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 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 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 to Cut Mail Support for Older iPhones
Yahoo today said it plans more cuts to its product lineup in the interest of focusing on core businesses. To start, Yahoo will no longer support Yahoo Mail in the built-in iOS mail app for devices running iOS 4 and older.
Yahoo and Microsoft Change Up Search Partnership
Yahoo and Microsoft today have altered the terms of their search partnership moving forward. According to Yahoo, the agreement gives it more flexibility when it comes to its search business on desktop and mobile platforms, though Yahoo will still place Bing ads in its desktop search traffic.