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Yahoo Mail for Android Update Introduces News and Weather Tabs

by Brandon Russell | May 16, 2014May 16, 2014 6:30 pm PST

A new Yahoo Mail update for Android doesn’t just offer up typical bug fixes and enhancements. In addition to simply providing a portal for email, Yahoo on Friday rolled out an update that brings it up to parity with what’s available to the iOS version rolled out recently. Now, there are quick access points —Yahoo News and Yahoo Today—at the top right from within the app, giving users an easy way to get some Google Now-like information.

The new Yahoo Mail for Android will let users swipe horizontally between the various screens, which will provide data such as weather, sports scores, news headlines and more. It might not be the features you expect from an email application, but it’s certainly more convenient than getting all that information from separate apps. Yahoo Mail senior product manager, Andrew Molyneux, agrees.

“A couple weeks back when we launched the new Yahoo Mail for iPhone, our goal was to put all the information you care about right at your fingerprints,” Yahoo said in a blog post. “In addition to checking email more frequently, we’re seeing that iPhone users are spending more time in the app—browsing news, sports, videos and much more.”

Yahoo said the update should be arriving in Google Play today, but that the News and Yahoo Today sections won’t arrive for another few days.


Brandon Russell

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