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Aviate now available to all, brings new Yahoo features

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Aviate now available to all, brings new Yahoo features
Aviate was one of the better Android launcher alternatives before it was purchased by Yahoo, and the quality has stayed high throughout the rest of the app's run in beta. Aviate has finally left beta, and has been released for all Android users (on 4.0 or higher), no invite necessary. The app has been rebranded with Yahoo's name, and has gotten some Yahoo integration.

The core of the app is still the same: it will dynamically change the app links shown based on contextual factors. That means, you'll see news and weather when you wake up, productivity apps while at work, and music or navigation while driving. Yahoo has integrated a couple of its services for these times, so you'll see weather from Yahoo, and news briefs from Yahoo's News Digest app. Calendar integration has been enhanced, and a swipe from the bottom of the screen will bring in your favorite contacts. 

Interestingly, while the app has gotten Yahoo branding and integration, Yahoo is promising to "stay agnostic" and add in non-Yahoo content as well. The plan is to integrate whatever service offers the best content for a specific context. We'll have to wait and see what that could mean. 

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posted on 24 Jun 2014, 00:46

1. techloverNYC (Posts: 601; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)

Yahoo need to fix its news app first. The news update is slower than the websites and sometimes lack information.

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 09:27

5. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2707; Member since: 26 May 2011)

That's not necessarily something broken. That's the choice of how the app is designed. It is supposed to be short breakdowns of important stories twice a day, that's it.

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 01:10

2. SeanContra (Posts: 82; Member since: 24 Mar 2014)

Why is the Yahoo! Aviate logo eerily similar to the Bing logo?

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 06:36

3. sumit919 (Posts: 7; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)

Does anyone know what are the new calendar features and how to access them?

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 07:14

4. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2236; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)

I almost thought it said "Aviato." Erlich, is that you?

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