In February, I wrote that the glaring omission from Yahoo’s Android launcher and “intelligent homescreen” Aviate was a search box. Now it has one.
Yesterday Yahoo announced that it’s rolling out search on Aviate (for Android 4.0 and above):
Search on Aviate is your gateway to your apps, contacts and the Web, with Web results powered by Yahoo. Aviate will display all your search results directly on your homescreen, so you won’t have to open a browser or separate window. This initial release is for English-speaking users in the U.S., but we look forward to bringing Search to more Aviators soon.
I hadn’t used Aviate in months so I was pleasantly surprised to see some of the changes that have been made by the Aviate team. Those changes make it much more likely, if you install Aviate, that you’ll keep it on your phone.
Aviate has contextual and temporal awareness and will show users different apps and content depending on time of day and location. It organizes and customizes the presentation of users’ apps.
Below are some screens from my phone that illustrate the UI (using my existing Android homescreen image) and new search box:
Previously the UI “gap” between Aviate and your existing Anroid homescreen was jarring. Beyond this Aviate didn’t really offer enough value or utility to truly justify keeping it on your phone. The addition of search adds a major missing piece to the app.
Below is the old Aviate UI from a prior version installed on one of my Android tablets. The new Aviate is less disorienting to use.
The new Yahoo-Aviate search box simply replaces the one from Google on your Android homescreen. And because the new Aviate is more “subtle,” after day or two you might forget that Aviate …read more