Yahoo Debuts Aviate App for Android Phones
Yahoo-owned Aviate graduated from beta today and is now available to most Android smartphones. Aviate is a learning launcher and adjusts the home screen content throughout the day depending on user preferences and needs. For example, Aviate will prioritize weather data if the forecast will differ significantly from day-to-day, or if there's suddenly a strong chance of precipitation. Aviate is able to do things such as automatically connect conference calls without requiring the user to punch in codes, can estimate commute times, and even call an Uber. The app has been available in a limited beta for several months, and today's full release adds two new features. Aviate can now track users' sleep as well as automatically generate a list of favorite contacts based on those the owner reaches out to most often. Aviate is free to download and requires Android 2.3 and up.
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.
Google Jazzes Up Weather Search Results
Checking the weather forecast via Google Search just received a big upgrade. On Android devices, searches in the Google app for "weather" will include far more information than before in a more appealing design.
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.
Latest Pebble System Update Improves Health and Weather
Pebble has tweaked the performance of its health app and introduced a brand new weather app in a system update for Pebble smartwatches. Pebble OS version 3.13 takes steps to improve the accuracy of Pebble Health, which now accounts for movements during sleep and prevents them from being logged as steps.