Early on, Yahoo Aviate eschewed customization for its personal brand of contextual intelligence. The conceit was, after all, that the third-party launcher was smart enough to highlight whatever apps you could possibly need at a given time or location. But Yahoo, perhaps coming to realize that no algorithm is perfect, while also searching for ways to increase mobile traffic on its web properties, introduced Search on Aviate today. (more…)
When Google pushes out Gmail 5.0, an update that will for sure include a full Material Design makeover, another accompanying feature may end up being the star of the show for many. How would you like to access your third party email accounts through the Gmail app? According to the Gmail 5.0 app that we just poked around inside, the app is going to support Yahoo, Outlook and “more” email services very soon. (more…)
Aviate is alive and well, in case you were wondering. The third party launcher that was acquired by Yahoo at the beginning of the year, became open to all while receiving a new name and major update today, to show the world that Yahoo plans to keep the app around for the foreseeable future.
For those new to Aviate – which is officially called Yahoo Aviate going forward – this is indeed a third party launcher, but it’s different than most in that it tries to provide you with smart setups to simplify your life. It automatically and “intelligently” organizes your phone by trying to give you the information you need when you need it most. It puts together apps by type, recommends other apps you might like, shows things like dinner tips when you are out, brings up music apps if you plug in headphones, and has all of your work stuff available when you arrive at the office. (more…)
Ever feel overwhelmed by the day’s endless flood of news? A number of services attempt to rank and aggregate the news by importance, but Yahoo thinks it can do them one better. Yahoo News Digest, previously exclusive to iOS, is launching today on Google Play for Android devices.
The app separates news by four locales: United States, United Kingdom, Canada, or International. It has a built-in article browser, but is really designed to operate unobtrusively in the background. Every morning at 8 a.m. and evening at 6 p.m., it’ll deliver a summary of the top news, replete with “atoms” – related articles, maps, Wikipedia entries, etc. – that are intended to help you digest the news. (more…)
In need of one more app to stream all of your favorite content with? Well, Yahoo just released the Yahoo Screen app for Android, which has been available on iOS devices since last September. It may be just a tad late, but from the quality of content we are seeing (for free, mind you), it seems worth it. (more…)