3 UK has announced is to offer Google Search and Google Maps on the Planet 3 mobile portal.

Under the agreement with Google, Google becomes an X-series partner and the search service will be integrated into the Planet 3 Internet offering.

The deal sees Google join Yahoo as a search provider on Planet 3, something that 3 claims gives their users an unprecedented choice of integrated brand-name search providers.

When a user selects Google as their search provider, their preference is recorded and the next time they use the Planet 3 Internet service they will automatically be directed to Google search.

Google Maps will also be offered - as a download via the 3 portal.

The Google Maps application will be available to compatible handsets as a download accessible through the Planet 3 Services grid, as well as being pre-installed on a majority of new handsets that are able to run the application.