Omnifone signs music deal for Google's Android

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Omnifone, the digital music service provider, is to make its MusicStation offering available to all mobile handsets which carry Google Inc’s Android operating platform, it said on Monday.

Omnifone, which already provides its service to the likes of British pay TV company BSkyB and Vodafone, said it would debut its service on the Google Nexus One and HTC handsets at the Mobile World Congress industry event in Barcelona.

MusicStation for Android will offer all users on the Android platform immediate access to a catalog of over 6.5 million tracks, with additional features such as search and discovery systems, social networking aspects and news updates.

“Omnifone is delighted to be able to deliver the richest and most sophisticated music capability on mobile, and one that will work effortlessly on any manufacturer’s Android device,” Omnifone Chief Executive Rob Lewis said.

Mobile operators and handset makers have all started to offer music services in a bid to increase customer loyalty and grow revenues.

Reporting by Kate Holton; Editing by Richard Chang