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Yahoo seems to be taking a page out of the NFL's playbook: the official Android app just jumped from version 1.1.4 all the way to 3.2. (It's probably been changed to match the iOS version.) But at least there's plenty of new content to justify the jump. In addition to a new Holo-style user interface sporting the revamped Yahoo logo (which still clings annoyingly to that vestigial "!"), the app has a ton of new options for content consumption.

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First of all, Yahoo user now get treated to slideshows and videos embedded into stories, something that the original app was sorely lacking. The category filter (the page where you choose which news items you want to see and which to ignore) has been significantly overhauled. It's easier to select individual topics to see more of after each story - one of the screenshots of the dynamically-filled list includes "Government shutdown."

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You can save stories from the Share menu on the summary page, though "save" is a bit of a misnomer - it's more like a bookmark that's tied to a Yahoo account. The app now includes optional notifications for breaking news, which should be handy for those who want to keep abreast of their topics without constantly checking the app. But watch out: a few early upgraders are reporting significantly increased battery usage with this feature enabled. All in all, the upgraded app looks like a pretty decent news service, though I really wish it had some kind of widget available.  

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • sivez

    Yet another iOS port.

    • Sean Thomas

      if the iOS app is really the same, at least it doesn't look like iOS guidelines shoved into android. Seems like Yahoo trying to make their own design language for apps.

      • miri

        And by "make their own design language" do you mean "appropriate iOS' and try to make it stick everywhere"?

        • Sean Thomas

          well there's no bottom bar, there's a menu that is full-screen and doesn't look to slide out from the left, the back button is just an arrow with no icon OR text, and the layering seems weird and not like anything I've seen on iOS or android native apps. So, no.

          • miri

            None of that is atypical for an iOS app. The layout, iconography, animations and general styling all fall well within iOS 7's guidelines and well outside of Android's.

    • http://ashutoshmishra.org/ Ashutosh Mishra

      To be honest, an iOS 7 port will look more at home on Android than any iOS pre-7 port. I don't have any issues with this app as long as it runs smoothly (most ports are notoriously jittery).

  • yodatom10

    okay yahoo lets start over it goes 1.2.3.4..... :P

  • roberto

    I don't understand how huge companys just copy their iOS apps to android. Android gives much more possibilities so they should write their apps for android and then castrate it for apple. I delete all ported apps or non-holo/ google design apps.

    • mesmorino

      Ported is not the same as bad. It is merely lazy

    • John Smith

      In my experience, it's because the design team has made a spec that targets iOS, then the spec is re-used and then 1) the Android team use their best judgement, 2) a design team member spends maybe a couple of hours to add a hi-res layout.

  • Michael Pahl

    Whats "Yahoo"?

    • FFS

      The fourth most visited site on the web. I'm surprised you've missed it.

      • Michael Pahl

        Oh yeah, I frogot all the baby boomers still use yahoo mail.

  • Thomas

    Rapidly increasing in version numbers doesn't mean you get lots of users :D

  • undercoverduck

    It won't make me use the service, but I really do love the design, and functionality. Yahoo's got (nearly) all their services under one hood. Whereas Google seems to not even be able to pick a single news service (Google News, Google Currents, and, before, Google Reader).

  • miri

    I'm of the opinion that Yahoo has one small team for developing mobile apps with one SDK between them and when they need to make an Android app, they just make an iOS app that looks different and hit the "make it work on Android" button.

    • Claude Gohier

      But with Jean-Baptiste Quéru now in charge of mobile apps development at Yahoo, I expect things to change in that regard.

      • Guest

        Yea i don't know what to choose when i want to read news with google. besides the capacities of each apk is so large to me.

    • LiamBryant

      I hate the mentality that companies have - "Oh we should have an Android presence, let's make this half-assed app just so we have one on Android too." It's backwards and broken logic, especially when Android occupies the majority of the market share and (having development experience in both) I find Android vastly easier to write better software in. That's just my opinion, but it infuriates me how Android is always an afterthought.

  • Steve Freeman

    There's a Yahoo app?

  • Xemion

    "yahoo updates its app from version 1 to version 3.2" it's very simple,it's because of jean baptiste queru working there

  • beboo

    yet they left yahoo messenger in dust
    too bad

    sorry for bad English

    • Bloodflame87

      They've been slowly rolling out updates to their entire product line. I'd bet on Messenger updating sometime in the coming weeks. As if anyone still uses it...

  • http://www.geordienorman.com/ George Byers

    wtf does it not work outside the US o.o