Yahoo! Announces Mobile Integration

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Friday, January 06, 2006

Yahoo! Announces Mobile IntegrationDubbed Yahoo! Go Mobile, Yahoo! has announced its plans to offer many of its premiere online services, including Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo! Messenger, Photos, calendar, address book, web and image search, news, sports and finance, will now be available on mobile phones and PC-connected TVs, as well as on personal computers without using a browser.

Yahoo! Announces Mobile Integration

Yahoo! has announced today that many of its premiere online services, including Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo! Messenger, Photos, calendar, address book, web and image search, news, sports and finance, will now be available on mobile phones and PC-connected TVs, as well as on personal computers without using a browser.

Dubbed Yahoo! Go Mobile, these communications and media applications are expected to be preloaded on Nokia Series 60 mobile phones and available in 10 countries worldwide, including Cingular and AT&T customers in the United States. Additions and updates to the information in the applications are said to be automatically synched between the mobile phone and the user's account on Yahoo! servers.

Yahoo! Go TV

Yahoo! Go TV, which is expected to be available before April, will make entertainment-related services available on any PC-connected TV through a small downloadable application on the PC. The services include local and video search, including access to content from CNN and MTV, movie trailers, information on movie times, TV shows, user ratings and weather, sports scores, stock data and news from My Yahoo!. The service is said to be free, but I imagine that it will pack some sort of advertising.

Also, later in the year, Yahoo! plans to launch a service that will allow mobile users to program the recording of TV shows remotely over mobile phones, and eventually offer music services through the TV. I imagine this is the result of the Yahoo! and TiVo partnership that was announced back in November.

Yahoo! Go Desktop

Yahoo! Go Desktop brings a suite of services to personal computers that do not rely on a browser. The initial applications will be Yahoo! Widgets (formerly Konfabulator), a small widget engine that performs tasks for users like checking for the presence of a wireless network, and Yahoo! dashboard, which provides one-click access to Flickr photos, Yahoo! Messenger, news, web search, address book and calendar as well as blogs, photos and other items posted to Yahoo! 360 by friends.

My Thoughts

All in all, I believe Yahoo! Go Mobile is a monster of an idea and a great one at that. Yahoo! has got to have more than 500 million people going to their website each and every month, and their lives are locked into the PC browser. With Yahoo! Go Mobile, Yahoo! is literally trying to connect the whole internet to a device (of your choice) and a Yahoo! ID... providing a truly user-friendly experience. I give it two thumbs up!

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