Yahoo releases updated iOS News app with Summly; brings improved search

Yahoo has released its new revamped and updated iOS app for iPhones and iPod Touch devices for US users. The update incorporates Summly and brings together a new look and an improved search functionality. Yahoo recently acquired the popular news summarizing iOS app Summly from a British teenager Nick D’Aloisio in a $30 million deal. This is the latest in a queue of updates to Yahoo’s mobile products, which includes a standalone weather app and a mail app last week.

The app brings better video and image search, besides Summly integration, and adds news customization option within each article now, allowing users to see more of what they want and less of what they don’t want. Your choices are saved across screens and it becomes more relevant and interesting with increasing usage on both mobile and desktop.


“The new Yahoo! mobile app is also smarter, using Summly’s natural-language algorithms and machine learning to deliver quick story summaries. We acquired Summly less than a month ago, and we’re thrilled to introduce this game-changing technology in our first mobile application. And, with the immersive imagery of our virtually endless Newsfeed, the new Yahoo! app has both great technology and beautiful design front and center, ” added Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer in the official blog post.

The idea of Summly came to D’Aloisio while he was preparing for a history exam when he was 15. He got noticed when he released Summly’s predecessor Trimit in 2011, which cut down long-length articles to tweet-length summaries. The app received praise from tech blogs and thus caught the attention of the investors. 17 year old D’Aloisio also took up a job in Yahoo!’s London office. In an interview last month, he added, “I’ll be integrating the Summly technology into different areas we feel are appropriate for Yahoo!, and more broadly helping them with their mobile product design.”

The news app is available only for US users right now but will be made global soon. It might find its way to Android as well although there was no announcement related to this from Yahoo. You can read the complete official announcement from Yahoo here. If you’ve already tried the app, let us know what you think in the comments below.

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