to build a world-class team in an incredibly short time.”

In recognition of the appeal of taking the web offline, Acer plans to bundle the Webaroo software on its laptop PCs worldwide.

Campbell Kan, Head of Mobile Computing Business Unit, Acer Inc, said, “Acer believes that the new, powerful ability to search the web offline will bring tremendous advantages for consumers and business people. Acer is committed to being first-to-market with innovative products that are easy-to-use, dependable and empowering-enabling our users to be more productive. We plan on incorporating Webaroo’s software into Acer’s mobile PCs. We look forward to creating mutual success for Acer and Webaroo and even greater satisfaction for our customers.”

Webaroo also announced that they would soon offer a WikipediaR Web Pack, giving consumers the ability to search the largest online reference collection when they are offline.

In the future, Webaroo will offer advertisers the ability to reach prospects and customers on their laptops and mobile devices when they are not connected.

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