Yahoo Releases Tablets, Smartphones Apps

The company recently fired its CEO Carol Bartz and still struggling to get back on track to stand firm against other tech titans. Yahoo has recently introduced a handful of apps for tablets and smartphones. This is a good attempt from a struggling company to revaluate its future. The apps launched are for iPad, Android and other mobile devices.

The products were announced at company’s Product Runway Event at its headquarters in Sunnyvale, California. The most remarkable product among others was Yahoo Livestand for iPad, which is a social newsstand app that directly rivals with Flipboard.

Yahoo also launched IntoNow for iPad. Yahoo acquired this service earlier this year. The service enables users to have a look at couple seconds of a TV show and find out what show is going on. Yahoo has brought all these features to tablets. You also receive related tweets, hashtags and other related content. Yahoo designed this app as an ultimate companion to TV.

The next app Yahoo released is Yahoo Weather for Android. Yahoo has made this app available in 35 languages. With the help of this app, you can get the weather updates anywhere in the world through The Weather Channel. However, users can also check weather in specific location through a variety of Flickr images.

The fourth app that Yahoo announced at the event is a new HTML5 version of Yahoo Mail for the iPad. The new app offers its users a smooth, easy and simple interface so that they can easily access, draft, send and manage emails. The noticeable feature of it is the tile dashboard that enables users to access top stories, weather forecasts, Flickr images and Yahoo videos.

The web company’s commitment to mobile market is pretty obvious and quite unsurprising as it is a part of Yahoo’s strategy “to be where the customer goes.” Blake Irving, Yahoo Chief Product Officer believes that the under current scenario mobile is the only answer to reach massive users.

Blake Irving said that “We believe innovation in this space is happening on mobile first.”

According to COO of Yahoo, majority of the people in developing world don’t use Internet through PCs, but access through mobile handsets instead. He said that there are very few companies and minds who have devised ways to generate revenue from mobile market hence, “It becomes important to execute on mobile devices and tablets and do some experiments.”

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