Yahoo Buys Aviate, Intros News App for iPhone
Yahoo today made a number of announcements at the Consumer Electronics Show. First, the company revealed that it has purchased Aviate, which makes a launcher for Android devices. Aviate is a learning launcher that uses contextual clues to customize the content that appears on the home screen throughout the day. Yahoo said it plans to use Aviate's user interface ideas in its own Android products later this year. Second, the company announced Yahoo News Digest, an application for the Apple iPhone that delivers news in small chunks twice per day. The app lets users customize the news items they want to receive, and delivers them to the phone automatically. The app is free to download and use, and is available starting today from the iTunes App Store. Yahoo also announced that it is adding a new Yahoo Tech section to its online news reporting, and it launched a new advertising platform for its mobile products.
Yahoo's Aviate Launcher Gains 'Google Now' Feature
Yahoo updated its Aviate Android launcher with a new feature called Smart Stream. As described by Yahoo, Smart Stream "assembles relevant information" and adjusts it throughout the day based on where the user is and what they're doing.
Yahoo Revamps Mobile Apps and Home Page
Yahoo today unveiled a redesigned home page on the web and new, corresponding apps for Android and iOS devices. Yahoo said the new design should make news and other content easier to find, read, and share.
Yahoo Adds Gmail Support to Yahoo Mail
Yahoo Mail today gained the ability to manage Gmail and Google Apps accounts. Yahoo relaunched the app in October and made it compatible with AOL, Hotmail, and Outlook.
Yahoo Improves Search In Mobile Browsers
Yahoo today said it has refreshed how it displays mobile search results in a way that will help people find what they're looking for quicker. Yahoo explains that rather than offer lists of links, the new search presents results — including images, videos, news, and other details — prominently in a way that's more useful.
Yahoo Mail for iOS Adds Themes, Support for 3D Touch
Yahoo today rolled out an update to its iOS email application and added several new features. To start, users can now select from a number of different colored themes and can go so far as to set a different theme for each managed account (Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail email addresses) to make them easier to separate.