The Play Store is brimming with alternative home screens, but Aviate was far and away one of the most impressive we saw last year. This beautifully designed launcher takes a completely different approach to organizing your apps and data. Apparently Yahoo was just as impressed as we were because the company just announced at CES that it has acquired Aviate.


In case you missed it, Aviate tracks your usage patterns and groups apps into categories that are presented to you based on the time of day and your location. For example, in the morning it might show you your calendar appointments and news apps in the morning "space." If you're near a restaurant, it shows you reviews and surfaces dining apps.

Yahoo says it will continue improving the product, but didn't elaborate on possible Yahoo services integration. Aviate is still in beta, but the first 25,000 people to use the invite code "YAHOO" can start using it today.


Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • http://planetmew.com/blog/ Christopher Glass

    Installed. Entered code. It worked.

    • Riduan Erikson Pasaribu

      What is the code?

      • http://planetmew.com/blog/ Christopher Glass

        Read the article.

      • Thomas Garrett

        The code is "READTHEARTICLE"

        • mateor

          Doesn't werk.

      • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

        The code is "BLOWITOUTYOURASS"

  • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

    In the future, Aviate, when we both can barely recognize each other, I'll think back to how we met. You were so beautiful then. If only you didn't grow to look like your parent.

  • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

    Well, Yahoo wants in the party of integrating itself into Android. Nice, let's see what they'll bring to the table here =)

  • Pieter-Jan Voskamp

    Are they going to try to compete with Facebook Home? Because that is such a success on it's own already.

    • 80sRobot

      I wonder what would happen to Aviate if it were renamed Yahoo! Home.

  • Andrew


  • Primalxconvoy

    I was and am never impressed with technology that tells me what I should be using and when. Unless there is a manual override for this "feature", I'm not interested.

    • Matthew Fry

      Yeah. Personally, Aviate didn't do much for me except frustrate me.

    • James

      You can override it. You can rearrange or remove the apps in the categories however you want.

      • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

        Exactly, it's easy to see from these comments the people who are just hating without ever actually trying it.

        • Primalxconvoy

          No need to try another launcher if the other ones are perfect. How is this browser better than Nova out Go?

          • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

            Well first of all it's not a browser, it's a launcher. And I'm not telling you to try it, I'm telling you not to bother voicing an opinion on something you clearly have no understanding of. You clearly haven't used it, your negative talking points are falsehoods and fabrications.

          • Primalxconvoy

            Incorrect. This launcher's main feature is that it only shows apps or other services that it believes the user will want or believes the user uses most at any given time. As I don't want this feature (and believe that it isn't a feature at all but a hindrance), I have the option if turning it off. With this setting turned off, what has this launcher got over the other great launchers?

          • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

            You are still completely misunderstanding how the launcher works. You arguments don't make any sense to anyone who has used the launcher because the basic premise of your argument (that the app only shows apps or services of its own choosing) is entirely wrong. This is why you are not in a position to be commenting on its functionality - because you don't actually know what its functionality is.

          • Primalxconvoy

            Yet I based it upon the information given in the article. You haven't as yet provided anyone here with any additional information as to these "amazing" features that are somehow different to the article's description.

          • Popa Florin

            You are so boring...

        • Primalxconvoy

          Why would I taste a turd if I already know that it's one?

      • Primalxconvoy

        Thank you. But how then is this launcher different to the others?

    • SorinDobrin

      Couldn't agree more...growing up in a communist country I have an extreme allergic reaction to apps, companies, that think they know better than me what I want or what I should do. That's why I don't buy Apple. Thank you very much, I know exactly what I want.

      • Primalxconvoy

        Thank you. However, I can already do that in every other launcher, so how is this new launcher any better?

    • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

      Uh, it's not "TELLING" you anything, it suggests apps that might be handy in the given contexts. If you disagree you can set it up differently. I think you've severely misunderstood how this launcher functions.

      • Primalxconvoy

        Doesn't the app change what icons and other features are on display depending on what it believes is suitable at any given time? Sounds like it's telling me what I should use to me.

        • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

          Yes but you can configure which icons it shows. You can make all your profiles the same if your needs don't change throughout the day.

  • spartandawgs_03

    Man yahoo has so many acquisitions yet no positive impacts on their profits...not looking good for Mayer unless Yahoo's earnings step up big time this year.

    • 80sRobot

      Too early to tell if the purchase of Aviate is yet another aqui-hire, where its employees will be eventually merged into Yahoo! proper. Yahoo! (and Google) lately appear to act as if it's more cost effective to hire en masse a talented group of developers via a start-up than hiring people individually.

  • jak_341

    Why do I think this has got JBQ's fingerprints all over it?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Because he's French and clearly his fingers are very cheesy with cheese and leave fingerprints everywhere. Mmmm, cheese.

      • Sir_Brizz

        LOL This is one of the best posts. Thanks, Artem.

      • Mado

        hon hon hon hon hon

  • Ryan

    So out of curiosity, how long before Yahoo just abandons this altogether? All of their other take-overs fell apart as soon as they got them without any updates to them..

    Haven't tried the launcher myself, been quite comfortable on Apex or Nova.

    • Inha1966

      Totally agree...I still can't stand Yahoo for what they did to Astrid!

      Aviate is a great concept which did not get enough development....I will be very sad to see it go.

  • biggerguysf

    Given how badly Yahoo! manages many of it's own applications, I can't see how this is going to be a good thing for anyone. I say this as a former Yahoo! Mail premium user who got disgusted left after two weeks of mail vanished AND got no support help afterward.

  • Martin

    Downloaded! Really like it.

  • MafiaMM

    Yahoo Launcher or Nova Launcher hmmmmmm lmfao

  • fonix232

    Yes, because all Aviate needs is a bunch of Yahoo logos and extra services such as Yahoo Search and Mail (because so many people use them!). /sarcasm

    Seriously, is ANYONE using any Yahoo service other than their weather? Even that, I only use theirs because it is the only option in the CM cLock weather display.

    • Phillip Huynh

      Yeah, there are still tons of people who do. My dad has so many things tied to his Yahoo address that it'd be easier to just keep using Yahoo Mail.

      • Sir_Brizz

        Pre-2004 I had tons of things tied to my Yahoo account. Over time, I moved them all to Gmail. Now my Yahoo is a spam (and dust) collector.

  • Sir_Brizz

    I uninstalled Aviate about two months ago and now I'm glad I did. Without the Google Apps integration it just isn't as powerful as it needs to be, and it didn't have any hooks into any Google services at all, including Google+. Sorry.

  • http://kawangeek.com/ EddyGeek

    Yahoo! ? So its the end, need to find new home launcher now, damn it.

  • Arthur Dent

    I was already annoyed with all the begging for invites with this thing. Now under Yahoo it will just slide into irrelevance. Did they think that by buying this they would somehow get people clamoring for their services? Meh. At least the devs made some cash.

  • LQkke

    I'm not impressed with Aviate. Dynamic menus never work.

  • RL010

    No thanks, this reminds of facebook home. i'll keep it with Epic launcher (phone) en Nova Launcher (Nexus 7)

  • Jadephyre

    Hm, never used the launcher before, and now I never will.
    I don't think this will work out for them very well...

  • Christopher Bement

    It already had a limited market to begin with, I got rid of it after beta testing for a month or so. It just didn't provide any services I needed and couldn't get with simpler, less-intrusive apps. Now combine it with Yahoo!, and I am even happier about my decision not to continue. Oh well.

  • Touseef Hashmi

    How I can get activation code?