Yahoo Aviate Can Now Search For Apps, Contacts And The Web – Without Launching A Browser

TechCrunch

Aviate, the mobile homescreen application Yahoo acquired at the beginning of the year, has today received a notable update that will allow Android smartphone owners to search for contacts or apps installed on their device, or search across the web, all from a single interface. The web search is powered by Yahoo, the company notes – which means that Aviate users will be connected to Yahoo’s results without having to open a web browser.

Instead, Yahoo Aviate’s search results appear directly on the phone’s homescreen, the company explains.

Yahoo is not the default search engine on Android devices. And because it can be difficult to get users to change the settings on their mobile phones, winning search deals like the one Yahoo and Mozilla just agreed upon (and the iOS deal Yahoo is fighting for) – is still critical for the company. But by bundling “search” as a feature within the updated…

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