|Yahoo! announced they are acquiring Summly, a mobile product company founded with a vision to simplify the way people get information, making it faster, easier and more concise.|
At the age of 15, Nick D’Aloisio created the Summly app at his home in London. It started with an insight -- that we live in a world of constant information and need new ways to simplify how we find the stories that are important to us, at a glance. Mobile devices are shifting our daily routines, and users have changed not only what, but how much information they consume. Yet most articles and web pages were formatted for browsing with mouse clicks. The ability to skim them on a phone or a tablet can be a real challenge -- we want easier ways to identify what’s important to us.
Summly solves this by delivering snapshots of stories, giving you a simple and elegant way to find the news you want, faster than ever before. For publishers, the Summly technology provides a new approach to drive interest in stories and reach a generation of mobile users that want information on the go.
Nick and the Summly team are joining Yahoo! in the coming weeks. While the Summly app will close, you will see the technology come to life throughout Yahoo!’s mobile experiences soon. So stay tuned!
Mobile devices are at the center of how we engage with the people, experiences and interests we love. Across Yahoo!, we’re focused on creating beautiful experiences that people are excited to use every day -- products that inspire and delight. We can’t wait to work with Nick and the Summly team to do just that.
(** A quick note from our lawyers: The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in Q2.)
| Yahoo! announced today the decommissioning of several of their current mobile apps. Yahoo! will be sending a notification later today that the following apps will no longer be supported:|
Yahoo! plant on lauching additional mobile products in 2012, especially in areas ripe for innovation that build on Yahoo!’s strengths, such as companion experiences for TV like IntoNow, new ways to experience personalized media like Livestand, and some of our most popular and useful mobile apps like Yahoo! Mail, Messenger, Sportacular and Flickr, which are already being used by millions of people around the world. Yahoo! will be building these experiences with disruptive technology that’s going to change the mobile game well beyond Yahoo!.
- Yahoo! Meme (iPad and iPhone)
- Yahoo! Mim (iPad)
- Yahoo! Answers (Android)
- Yahoo! AppSpot (Android and iPhone)
- Yahoo! Deals (iPhone)
- Yahoo! Finance (BlackBerry)
- Yahoo! Movies (Android)
- Yahoo! News (Android)
- Yahoo! Shopping (iPhone)
- Yahoo! Sketch-a-Search (iPad and iPhone)
| Yahoo! announced the addition of a new beta product to their mobile communications suite. For those heavy texters Yahoo! introduced Hub, a fast and easy-to-use mobile messaging app that allows you to send text messages and have group conversations for free. |
Hub allows you to easily add participants to any conversation thread so it’s easy to switch from private messaging to a group conversation. Whether it is just keeping up with a close group of friends or making spontaneous plans, you no longer have to deal with scattered messages.hub
Additionally, Hub allows you to send messages to anyone without incurring any text messaging fees. There are no text messaging fees – messages are sent over WIFI or using your data connection – and Hub is device agnostic, which means you can communicate with anyone on any mobile device as long as you have their mobile phone numbers. Your friends are not required to download the app in order to reply to your messages although they are strongly encouraged to do so in order to enjoy the full feature set!
| Yahoo! Inc., the premier digital media company, today launched several new mobile, tablet, and PC experiences that empower its 700 million monthly visitors to seamlessly discover, engage, and share the media and content that's most important to them. From a new tablet app that tailors news, sports, and entertainment publications, to new ways of connecting with friends while watching TV, Yahoo! is delivering products that enable people to have more deeply personal digital experiences.|
"Hundreds of millions of people rely on Yahoo! every day, yet no two users are alike," said Blake Irving, EVP and chief product officer at Yahoo!, from a press event at the company's Sunnyvale headquarters. "Today's product launches reaffirm our commitment to personalize experiences across devices. By building these products on top of our powerful platforms with beautiful interactive design, we are getting closer to a truly 'personal Web' for every Yahoo! customer."
|Yahoo! is ready to rock and roll, with the launch of Play by Yahoo! Music, a native mobile MP3 player for Android phones launching in the U.S. today. The launch of Play by Yahoo! Music marks the first step in bringing next generation music applications to Android users, leveraging patent pending technologies to effortlessly turn your Android smartphone into a full-featured music player, including Identify over the air song ID, smart shuffle playback and fully integrated social sharing. Coupled with exclusive access to Yahoo! Music’s leading editorial content, Play by Yahoo! Music brings a one-of-a-kind listening experience to Android users.|
Identify allows you to identify the songs you hear anywhere – on the radio, in the club or around town. Using proprietary audio fingerprinting technology, Play by Yahoo! Music helps you build the ultimate library by enabling you to I.D. new music and share your discovery with friends. Play by Yahoo! Music offers single song I.D. as well as continuous mode – allowing users to identify a series of songs played in a row automatically.
|Today, Yahoo! Mobile is introducing a fun, fast way to search and discover mobile apps. Yahoo! AppSpot, a new mobile application, works like a flashlight in the darkness of more than 425,000-plus apps in the Apple App Store and 200,000 apps in Android Market.|
At Yahoo! Mobile, we understand how challenging it can be to find good apps if you don’t know the exact name of the app you want. Furthermore, searching for the right app out of the tens of thousands of possibilities requires multiple searches, downloads, and general uncertainty about the quality of app you download. Yahoo! AppSpot offers a new way to take the guesswork out of finding relevant and interesting apps for mobile users.
