Yahoo for Android review: Elegant news feed with a personal touch

CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
  • Overall: 8.1
  • Installation and Setup: 7.0
  • Features and Support: 8.0
  • Interface: 9.0
  • Performance: 8.0
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The Good The latest version of the Yahoo app for Android gives options for viewing just headlines or visual news. Full-screen images with text overlays look great while you browse.

The Bad You can only get a personalized news feed by connecting your Facebook account. No landscape mode.

The Bottom Line More than just a news app, Yahoo stands out for its customization and search tools.

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Editors' note: As this app is essentially the same as Yahoo for iOS, this review mostly duplicates our review of the iOS version.

The Yahoo app is focused on the latest headlines, bringing more personalization to your news feed, quick summaries for easy reading, and good-looking article pages with photo backdrops. The Android version and the iOS version sport the same attractive interface.

This is not the app you're going to use to check your e-mail or access most of the other services that Yahoo provides, but what the app does well is bring you the latest news in an intuitive layout.

You have the option to view headlines in a clean list if that is your preference, but the app also features a visual view of the news. The clean list is great for quickly scanning headlines, and you can pull down the list to refresh. By hitting the menu button in the upper left, you can flip a switch to turn the visual news feature on. The results reminded me immediately of the full-screen images in the Google+ app feed, but Yahoo places both the headline and a brief summary of the story over the lead image. The brief summaries are made by Summly, a company Yahoo acquired in March ( read more about Summly here ).

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  • Category News readers and aggregators
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About The Author

Jason Parker has been at CNET for more than 13 years. He is the Senior Editor in charge iOS software and has become an expert reviewer of the software that runs on each new Apple device. He now spends most of his time covering Apple iOS releases and third-party apps.

About The Author

Jaymar Cabebe covers mobile apps and Windows software for CNET. While he may be a former host of the Android Atlas Weekly podcast, he doesn't hate iOS or Mac. Jaymar has worked in online media since 2007.