updated 03:55 pm EST, Tue February 17, 2009
Yahoo Mobile app coming
Yahoo on Tuesday announced at Mobile World Congress in Spain that it will soon release the Yahoo Mobile app for devices that include Apple's iPhone as well as feature phones and smartphones from Samsung, Nokia, RIM, Sony Ericsson and Motorola. Other phones that run on Windows Mobile will also be compatible with the new application. Among other things, Yahoo Mobile will let users search the Internet through its own engine and access new map tools.
The app will also let users access their e-mail and social network accounts, as well as instant messaging programs. The interface will also bring together access to websites, sport scores, news, RSS feeds, weather, stocks, horoscopes and other information.
The mobile Web and iPhone versions will include Yahoo's oneSearch mobile search service, a number of news stories picked by Yahoo editors dubbed Today and access to Yahoo messenger along with compatibility with most other popular social network and e-mail accounts. The home screen can be customized via the onePlace feature, which lets users have quick access to a selection of their most accessed functions.
The non-Apple smartphone version of Yahoo Mobile will have the same functions but add voice-controlled search capabilities, mapping software and the Opera Mini 4.2 web browser. Widgets will also be part of the application, allowing users to take advantage of Yahoo and other services made for mobile phones.
A managed beta program of Yahoo Mobile is now available to download from handsets. A non-beta version of the software s expected to launch late in March for WebKit-based browsers, including the iPhone and iPod touch, Nokia Series 60 and Android devices, Opera Mini 4.x, Windows Mobile, Internet Explorer Mobile, BlackBerry Bold, BlackBerry Storm browsers. A version made for remaining RIM models, Sony Ericsson, Nokia S60 and S40-based phones, as well as Samsung and Motorola, will be out in late May.