Yahoo Updates iOS App with Summly Integration, Major Redesign

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Last month, Yahoo acquired news summarizing app Summly for $30 million and today announced that it has incorporated Summly's technology into its newly redesigned Yahoo app.

    The new Yahoo app uses natural language algorithms and machine learning to offer up quick summaries of news articles, which are now served up in a non-stop stream within the app. Yahoo's redesign focuses on providing an endless newsfeed to iPhone readers.

    In addition to improving the design of the app with Summly, Yahoo has improved its search experience with enhanced video and image searches. Users will also find new social and personalization features, such as categories that can be selected and retained cross-device with a Yahoo ID login.
    Yahoo for the iPhone is U.S. only and can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Yahoo Updates iOS App with Summly Integration, Major Redesign
  2. nick_elt macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2011
  3. sundog925 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 19, 2011
    their weather app is pretty bad ass.
    wonder if this is too.
  4. Millah macrumors 6502a

    Aug 6, 2008
    Looks to be following the same design style, so I'm gonna say yes. Now Yahoos quality of their actual articles and "journalists?" Eh....
  5. locoboi187 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 3, 2012
    This is true, replaced all the weather apps I actually bought
  6. kirky29 macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    Lincolnshire, England
    If the Yahoo weather app had 24hr and 10 day forecasting I'd switch! It's a stunningly beautiful app!
  7. empire01 macrumors member

    Feb 22, 2010
    US Only

    I realise the US is the major market, but wish articles would state where apps are restricted to a particular country.
    This app is not available in the UK app store.
  8. Mad Mac Maniac, Apr 22, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2013

    Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    I've been thinking it for the past couple months, and I'm gonna go ahead and say it. I really think Yahoo is poised for a major ressurgance. Marissa Mayer is really getting their act together.

    I would love nothing more than to supplant google with yahoo, and that may be happening sooner rather than later. I stuck with yahoo longer than most originally, and made the switch to google around 2006. I liked yahoo back then, I'm hopeful for a return.


    Yeah, that was one oddity that I noticed. It forecasts like 4 days out? Come on, the apple weather app uses yahoo data and it goes a full week.

    Edit: Downloaded. It's kind of odd that a search engine app is primarily a news app. The search function is relatively hidden. If I didn't try to look for it I wouldn't really find it.
  9. alent1234 macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009

    too bad the 10 day forecasts are useless
  10. jclo Editor


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2012
    Thanks for the feedback, I'll keep that in mind for future posts.
  11. nutmac macrumors 68040

    Mar 30, 2004
    This Yahoo! app is nowhere near as polished as their Yahoo! Weather app. The UI just feels unfinished in that it lacks coherent look and feel. And even after having read a bunch of Summly articles in the past, new articles on the app doesn't feel very "summly" to me. Oh well, perhaps I am too spoiled by Circa News app, which offers highly curated fact-based news with just the important summary.

    P.S. It is time that Yahoo! ditches purple theme. While purple maybe the favorite of average teenager girls, the color as implemented feels amateurish and just doesn't look good to me.
  12. W1LLk macrumors regular

    Jan 25, 2008
    San Antonio
    I hope that the native Apple app that runs on the Yahoo! weather information updates in the future to utilize all these details. I'd be happy for a 1 to 1 swap out.
  13. RoastingPig macrumors 68000


    Jul 23, 2012
  14. daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    Who do you think powers the weather and stock widgets on iOS and OS X. Yahoo mail is also still one of the most popular webmail vendors on the planet. Their sports section is nothing to sneeze at either.

    Learn you some.
  15. TheMacPotato macrumors member

    Mar 3, 2006
    Weather app

    Just downloaded the yahoo weather app. Oh wow, that is stunning!:)


    Not to mention Flickr. The iOS app is fantastic.
  16. SockRolid macrumors 68000


    Jan 5, 2010
    Almost Rock Solid
    This will be great for the TL;DR generation.
    It should... what? Did someone mention Star Wars?????

  17. DavidLeblond macrumors 68020


    Jan 6, 2004
    Raleigh, NC
    Any forecast above 7 days is guessing. Even 6 to 7 days out is probably inaccurate.
  18. ra4oasis macrumors 6502


    Jul 10, 2010
    Marissa Meyer seems to have put Yahoo on the right path. Yahoo Weather (iOS) is amazing. They have a great sports reporting devision. The latest version of Flickr is fantastic. And Yahoo mail might not be popular in the states, but they have a large user base. The new Yahoo app is really more news than it is searching, and Summly was great for news, so this all makes sense.

    If Yahoo keeps reviving themselves, Apple should pay attention. Laugh if you want, but if Yahoo broke off their bing search partnership, and went on their own for Search, I could see Apple buying Yahoo. Think about all the integration with Siri they could do. Sports, movie listings, news, search engine results, and so on. Should be interesting to watch Yahoo's progress.
  19. Mr.damien Guest

    Same it rocks
  20. locoboi187 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 3, 2012
    Is there a jailbreak tweak that I can use to make the notification weather open a different app when I tap on it?
  21. nick_elt macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2011
    Outside the states you hardly ever hear about yahoo and cannot for the life of me remember the year that I last heard of someone using their search engine
  22. Sheza macrumors 65816


    Aug 14, 2010
    London / Norwich (UK)
    Hang on, wasn't Summly made by a UK app developer?

  23. Albright macrumors regular

    Aug 23, 2011
    Yahoo! is quite popular in Japan; Yahoo! Auctions is far more popular than eBay here.

    A lot of speculation here. Going on their own with search is a lot easier said than done. Remember that they quite recently had their own search system, but they realized it was more cost-effective to just license Microsoft's product and let Microsoft try to keep up with Google in search results quality (or the perception thereof) rather than to try to do it themselves. If they were to drop Bing and go back to their own thing again, they'd have a whole lot of painful catching-up their home-grown product would have to do in a very short time in order to be competitive.

    I don't know if the Bing deal was their wisest decision, but now that they've done it, undoing it will never be simple.
  24. nick_elt macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2011
    i stand corrected. I honestly tho didnt realise it was still a force and thought it was going the way of netscape (now ill prob get ppl telling me netscape is big in somewhere like india)
  25. Padaung macrumors 6502


    Jan 22, 2007

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