Today marks the launch of a new Yahoo news app for iOS that integrates Summly, its recent acquisition from a certain industrious young entrepreneur , that's made specifically "with smaller screens in mind." In other words, it's only available for iPhone and iPod touch for now.
The small-screen-intent obviously means redesigned article pages to beautiful effect. Large images fill the background of the screen with article summaries overlaid in transparent text boxes. With this new simplified UI, every single corner of the page is being used and used effectively.
From Yahoo's announcement:
The new Yahoo! mobile app is also smarter, using Summly's natural-language algorithms and machine learning to deliver quick story summaries. We acquired Summly less than a month ago, and we're thrilled to introduce this game-changing technology in our first mobile application. And, with the immersive imagery of our virtually endless newsfeed, the new Yahoo! app has both great technology and beautiful design front and center. Because searching for great content is also core to the Yahoo! experience, we've also improved the search experience with better video and image search.
If you happen to still have a Yahoo ID, you'll get more personalized results, meaning the whole product is a (hopeful) improvement to its Livestand app for iPad. You can download the app in the App Store and decide for yourself right now.