Yahoo's Aviate gets smart when headphones are in
Plug a set of headphones into an Android phone, and pertinent musical information automatically surfaces.
Once the headphones are in, music-related apps like Spotify and Pandora come front and center, and the app even turns into a discovery tool, recommending other music apps from the Google Play store.
When a song starts to play, the app finds things like recent tweets from the artist, bios, and information for nearby concerts. The app in general changes up the display of your phone's home screen based on location, time of day, and usage patterns. For example, if you read stock quotes in the morning, Yahoo Finance can show up on the screen. Aviate is still locked in private beta, but users can try it out using the promo code "music."
Aviate is emblematic of Yahoo's focus onunder CEO Marissa Mayer. For example, earlier on Wednesday the company with Carnegie Mellon University to focus on mobile products and personalization.
Mayerof Aviate onstage at the Consumer Electronics Show, just one in a long spree of mobile-focused buyouts since she took the company's helm.