Some of Yahoo! AppSpot’s best features include:
| Yahoo! Inc. today announced Livestand from Yahoo!, a digital newsstand that continually offers new content to consumers, based on their interests. Launching first for tablets, Livestand from Yahoo! will enable publishers and advertisers to seamlessly distribute content across tablets and mobile phones in an experience that is elegant and personalized to the individual.|
Designed to initially power Yahoo!’s vast digital content library – which includes Sports, News, Finance, Flickr, omg!, and the Yahoo! Contributor Network – Livestand from Yahoo! leverages Yahoo!’s strengths in content and personalization and re-imagines them into a new kind of experience for the rapidly growing tablet and mobile phone categories.
|Yahoo! announced today that it's new Yahoo! Local is now available in limited beta. With rich, hyper-local content, Yahoo! Local offers a uniquely personalized experience via the mobile web on iPhone and Android, enabling you to discover the best local news, deals, and events in your neck of the woods, all in one place. Some of our top features include:|
- Local News and Information – delivering relevant hyper-local neighborhood and city content created by the community, local publishers, and Yahoo! editors as well as content from the best local blogs and newspapers
- Saving Money in Your Area – we’re integrating our recently launched Local Offers program to deliver the best locally relevant offers from nearby spas, restaurants and retailers so you save cash while you support local businesses
- Powerful Technology – our geo-informatics and content enrichment platforms identify and geo-tag every news story that appears on every page down to the neighborhood level
Yahoo! has announced that Yahoo! Mail & Messenger is now optimized for Android devices. Yahoo! is focused on building great user experiences across devices, form factors, and platforms (our mobile experiences are now optimized for 5,000 different mobile device types and counting).
In both apps, you’ll now be able to merge and synch Yahoo! Address Book contacts with your Android contact list. Below are a few more of the notable new features in each app (more on the Yahoo! Mail blog, too):
Yahoo! Messenger for Android:
- Start Video Calling – Begin your video IM conversations on your PC and continue them from your Android, iPhone, or any Internet-enabled device.
- Enhanced Photo & Video Sharing – Makes it easier to share photos & videos with friends.
- Contact Sync – You can now access your Yahoo! Contacts from your device contacts app with ease, wherever you are in the operating system.
|In continuing to develop leading mobile products and services that reach a broad audience across multiple platforms, Yahoo! Inc. today expanded the reach of its industry-leading services with the immediate availability of Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! Messenger apps for Android as well as a Yahoo! Search Widget for Android.|
Leveraging the latest HTML5 technology, Yahoo! is also debuting faster and richer Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! News sites for iPhone and iPod Touch. These new mobile products will provide the hundreds of millions of loyal consumers who rely on Yahoo! Mail, Messenger, Search, and News with seamless, integrated experiences on their mobile devices.
|Yahoo! and Nokia announced today a worldwide strategic alliance to extend the reach of their industry leading online services and offer people rich experiences that keep them connected to their world and the world around them.|
Building on more than five years of collaboration, Nokia and Yahoo! will leverage each others’ strengths in e-mail, instant messaging and maps and navigation services, to provide consumers with access to world-class experiences on both PC and mobile devices.
|Yahoo! today announced a strategic global partnership with Samsung to distribute Yahoo!’s industry-leading services on millions of Samsung mobile devices – including those running Samsung bada and Android platforms. Through this partnership Samsung will distribute Yahoo! services, including Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo! Messenger, Yahoo! Front Page, Yahoo! Search, Yahoo! Flickr, Yahoo! News, Yahoo! Finance, Yahoo! Contacts, Yahoo! Calendar, and Yahoo! Weather on Samsung’s mobile devices globally, currently planned to begin in May 2010.|
Samsung and Yahoo! have partnered since 2007 to provide consumers with innovative and engaging Internet experiences on mobile devices. The expansion of this relationship will give millions more Samsung device owners easy access to Yahoo!'s leading services.
Today at CTIA Wireless 2010, Yahoo! Inc. launched two new innovative applications for Apple iPhone and iPod touch, Yahoo! Sketch-a-Search and Yahoo! Search, providing consumers with fun, entertaining, and engaging search experiences that deliver powerful information in a fast, locally aware, and elegant manner. Both apps are available beginning today from the iTunes Store at http://itunes.com/apps/yahoosearch and http://itunes.com/apps/yahoosketchasearch.
