Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer has reportedly green lighted the launch of a new service to take on Google, Apple and others in the personal assistant/search segment. It is said that this service will be called ‘Index‘ and will take on Google Now, Apple’s Siri and even Cortana from Microsoft. Read more
Last year, Google introduced a new dialer with Android 4.4.3. The dialer, limited to Nexus devices and GPE devices, added the ability to find people and businesses and call them directly from the app. With Facebook and Yahoo working on their own dialer apps, it appears that Google is taking the fight to them with an updated dialer.
In an ever-developing world, the traditional password is quickly becoming outdated. It’s now considered to be inefficient and insecure. That’s why Yahoo is taking a rather different approach towards authentication.
The expansion of Fleksy Keyboard continues due to a partnership between the application and a leader in the search engine industry. Through Yahoo, users of Fleksy Keyboard are able to perform searches from any app. The feature, called Search Extension powered by Yahoo, places a search bar above the keyboard for quick access.
Earlier this week, we learned that Fleksy Keyboard would be included as one of Samsung’s Galaxy Gifts featured on the upcoming Galaxy S 6.
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Yahoo announced its own mobile developer suite that unites Flurry and Yahoo features to give developers the best of both worlds. Read more
Yahoo has added a new feature to their customized home screen launcher, Aviate. Users will now be able to make universal searches across their device and the web thanks to a new search bar on their homescreens after updating the app. This is similar to the search bar that you see on Google’s launchers, but it does, of course, use Yahoo as the search engine.
It’s a pretty minor tweak, but the extra feature definitely helps flesh out Aviate a bit.
Yahoo doesn’t just want users to read out about the weather. They want users to actually feel it (without actually feeling it). Today, the company started rolling out an update to its Yahoo Weather app that introduces animated effects. Based on the weather outside your window, the app will adapt the display with effects for rain, snow, fog, heat, lightning, and frost. Yahoo feels that this takes things to the “next level.” So while the weather outside is frightful, the fire inside is so delightful. And Yahoo Weather will make sure you know that.
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We’ve known for some time that Google has been working on a rather hefty update for its official Gmail mobile application and today, thanks to Android Police, it’s finally available to download by way of a production-signed APK.
Filters have been a crucial feature on email for a while, but usually you have to be on a desktop computer to take advantage of them. Well, those days are over, unless you’re a user of Gmail. Yahoo mail has received an update this week that includes filters. Now, when using the Android application for Yahoo mail, you can create, update, and remove filters by tapping the filter option and following the instructions. You can filter based on sender, recipient, and content. This update actually helps us all, whether or not you use Yahoo Mail. If you use Yahoo Mail, your benefit is obvious, so go ahead and update the app. If you use Gmail or another provider, maybe this update will be the impetus needed for Google to update the app and give us this much-needed improvement.
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Some of the biggest technology companies in the world are all taking a look at Android software developer Cyanogen. They are the developer of the very popular custom CyanogenMod ROM. The community for CyanogenMod has been so strong that is has been questioned whether or not it is actually in contention to be the world’s third most popular mobile operating system. It is being reported by The Information that Microsoft, Amazon, Samsung, and Yahoo have all been keeping an eye on Cyanogen with an acquisition or at least a partnership in mind.