Aviate was one of the most interesting alternative home screens when it came out last year as an invite-only beta, then Yahoo bought it and we all worried Aviate would be swallowed up by the machine. However, today is Aviate's big coming out party. The app has been updated with a number of new features, a tweaked UI, and you no longer need an invite to try it.

If you've never used Aviate, it bills itself as an intelligent home screen that changes to fit your location and the time of day. It categorizes apps and pulls in location-based content from various apps and services. You can also switch between these "Spaces" manually.


Yahoo has just posted the news about the update, and it appears to still be propagating across Google Play. We don't know what the version number is right now, but it was 1.3.2 before, so maybe 2.0? Whatever it is, it's clear from the screens and blog post that Aviate is getting a real makeover.

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Here are the new features as listed by Yahoo.

  • Favorites: Yahoo Aviate automatically suggests “Favorites” for your most popular contacts. Swipe up from the homescreen to call, text, or email people you chat with daily.

  • Calendar: Connect to conference calls with a single tap (no more typing out conference codes!). On your way to dinner? Aviate makes it simple to call an Uber. Running late to a meeting? Easily email everyone attending if you’re running late.

  • Daily Habits Galore: With a single swipe, you can access your alarm clock, weather, daily news summary, and a curated Flickr image of the day. It also takes it a step further - instead of giving you a snapshot of the weather, Aviate will alert you if today’s weather will be noticeably different than yesterday’s, so you can dress appropriately


The interface in general looks quite a bit different in this version. The favorite app bar is smaller, and the open desktop space seems much larger. The swipe-up gesture may also have been axed in favor of an extra panel on the left. We'll have to wait on the update to fully roll out to know how it all works.

[Yahoo Aviate]

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.

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  • AbbyZFresh

    Yahoo. Yuck.

    • GeeKLoRD

      You should give Yahoo news digest a try.
      It's actually pretty good for curated news.

      • http://www.allankintz.com ack154

        Yahoo Weather is IMO, one of the best weather apps out there too.

    • pallu

      The point is not about Yahoo but Aviate. The beta has been quite good (personal preference).

  • Mlibbey

    Why incompatible on my Nexus 5? Weird

    • Sx73

      Probably country restricted. Showing up fine on my Nexus 5 in Canada.

      • Mlibbey

        I'm in Canada too!

        • Sx73
          • Mlibbey

            Ya it is. It's actually been incompatible for a while but I assumed it was my ROM at first but I've changed ROM's multiple times since then and tried each time, always incompatible. I wonder what else would be making it incompatible? Strangeeee. Thanks though!

          • kacpak

            Have you changed DPI? I remember having this problem in early versions of Aviate when I was still trying this launcher on N4. Restoring to default fixed this for me.

          • Mlibbey

            Thats definitely it! Now to remember the normal dpi... Haha

          • kacpak

            I think it was 480 for N5, but I'm not sure

          • Mlibbey

            I was on 370, changed to 480 and 440..neither worked.. Thanks anyways!

  • BarKa


  • The Maverick

    maybe post a new updated APK for those like me who are impatient please

  • Marissa Mayer

    Yahoo is great! Especially if you like to have all your personal details and private info wide open for anyone to access!

    Marissa, CEO Yahoo.

  • George Bakos

    It is still asking me for an activation code...

  • Akshay Gupta

    They should add ok google feature and I'll be sold.

    • Daniel Belini

      There's an app for that!!
      Just instal xposed framework

  • Amit

    Having used Nova, GNL, and Action launcher, I find Aviate to be refreshingly different. Have used it off and on, though I keep going back to Nova launcher :)

  • YouNex

    I HATE Yahoo.

  • FrankJL

    i delete re-download old layout nothing new. Anybody have the apk?

  • siddude11

    What phone is that? iPhone?

    • Smartss

      Galaxy S2 Skyrocket LOL

      • Crispin Swickard

        It's some sorta Galaxy, but not a Skyrocket. I am aware that was probably a joke, but official builds stopped on 4.1, and that is running 4.4. Probably an S4, or S5 in the video. Also I think they were referring to the black dummy phone in the gifs. We will go with unbranded there. :)

        • Smartss

          sarcasm much?

  • Andrei D.

    I like the idea of custom apps for locations/uses/times of day. But is there an app that can do that as a widget rather than baked into a whole launcher?

    • CoreRooted

      Llama, Tasker, Automate, etc...

    • Tom

      You're looking for Apposite un-launcher. Works as a widget or by Google now gesture and suggests the apps you probably need right now. Gets better as it learns your habits.

  • Tozs

    The code YAHOO still works tho =)

  • DJRiful

    Pretty nice, I'll see how things goes the more I use it.

  • _artem_

    You always just could install patched version which doesn't require an invite and invite yourself. Then delete cracked version. And just use your semiofficial invite code on google play version

  • Daldain

    I have been enjoying this on my N5 for over a month instead of the Google Launcher. For me I like the contextual changes between home, travel, and work. It's as if the phone is trying to help me out rather than the usual manually getting the phone to do something.

    I show this Aviate to other Android and iPhone users, they either give blank looks (iPhone) or ask a heap of questions. Must be beyond comprehension for iPhone users that the phone can completely differently just by a simple app install.

    It is weird that I'm enjoying a Yahoo product, I have never liked anything of theirs before.

  • Vimal Odedra

    got the update its version2.0.0.2

  • Nelson Wasiuk

    updated to v2 and now isn't compatible with my s3... what???

  • Luan Cristian da Silva

    I need the apk for 4.0 someone got? The is for api 16 and above

  • miri

    A lot better than before but still not great.

  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

    The fact that I can't resize widgets keeps me from using Aviate.

  • abobobilly

    That doesn't look as bad as some are making it to be. I found Aviate to be very optimized and less resource consuming (which was surprisingly amazing, btw). This "improved" UI definitely looks better than the previous one.

  • Adrian Ioanci

    How do i change the weather location? i don't seem to find that option