For those of you who are looking for an Android app that lets you quickly scan news snippets, Yahoo’s latest Summly-integrated app could be the answer. The app is a result of Yahoo’s recent $30 million acquisition of Summly from a British teenager named Nick D’ Aloisio.
Yahoo recently updated its iOS app by integrating Summly. The Summly-powered Android app is much like the iPhone app, created for the purpose of providing summaries of news stories from around the web to simplify reading on small mobile screens. The app delivers short news snippets with images, so you get a gist of the story.
The interface has also been renewed to resemble the theme of Yahoo’s recently overhauled Mail app. The web tab plus video and image search tabs have been updated for better search results and more user-friendliness.
Apart from providing a quick glance of the latest news stories, the Yahoo app lets you share stories – the diverse range of topics you come across will definitely prompt you to share content via Twitter, Facebook and other Android apps. You can also personalize content. In other words, you can filter topics of interest by scrolling down to the end of a summary and checking or unchecking topics based on your interest. The app maintains your preferences across all devices you use and shows more relevant content as you continue using it.
You can download the app for free from Google Play Store for devices operating on Android 2.2 onwards. It is a great way to quickly scan news items, but right now, the updated version of Yahoo’s app is available only to U.S. residents.