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Yahoo Unveils App Search [News]

Matt Smith 07-02-2012

Yahoo Unveils App Search [News] yahooappsearchthumbSearch engine Yahoo! may be down, but it’s not out. They’re still trying to find ways to remain relevant, and one way of doing that is a new app search feature.


It is what it says. When you search for a keyword on Yahoo! you will now receive app results when appropriate. They are above the main search results, but also below the paid advertisements. App search results include reviews, pricing and detailed information about the app’s features and requirements. You’ll be given a selection of suggested apps below the most relevant result.

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There’s also an App Gallery section of Yahoo! that acts as the front page for app search. Here you’ll find categories and a scrolling selection of featured apps. As you might expect, there are separate sections for iPhone and Android, but the layout is the same for both.

Once you find an app that you’d like to download you can do so by clicking on the pricing button beside the app’s icon. Since this is only a search engine and not a store, you can’t download directly from it. Instead, you are redirected to the iTunes App Store How To Create A US iTunes Account (& Access US-Only Contents) Without A Credit Card Due to copyright issues, the iTunes Store 'discriminates' against users based on their geographical location. While the US and a few other selected iTunes stores have all the goodies, other countries are extremely limited. To... Read More or Android Market via a link or QR Code Are QR Codes Just A Fad? [Opinion] I remember the first time I encountered a QR code. I didn’t have a smartphone yet, so my reaction was "Hey, what’s this weird block of pixels?" It was only when I purchased my first... Read More .

Is app search really a valid alternative to the app stores that already exist? I’m not sure about the iPhone, since I don’t own one and haven’t used the iTunes app store in a few months. Google’s search results on the Android Market, however, still leave a lot to be desired. Yahoo! seems to do a better job.


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  1. Helder
    February 7, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    This app search feature seems rather nice. And yes, it is nice to still have Yahoo! nowadays. As a matter of fact, I've been using it as my primary search engine for the past year or so. The deal with Bing might have taken a bite into Yahoo's pride and revenue, but it improved the results, especially in languages other than English. I'm Portuguese so that's an important thing for me. Searching for something in Portuguese in Yahoo, just a few years ago, would retrieve Spanish results at best. Now it's quite improved.  My second choice is DuckDuckGo, by the way. And Google comes as a distant third, not that I loathe the Big G or anything, just grew a little weary of it.

  2. Cell Travis
    February 7, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Between the almost daily talk about Google, Android, Apple and Facebook, it is good to know that Yahoo! still exists. Of course there's Yahoo! Answers that continues to remain popular 6 years down the line, but it's rare to see Yahoo! the search engine make it to any kind of "news" these days.

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