Today, we are excited to announce new updates to the Yahoo app and homepage in the U.S. Now you can find, consume and engage around the news, content and video you care about all in one place, front and center. Weâ€™ve made it easier to discover and create conversations with a community around engaging content and follow the latest developing stories in a nearly infinite news stream.
The underlying idea is to make one’s visits to Yahoo’s beachheads more consistent across the board.
The updated app is available for free on Google Play.
The ability to customize is one of Android’s biggest virtues.and third-party launchers are a big part of the experience. Thing is, there are a lot of launchers on the scene; as such, new options by the Yahoo acquisition Aviate have to do quite a bit to stand out.
Upon starting the app, one gets the “Simplify your phone” mantra, an invitation that is hard to ignore. There is a video intro and tapping on the blue “start” button opens up a three-page promo portion which eventually leads to the set-up, and after selecting Aviate as the permanent launcher, its ready to go.
The main page is a simple screen, made up mostly of wallpaper, top area and a bottom dock with five app icons; the apps represented thus can be manipulated by tapping and holding, and widgets can be added to this screen via the standard Android long-press method. There are other “home” screens as well. At the top right is an icon that loads the app drawer.
To the left of the first screen, there is an interesting data screen that highlights basics like weather, calendar events and news; as with the first, widgets can be added to this sliding screen. To the right of the first screen, there is a page with categorized apps.
Then, there are slide-outs to the far right and far left; the left side has “spaces,” which is the functional heart of the app. Spaces are simply a descriptive term for these unique screens that offer smart information based on location and action. This specific slide enables easy access to the spaces, as well as app settings. to the right, is an alphabetized listing of apps.
Everything works together well, and it is seamless within Android OS. There are some clunky aspects (the method of changing icons on the middle/main screen bottom dock comes to mind); the way it incorporates widgets in the framework does overcome a lot of ills.
For a free, well-backed option, Aviate is tough to ignore, if even just for the option of the occasional switch-up.
Yahoo Email for Android now gives users the ability to manipulate filters directly from within the application. Now, one may create, update and edit filters on the fly via the app.
This enviable feature removes another barrier to completely mobilizing ones email habits; one does not have to get on the desktop to tweak filter settings.
Altogether, per the app page, the recent update adds:
– Enhanced links: Links are enhanced to be nice cards when you share a link while composing an email
– Updated settings: We’ve simplified settings to make it easier to customize your mailbox
– Filters: Create, update and delete email filters to help organize your mailbox
– Certified Yahoo badge: Email from Yahoo get a special icon so you know it’s from us
Yahoo Email is available for free on the Play Store.
Tech Crunch reports that the Flickr app for Android has been updated, catching it up to the iOS version. This comes alongside a major revamp to the service itself that shows off a new look and feel to the user interface. Flickr also offers a terabyte of free space for every user, which comes out to over 500,000+ photos.
Yahoo! Mail has made its way to Android Tablets, offering easy access to the user’s inbox. They can quickly scan messages with continuous scroll, select multiple messages to organize their inbox and attach or take new photos while composing a message.
“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” – Arthur C. Clarke
Yahoo’s new social TV service IntoNow has made its way to Android. The service allows people to share and check in to their currently-watched TV shows with friends. However, this is something that other services offer, such as GetGlue. What makes IntoNow different? IntoNow can detect the current show being watched based simply on a short audio sample of the currently-airing show.
The way it detects the airing TV show is both familiar and innovative. It works similarly to apps like Shazam and SoundHound, in that it detects the currently airing program based on recording and analyzing audio the user submits. Now, with music recognition apps, they have a library of prerecorded tracks to cull data from; IntoNow recognizes and analyzes audio recorded from currently airing TV. It then reports back what is currently airing. This works for not just reruns, but for premieres of new shows, and even live TV airing, like news programs and sports recap shows. It is impressive to say the least, and it works just as advertised. For live shows, the results may be spotty; when recording a highlight airing on MLB Network, IntoNow reported I was watching ESPN, but this is a minor issue, and it is possible that the same highlight was airing on that other channel simultaneously.
Once a show is recognized, then the user is checked in to the show, and can see what other IntoNow users are watching the show. As well, they can share what they are watching to their Twitter and Facebook feeds. It is possible to see the entire feed of IntoNow users to see what they are watching, along with friends on IntoNow, including friends found on Twitter and Facebook. The IntoNow app from Yahoo is available for free from the Android Market. The app can be tested without creating an account, and Facebook can be used for authentication. Tablet users should note that the app crashes when trying to login with Facebook.