Google has launched a service that will allow people to access Google News and gmail via their mobile phones.

Already available in the US, the service, which is being launched across the UK, France, Germany and Spain allows users to access the new services via a mobile phone browser.

Users can access Google News, which provides stories on Business, Science/Tech, Sports, Health, and Entertainment from their mobile browser by clicking the link from the search engine's home page.

The mobile version provides news categories in the same way the online version does.

Google has said that the resulting pages will only be from sources whose content has been designed specifically for viewing on a mobile phone.

To access email, users can visit gmail.com through the web browser on their mobile and sign in to their gmail account as they would on the web.

Users without an account or personalised Google homepage on their PC will need to create one before using the service on their mobiles the company said.