Yahoo's self-branded app for Android – called simple Yahoo! – has just moved up to version 1.0, an update that brings with it some not-insignificant enhancements.

First among these is the app's story streams and "summaries by Yahoo!", in which news stories are parsed into bite-sized summaries. The functionality is somewhat similar to Wavii's aggregation and summarization service, but is more probably tied to Yahoo's recent acquisition of Summly. While we can't be sure just yet if Summly's handiwork is making Yahoo's app tick behind the scenes, it was noted at the time of acquisition that the summary service's technology would "soon return to multiple Yahoo! products." Yahoo! also promises to adapt to your use patterns, making the news you're presented with more relevant the more you use the app.

The app also allows users to select topics they'd like to hear more about, and offers a "revamped" search feature. The app's interface – loosely inspired by the oft-praised holo style – isn't too shabby either.

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Overall, Yahoo's 1.0 iteration for Android seems to be a strong showing. If you're already a user, grab the update. If not, there's never been a better time to give it a shot.

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • http://www.twitter.com/andrewpalozzo Andrew Palozzo

    Man.. just as I was about to give yahoo another chance and install the app and then:
    "This item cannot be installed in your device's country."

    I'm in australia... also haven't seen any screenshots of what it looks like on a tablet.

    • MacMan156

      Same deal here for canada. Lame

  • Wesley Allsup

    Do you guys have an apk for international readers?

  • Kiamat

    How ironic that an app designed by a British teenager (Summly) is now only available in the US.

  • Vasileios Salapatas

    Just have a look at #NewSum, free, open source, multi-document app for news summarisation, available in a few days! http://goo.gl/08yIf