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Yahoo Acquires Smart Homescreen Android App Aviate

by Jacob Kleinman | January 7, 2014January 7, 2014 6:00 pm PST

Kicking off Yahoo’s CES 2014 keynote presentation, CEO Marissa Mayer announced the company’s latest acquisition, Aviate. The Android app, which never actually exited its beta test, was purchased by Yahoo for an undisclosed sum; the app had previously raised a total of $2 million in financing, according to The Verge.

Aviate offers a constantly-changing homescreen for your Android smartphone based on your location, time of day, and some extra information you put in yourself. It’s unclear whether Yahoo will keep the app as is or integrate the technology into its own products and kill it off. It’s also possible that like with previous acquisitions, the main purpose here was to bring more talented mobile developers under Yahoo’s umbrella. For now, the app is still available on Google Play.

You can check a quick promotional video for Aviate above, or click through a few quick screenshots if you only have a few seconds to spare.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...