Yahoo has rolled out their first dedicated news app on iOS, entitled Yahoo News Digest. The app is one of the first new ventures under the watch of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer. It presents a sleek, highly visual interface that presents you with 10 or so algorithmically generated news stories from Yahoo’s network, twice a day: once in the morning, and once in the evening. The new service is designed to mimic the way newspapers approach the morning and evening editions.
Yahoo News Digest is a product of tech acquired by startup Summly. It was shut down last March when it was sold to Yahoo for thirty million dollars. The 17 year old developer Nick D’Aloisio went to the London office of Yahoo and started work on the Yahoo iteration. In a conversation with the Verge, he mentioned “People have this information overload,” he says. “They’re checking too many sources. They’re a bit tired of having to go through streams and streams of information, never having a sense of completion.”
Yahoo will be doing battle against apps such as Flipboard, Pulse and services such as Google News. Instead of giving a million different stories they are giving curated content from their extended network.
Many industry experts are saying that the News Digest App is on the same level as Yahoo Weather, as being well designed and intuitive to use. Yahoo is hoping to level some of the 400 million mobile monthly users they reported to have last year and 800 million global users overall.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.