Yahoo Pits its New Yahoo Mobile Against Google
Today Yahoo introduced a new mobile product called Yahoo Mobile. Yahoo Mobile will be both a web site and an application for the iPhone, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry OS, Symbian S60 and Series 40, and some phones running that can run Java applications. It will also be available via the web to Webkit enabled phones, such as the HTC G1 and Magic. Yahoo Mobile ties together many of Yahoo's services, including oneSearch, oneConnect, onePlace, email, contacts and calendar in one portal. More advanced phones will receive additional capabilities, including oneSearch with Voice, Opera Mini 4.2 and the use of widgets. Yahoo Mobile will be available in a managed beta starting today and will see a general release in the second quarter.
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 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 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.
Yahoo's Contact Cards Gain LinkedIn and Twitter
Yahoo today made it possible for Yahoo Mail users to add LinkedIn and Twitter profile details to their contact cards. Yahoo says contact cards can now show up-to-date work contact information and photos from LinkedIn, as well as recent Tweets from contacts who are active on Twitter.
Yahoo to Sunset Yet More Products, Intro IMAP Email
Yahoo today indicated the company is taking steps to further reduce the number of products and services it offers. Most of the cutbacks announced by Yahoo today affect localized web sites in South America, Europe, Africa, and the Asia-Pacific region.