The new Yahoo Mobile: Information skyscraper
Yahoo launched a brand-new application for the iPhone and Web on Wednesday, and announced an upcoming release for Java phones. We've got images of the beta Web version here. The new Yahoo Mobile stacks together the individual Lego pieces of the company's mobile application strategy, delivering, in effect, a tall tower of mobile access that gets you to search, news, e-mail, and sports, financial, and social RSS in one long drink. (On the iPhone it's more broken down by individual screens, and the Java version will feature widgets.) Start exploring at mobile.yahoo.com from any HTML-ready device browser.
The geo-informed, text-only OneSearch bar rides at the top of the app, with photo-rich top stories below in a navigable carousel.
Tap a link just below the Today featurette to expand a hidden menu of Yahoo's services--everything from Flickr to the calendar, to movie showtimes.
OneConnect is Yahoo's mobile silo for getting social takes up the Web app's middle ground. To its credit, Yahoo has opened up its platform to let you sign in to Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, and AOL in-boxes.
A fancy moniker for social RSS, Pulse is where you catch up on the likes of Twitter and Facebook action, and update your own status for your faithful followers.
Taking up the bottom floors, OnePlace is the gathering spot for your weather updates, stock ticker, and financial, sports, and news feeds. In addition, you can add infinitely more feeds, making for a mile-high dashboard when all is said and done. If you ever tire of the enhanced mobile view, the Desktop link takes you to the unadulterated Yahoo.com.
Yahoo Mobile for Java
In addition to a version for the iPhone (not pictured) and the Web, which has been featured in this gallery, Yahoo is planning to debut a very different-looking design for Java phones. The widgets-based dashboard app is expected to break ground sometime in May.