For example, here we have Yahoo’s brand new Yahoo! Mobile app, which will be available for iPhone, Android (via the WebKit browser), Symbian, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile, as well as for many handsets manufactured by Samsung, Sony Ericsson and Motorola.
In Yahoo’s words, the new app is “a highly-personalized mobile starting point to the Internet”, which provides “an open environment within which consumers can bring together their favorite content and services.”
The application will be outed in two versions: a mobile Web one and a smartphone one. The latter features widgets, as well as Yahoo! oneSearch with Voice (you can launch searches by speaking).
Among the features that Yahoo! Mobile brings together, we must mention:
- Quick Yahoo! mobile search
- New maps tools
- Easy access to email and social network accounts
- Instant messaging
- Address book & calendar tools
- The latest news, stocks, RSS feeds, weather, horoscopes etc
Yahoo has also announced a partnership with Opera, following which, the Opera Mini 4.2 browser will be integrated into Yahoo! Mobile for smartphones.
For the moment, Yahoo! Mobile is available as a managed beta program – and those interested in participating should access this address via their handsets.
The application will be generally available for download starting March 2009, initially in the following countries: US, Canada, India, UK, Germany, France, Indonesia and the Philippines. Other countries will get it later this year.
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