Yahoo! Launches Search and 'Sketch-a-Search' Apps for iPhone

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Mar 23, 2010.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Yahoo! today announced the release of two new applications for the iPhone and iPod touch, offering new tools to assist users with searches while on the go.

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    Yahoo! Search

    The first application, Yahoo! Search, is a standard search application offering voice search, local results, maps, and personalized results.
    Yahoo! Search is currently available in 22 countries, with more on the way.

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    Yahoo! Sketch-a-Search

    The second application, Yahoo! Sketch-a-Search is a simple yet creative map-based application for finding local businesses. Users can simply draw a circle around a geographic area with their finger and see businesses within their specified region.
    At launch, Yahoo! Sketch-a-Search is available only in the U.S. and covers only restaurants, but additional business categories and localizations are reportedly coming soon.

    Article Link: Yahoo! Launches Search and 'Sketch-a-Search' Apps for iPhone
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2008
    I'll definitely be trying out the search app!
  3. macrumors newbie

    Jan 20, 2007
    Maybe it's just me, but it's pretty annoying that these apps are different things when they're both search apps. I love the sketch-to-search idea, but does it really need a separate app? Personally, if I want to look for things, I want do it all in one place, not crowd my phone with separate apps for every disparate type of searching. Why not allow me to do a voice search for a restaurant, then allow me to narrow down results (or expand them) by selecting the area i want to search in.
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2008
    Sketch to search is a great idea. Much better than what i thought when I read the title: you draw something on your iphone and yahoo searches for the item you drew. This is much better.
  5. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    Instead of a loop, I’d like to be able to just “paint” a broad stroke with a finger and see businesses under my finger pop up.
  6. pmz
    macrumors 68000

    Nov 18, 2009
    Apple has really missed the boat with Sketch/Search feature. Would be infinitely useful inside Google Maps.

    Guess we need an app for it.
  7. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2008
    As far as I can tell, the "search to sketch" app is not for local businesses, it is for local restaurants only. I cannot find a way to search for non-restaurant businesses.
  8. macrumors 68020

    Dec 25, 2006
    Ya, I like the sound of that a lot. Good job Yahoo! :)
  9. macrumors member

    Dec 8, 2009

    Not to be too mean ;p, but re-read the last few sentences of the story again.

    Here 'tis, so you don't have to scroll back up:

    At launch, Yahoo! Sketch-a-Search is available only in the U.S. and covers only restaurants, but additional business categories and localizations are reportedly coming soon.
  10. macrumors regular

    Sep 7, 2005
    Western North Carolina
    What's that icon?

    On the Avatar and the Slanted Door screenshot - what is that icon on the menubar near the battery icon? Looks like a keyboard and a phone handset. On the Avatar screenshot it is between the alarm clock and bluetooth icon. I don't think I've ever seen it before.


  11. macrumors 65816


    So, in the search-a-sketch App;

    When they include other biasness, if you circle a small area in, say NY city, 200+ listing will pop up, which you then need to sift though, or you’ll restrict the search to begin with.

    Seems more like a gimmick than really a useful concept.
  12. macrumors 6502a

    May 23, 2007
    I'm not sure what you mean here. Is it Apple or Google that's missed the boat? You're placing blame on the iPhone's manufacturer/OS for what an included 3rd party app is lacking, in your opinion?

    Is this not another third party developer thats come to your rescue, on the same device/OS? What boat has Apple missed?
  13. macrumors 68000

    Aug 8, 2002
  14. macrumors 68020


    Jan 6, 2004
    Raleigh, NC
    Think it is VPN.
  15. macrumors 68000

    Apr 12, 2002
    Agreed. Google maps does the same thing, but not restricted to restaurants. Just go to your location, then search for something. Food, car repair, whatever. It'll pop up stuff in your area. I guess maybe you want to know about another area then go to that area of the map or enter a zip code with your search, or a city name, etc. NEVER had a need to draw a region. Kind of limiting anyway.
  16. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 3, 2008
    Oops. This doesn't look good.


    Nothing else I search for returns results either.

    App deleted.

    Perhaps Yahoo should stick to finishing off some of their unfinished things like Messenger first, before they get all ambitious and try something else, when it's clearly out of their league.

    EDIT: never mind all the separate apps, what about the duplicate apps? They also have Inquisitor, which looks to be basically the same thing, although it might actually work instead of being a joke app.
  17. macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2010
    Sketch-a-Search is brilliant, but what would be better is a way to tag why you selected a place or why you didn't go to another.I suspect Yahoo will have to go deeper in value as while there is some value here it can be replicated in minutes by the under-employed programers in Silicon Valley.
  18. macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2008
    The Sketch-a-Search app is very good. smart intuitive UI, someone in Yahoo is finally thinking outside of the (search) box.

    but one thing that really stuck out was that it was using maps provided by Google. Really yahoo?
  19. macrumors 68000

    Apr 24, 2006
    :eek: You noticed that, too? :rolleyes:
  20. macrumors 68020


    Mar 29, 2009
    A man of the people. The right sort of people.
    Nice idea, but needs to have more options - like choosing the sorts of businesses you want to show up etc..
  21. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 21, 2009
    The Sketch-a-Search app looks really useful! Might have to try that one out.

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