Yahoo’s mobile portfolio got a bit more crowded on Monday with the introduction of Aviate, a homescreen personalization app for Android phones featuring a clean layout that automatically organizes your apps for you.
Yahoo Aviate is designed to simplify your phone and show you information based on what you’re doing – think along the lines of Google Now. For example, the app can display news and weather information in the morning as you prepare for work, productivity apps while on the job, music apps during your commute and perhaps even games or other leisure-based apps before bedtime.
Elsewhere, you’ll find one-swipe access to daily habits like checking your alarm clock, calendar and weather. The app even pulls your most popular contacts into a “favorites” list which makes it easier to reach out to those people – simply swipe up to view the menu.
The app comes some five months after Yahoo purchased Aviate and put it into beta status. The Internet pioneer didn’t reveal how much it paid for the startup although sources close to the deal claimed it was valued at $80 million. Dropbox was rumored to be in the discussion as well which may explain why Yahoo paid so much for it.
Yahoo Aviate is available as of writing for Android phones in English. It joins a crowded field that includes similar apps like EasilyDo and EverythingMe, not to mention Google Now.