Yahoo! revolutionized mobile search in 2007 with the launch of Yahoo! oneSearch, which delivered answers, not just Web links. This consumer experience signified a tipping point in the industry as Yahoo! fundamentally changed the way consumers used search on their mobile phones.
The industry took note -- Yahoo! has partnered with more than 80 leading carriers and original equipment manufacturers around the world to deliver an industry-leading mobile search experience to millions of users, and competitors subsequently modified their products to remain competitive.
| Yahoo! today released Yahoo! Mobile en Español, a Spanish-language mobile homepage that is customized for the specific needs of the U.S. Hispanic consumer, delivering a highly engaging mobile Internet experience and setting a new industry standard.|
Available across more than 1,900 mobile device models, Yahoo! Mobile en Español (visit http://espanol.yahoo.com from a mobile device) simplifies and enhances the mobile Internet experience for Hispanic consumers. Users can bring together their favorite content and services from across the Internet to create a personally relevant mobile experience, keeping the things they care about at their fingertips, and enhancing their ability to:
|Yahoo! today announced the availability of Yahoo! Mobile, an open and highly-personalized mobile starting point to the Internet, on both the mobile Web and as an Apple iPhone app, allowing consumers to discover, stay connected and stay informed through their mobile devices. Additionally, the company will preview the soon-to-be-launched Yahoo! Messenger app for the iPhone, which will provide iPhone users in the United States with the No. 1 Messenger service in the country.|
Announced at Mobile World Congress in February, Yahoo! Mobile for the Web is now available across more than 300 devices with HTML-enabled mobile browsers by visiting http://new.m.yahoo.com, while the Yahoo! Mobile iPhone app is now available in the Apple iPhone App Store. Both are currently available in eight countries across Europe, Asia and the Americas, including the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Germany, France, India, Indonesia and the Philippines, with additional localized versions expected to launch over the next several months.
|Yahoo! today announced the upcoming launch of its new Yahoo! Mobile service - a highly-personalized mobile starting point to the Internet. Yahoo! Mobile will be available on the mobile Web, as an app developed for the Apple iPhone, and as an app developed for smartphones from Nokia, RIM, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and Motorola as well as those powered by Windows Mobile. Yahoo! Mobile initially will be available today through a managed beta program, with general availability expected in Q2 2009. |
With a rich design and interactivity that leverages the capabilities of today's mobile devices, Yahoo! Mobile will offer an open environment within which consumers can bring together their favorite content and services from across the Internet. Consumers will be able to:
| T-Mobile USA, Inc. and Yahoo! Inc. announced that, beginning today, Yahoo! oneSearch powers mobile Internet searches made through T-Mobile’s new web2goSM service. Web2go provides a better Web browsing experience on your mobile phone by making it easier to view and navigate the Web through a customizable home page, a simplified shopping and download experience, and Yahoo!’s award-winning mobile search experience.|
Yahoo! oneSearch provides customers who search through T-Mobile’s web2go with access to what they are looking for - from news, financial information, weather conditions, Flickr photos and Web images, to Web and mobile web sites. Yahoo! oneSearch will also display relevant ringtones, wallpaper, games and other content available in the T-Mobile Store® within search results.
AT&T Inc. and Yahoo! Inc. announced that beginning today Yahoo! oneSearch powers mobile Internet searches made through AT&T's on-deck MEdia Net portal. AT&T is the first U.S. carrier to integrate Yahoo!'s innovative mobile search service directly into their portal. This announcement builds on the expanded strategic alliance the companies announced earlier this year.
Yahoo! oneSearch will provide customers who search AT&T MEdia Net with access to news, financial information, weather conditions, Flickr photos and Web images, as well as Web and mobile web sites.
Yahoo! oneSearch will also display relevant ringtones, wallpaper, games and other content available in the AT&T MEdia Mall within search results, eliminating the need for customers to search within a separate window for downloadable content.
|Yahoo! has announced several new mobile initiatives for the Asia Pacific region, including five new Yahoo! oneSearch partnerships with leading mobile operators including Mahanagar Telephon Nigam Limited (India), Hong Kong CSL Limited, Smart Communications Inc. (Philippines), Digital Mobile Phlis, Inc. (Philippines) and Vibo Telecom Inc. (Taiwan), as well as strategic mobile advertising partnerships with Idea Cellular Ltd. (India) and Maxis Communications Bhd (Malaysia). |
Additionally, Yahoo! announced localized versions of Yahoo! Go 3.0 for India, Australia and Southeast Asia, including a local language version for Indonesia, and an English version of Yahoo! oneSearch with voice that recognizes regional accents.
The company also announced the launch of new mobile widgets for the Asia Pacific region including Yahoo! Cricket, Yahoo! Answers and Showtimes (Yahoo! India Movies), as well as a MTV Asia mobile widget featuring news updates and music charts.