Yahoo adds “App Search” feature


Yahoo may be losing a lot of ground in terms of search engine marketshare, but it isn’t going to go down quietly. They’ve just added a tab to their search engine allowing users to search for Android Market and the Apple App Store applications.

After performing a search, you can filter results by category, as well as a free or paid option. Once you select an app, you can install it by having a text sent to your phone with a link, via a QR code or by going to the Market/App Store. Yahoo is also pulling in the reviews from the Market/App Store, while at the same time offering Yahoo users an opportunity to give their own feedback in Yahoo.

Honestly, I can’t imagine why anyone would ever use it. It’s not an alternative store, meaning you would have to download from the Android Market, itself. All I can make out, though, is that the “trending” section on the right hand side seems a bit flawed. Only 3 of the 10 apps listed there have a Yahoo user’s review, with Angry Birds (it’s still trending?) accounting for 9 of the 11 reviews I counted.

How Yahoo is judging if an app is trending isn’t clear at this point. It probably has to do with search terms. But personally, I have a sneaky feeling those spots might have been bought or are curated.

Raveesh Bhalla
Multifaceted too the highest degree: I'm the co-founder of Apps Culture (an app development studio), an amateur golfer, former sport-blogger, now a tech blogger. And all this, while pursuing an undergrad degree in Computer Science in India.

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  1. This seems like deja vu. 
    I’m pretty sure I’ve read something similar before… 

  2. Bout to say the same thing….

  3. Yahoooooo, is old school…I would hate to see them fall. But, seeing somany things fall of all kinds…their death could be around the corner.

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