Yahoo! launches new Weather and Mail apps

19 Apr 2013

Internet giant Yahoo! does indeed appear to be moving to quickly “roll out beautifully designed, more intuitive experiences” for its users – the company has unleashed new Weather and Mail apps for iOS and Android.

Yahoo! released its first-quarter financial results on Wednesday, and its CEO Marissa Mayer said she was pleased with the company’s performance for the quarter.

“We are moving quickly to roll out beautifully designed, more intuitive experiences for our users,” Mayer had said. “I’m confident that the improvements we’re making to our products will set up the company for long-term growth.”

The new Yahoo! Weather and Yahoo! Mail apps announced yesterday appear to live up to Mayer’s words. A prominent feature of the Weather app, for example, is the full-screen photos it displays in the background, taken in cities near the user’s location. Users of Yahoo!’s Flickr photo-sharing service have supplied those photos for the app.

The Mail app, Yahoo! said in a blog post, has been designed to “get rid of the noise”. The app provides a magazine-style interface in which users can, with the swipe of a finger, flip through emails and star, delete or move messages.

Yahoo! Mail app

The new Yahoo! Mail app. Photos via Flickr/PCWorld

The Weather app is available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and the Mail app is available for iPad and Android tablets.

Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic