Harrison Weber is TNW's Features Editor in NYC. Part writer, part designer. Stay in touch: Twitter @harrisonweber, Google+ and Email. Harrison Weber is TNW's Features Editor in NYC. Part writer, part designer. Stay in touch: Twitter @harrisonweber, Google+ and Email.
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has announced an update to Yahoo’s iOS app, featuring Summly integration, a new look and improved search features.
To recap, Summly is the news summary app recently acquired by a Yahoo from British teenager Nick D’Aloisio. The app was launched by D’Aloisio when he was 16, and was reportedly acquired for $30M.
Yahoo’s app, which is only available for the iPhone and iPod touch, was apparently created “with smaller screens in mind” and heavily integrates “Summly’s natural-language algorithms and machine learning to deliver quick story summaries.” In addition, it also features redesigned article pages, personalization features, and an improved search experience with emphasis on video and image searches.
This update comes less than one month after the Summly acquisition. Here’s the new look, followed by the original app.
Yes, this is a major improvement in terms of design quality. The original app (below) looks as if it was designed by a low-grade, code-free app builder, and features a dull interface, an obnoxious color scheme and poorly aligned type.
This update follows a period of rebirth for Yahoo, led largely by CEO Mayer. Recently, Yahoo updated its Mail and Weather apps, too, both of which also featured a rather sleek and clean design.
Unfortunately, the new Yahoo app is only available to US-based users at this time, but there doesn’t appear to be any reason why the app won’t soon make a debut internationally. As for Android users, Yahoo’s Android app hasn’t received much love recently.
You can download the new iOS app via the link below.
Photo credit: David Paul Morris/Getty Images
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