With HSDPA increasingly widespread and the first flat rate data package (T-Mobile’s Web n Walk) a cheap addition to a monthly tariff the biggest barrier to any mobile’s surfing is its small, low resolution screen. Yahoo wants to change this.
The latest version of ‘Yahoo! Go’ has just reached v2.0 in beta and it promises to ‘revolutionise’ the Internet experience for handsets. As you may have guessed from my intro this has something to do with how it displays…
Yahoo! Go 2.0 has a layout specifically designed for mobile phones and, just as importantly, applications coded to run quickly and efficiently including a new search engine ‘oneSearch’ that has been built from scratch. Breaking from tradition oneSearch presents users with relevant content, not just web links, on the results page and groups results by subject to make them easier to read.
This is just one of a suite of applications however, the highlight of which is probably the ‘Local & Maps’ widget which gives consumers quick access to local directory information, interactive maps, driving directions and even real time traffic updates. There are also guides which provide ‘at-a-glance’ details about what is happening in any user defined city on any given day as well as listing the most popular places to eat, shop and visit there. As you probably guessed, being in beta, it’s currently US only.
Still other notables include customisable news tickers for news, sports, entertainment, weather and finance, RSS feeds, a Flickr widget for uploading, viewing and managing images and an email widget enabling users to response to, delete or compose new message and view attachments with a single click. Automatic synchronisation is also offered with Yahoo! Mail so any changes made on the phone are instantly reflected on the PC and vice versa.
Yahoo! Go 2.0 Beta is available to try now from the link below and while others including Google have tried to specialise a few tools for mobile users this is the most complete suite I’ve seen to date.