In a further push into the mobile space, Google has optimised Google News for mobile phone users.

When users of internet-enabled phones visit Google.com, they'll now see a news link that points to a page listing headlines. Users can search for stories from a variety of sources and browse based on subject. Only stories that are displayed on pages that have been optimised for mobile users are included, Google said yesterday.

A line at the bottom of the page tells users when the information was last updated. Mobile users will pay to view Google News only via the fees they typically pay to access the internet.

The mobile news services is currently available to US users.

Mobile users have other options beside Google for accessing news. Many operators include headlines within their mobile portals.

Other Google services for mobile users include Gmail Mobile, Local for mobile, which includes maps and driving directions, and a home-page personalisation capability.

In addition, operators and phone makers including T-Mobile, Sony Ericsson and Motorola have announced partnerships with Google that typically involve placing a Google search bar in a prominent position on mobile phones.