An update of Yahoo’s eponymous news app released today boosts image and video search functionality and incorporates the news-summarizing technology the company obtained in its highly publicized acquisition of the iOS app Summly last month.
Yahoo! Inc. has acquired Summly, a mobile app for browsing article summaries pulled from around the web. The news follows Google’s decision to shut down Google Reader this summer.
Seventeen year-old Nick D’Aloisio is the brains behind a new iOS app for reading news called Summly, a tool that summarizes top headlines for quick reading. The free app lets readers browse headlines along with concise summaries of the stories.
The teenager has raised more than $1 million for his app from supporters including Rupert Murdoch and Stephen Fry. BBC News has more: “Mr D’Aloisio took time off school to develop his idea for a smartphone application that offers summaries of existing news stories published on the net. The free-to-download app uses algorithms to process news stories into summaries which users can then swipe to see in full if they wish.”
Version 2.0 of the app debuted in iTunes on November 1st and in a matter of hours ranked in the Top Ten apps for news apps. It is currently No. 11 in the free news apps category.