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 Adds Search Tools to Aviate Android Launcher
Yahoo today updated its Aviate launcher for Android devices and made it easier to perform searches. According to Yahoo, Aviate users can now search through apps, people, and the web directly from the home screen without requiring them to open a new window first.
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 Adds Package Tracking to iOS Mail App
Yahoo today announced an update to its Mail App for iOS devices an added the ability to automatically track packages. According to Yahoo, users will see their shipments from Amazon, eBay, Zappos, Target, Best Buy, Macys.com, and others under the "Yahoo Today" section of the app, which will display shipping date, item description, and expected arrival.
Samsung, Nokia Field Their Own Android Launchers
Samsung and Nokia have both recently made available launchers for Android devices that serve as alternatives to their normal approach for home screen behavior. Terrain (pictured) comes from a Samsung-sponsored developer and is free to download from the Google Play Store.