Yahoo builds app to search for new smartphone apps

Yahoo builds app to search for new smartphone apps

Summary: Undoubtedly, most of us have heard the phrase, "There's an app for that," whether it be serious or just in jest. But finding the app with the functionality we're looking for might not be easy. Now Yahoo has an app for that.

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Undoubtedly, most of us have heard the phrase, "There's an app for that," whether it be serious or just in jest. But finding the app with the functionality we're looking for might not be easy. Now Yahoo has an app for that.

In fact, Yahoo has built two apps for different platforms with the purpose of searching for iOS and Android apps. Both programs are touted as special (at least more than just search directly from a regular app store) as instead of promoting top selling apps first and foremost, Yahoo's apps will offer personalized suggestions and "more precise results" based on matching app titles and related keywords.

The first one is Yahoo! App Search on the PC, which is a desktop-based program that is relatively straightforward. In fact, it works much like any other mobile app store such as the one seen in iTunes as well as the Android Market and the Amazon Appstore for Android.

However, Yahoo! App Search not charge the user but rather leads him/her to the source of the app, whether that be the iTunes App Store or the Android Market. Yahoo! also provides a QR code when applicable and the option to send the link directly to the user's mobile device.

Then there's the second option: Yahoo! AppSpot, a mobile search app for the iPhone, iPod touch and Android smartphones. This option is also free to use and works much like the desktop version. However, remember that when downloading apps on a smartphone, it could eat up your data plan when connected via 3G/4G.

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Topics: Social Enterprise, Hardware, Mobility, Smartphones

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