Nokia and Yahoo Will Share Services
In a join press conference, Yahoo and Nokia today detailed their partnership in the mobile space. Yahoo will provide email, messenger and other services for Nokia's mobile devices. Likewise, Nokia, with its Navteq mapping division, will help augment Yahoo's stagnant Maps service. The new messaging services will be branded "powered by Yahoo." The deal does not prohibit Yahoo from providing services to other platforms, and Yahoo will still be providing search, mail and other services to numerous phone platforms. But Nokia will be the exclusive provider of Nokia's Maps, which will now be "powered by Ovi," and Yahoo will be the exclusive provider for Nokia's chat and mail. The companies will also work to integrate their customer ID and login system. Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo says that he hopes the deal will help Nokia grow its share of the U.S. market, and notes the company's unusual position of being an overall global market leader without being a leader in the world's largest economic market, the U.S. The combined services will not try to compete with Google / AdMob or Apple's new iAd mobile advertising platforms, instead simply focusing on the services provided.
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 Mail Now Supports Multiple Accounts
Yahoo today rolled out a new version of its Mail application for the iPhone and added the ability to use multiple email accounts. The app now supports Yahoo, Outlook, and AOL email services and can be used to manage a handful of accounts from a single inbox.
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.