A deep dive on Shortcuts: Get around faster!

Do you have a favorite playlist you’re always jamming out to or a website you visit daily? Turn it into a Shortcut! With Shortcuts on Yahoo Aviate, you get one-tap access to all the contacts, websites, directions, playlists, or GDrive folders you want!

Just swipe to your A-Z Apps and tap the arrow in the top-right corner to see a list of Shortcuts you can make.

 

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Some useful Shortcuts include:

  • Bookmark - for your favorite websites

  • Playlist - listen to your top tunes

  • Email - access specific email folders

  • Drive - review notes and other cloud files

After you create a Shortcut, it’ll be added to your A-Z Apps screen. There, you can hold and drag to add it to any screen. Shortcuts can be added to Spaces like  “Work” or “Listening” so you have access to your favorite apps the moment you need them.

 

That’s it! Go forth and Shortcut the world!

 By Tim Su, Engineer for Aviate @ Yahoo


PS. If you have any great Shortcut ideas, tweet us @Aviate!

#CreAviator: Inspiring Beautiful Homescreens

We’re excited to announce the start of our weekly #CreAviator series!

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Here, you’ll find the coolest homescreens sourced right from the Yahoo Aviate community. Besides providing you with useful information throughout the day, organizing your apps, and making your daily habits a breeze, you can personalize Aviate with gorgeous homescreen images and slick icon packs.

In the following weeks you’ll see a few homescreens that have taken customization to the next level along with suggestions of how you can up your Yahoo Aviate game. Want your homescreen to be featured? Post it to our Facebook page or tweet @YahooAviate with the hashtag #CreAviator.

We’ll be in touch.

Get Flyin’

-The Aviate Crew

Yahoo Aviate now available on Gingerbread!

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The wait is over! We’re excited to announce that Yahoo Aviate now supports Gingerbread (Android 2.3) and above*.

Yahoo Aviate is an intelligent homescreen that anticipates your daily habits and connects you with information and applications you need at the moment they’re most useful. Read more about our recent launch here.

Some of the highlights include:

Favorite People:

  • Quickly access your top contacts from your homescreen.

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Go Fourth! It’s Independence Day.

Independence Day is upon us! There are pool parties to be had, burgers to be grilled, and a whole lot of red, white and blue to be worn. Check out a couple Aviate tips and features that will help you navigate the chaos and celebration of America’s 238th birthday.

Fourth of July party?

Keep track of the day’s festivities with the Calendar feature in your Today Space. You’ll see all your event details, and it’ll only take a tap to get location information or call an Uber to get you there. Any unexpected weather conditions will also be highlighted in your Today Space, so you’re fully prepared for the day.

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Fourth of July playlist?

No need to fumble through your phone for music. Take nine hours to build the perfect playlist and keep it handy with Listening Space! Aviate will automatically open Listening Space when you plug in an aux cord (or your headphones). You can add your favorite music widgets to Listening Space or hold and drag to add your favorite music apps.

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Fourth of July memories?

Pics, or it didn’t happen. To make sure you document your Independence Day highlights, take advantage of our photo app recommendations! Just swipe to your Collections and tap the arrow in the top-right corner of your Photography Collection. After it expands, tap the gray “Suggested Apps” square, and you’ll see a top-rated photo app you can add. Or, check out additional app recommendations by swiping over the dialogue.

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We hope Aviate can help make this day an easy one to remember and enjoy. Happy Independence Day! Be safe and be good.

- The Aviate Crew

Customize your Yahoo Aviate with Icon Packs

If you’re an Android user big into customizations, you might already be familiar with the concept of icon packs - downloadable themes that stylize the icons on your phone. There are tons to choose from, so you’re sure to find an icon pack that fits your style. And they’re supported by Yahoo Aviate!

To install an icon pack, make sure you’re updated to the latest version of Aviate in Google Play. Next, swipe to your Spaces menu and tap “Settings.” Here you can tap “Set Icon Pack” to load an icon pack or download a new one.

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Aviate + Uber + Google I/O Sweetness!

It’s been an exciting week for the Aviate community. Google I/O starts today and the tech world, including the Aviate team, is awaiting the latest Android announcements and innovations.

To celebrate all-things-Android, we’ve teamed up with Uber to make your I/O experience sweet and simple:

$20 off your first ride with Uber using “GETAVIATE” code

One of the newest features in Yahoo Aviate is our super smart calendar. Now, if you have Uber installed on your phone, Aviate will let you “Call Uber” with one tap so you can get to your destination.

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Knowing first-hand how hard it can be to get around SF during big events like I/O, we’ve teamed up with Uber for a one-time promotion from today through Sunday, June 29.

All new Uber Android signups that use the code “GETAVIATE” (or text the code to 827-222) will get their first ride free - up to $20.

Lastly, if you happen to be in San Francisco on June 25, we’ll also have a few Aviators passing out sweet treats during the lunch and afternoon breaks outside Moscone Center. Come grab a cupcake and celebrate the sweetness of being part of the Android community!

GETAVIATE and hope to see you at I/O!

Yahoo Aviate: The Intelligent Homescreen that Simplifies Your Phone

By Mark Daiss, Product Manager

We created Aviate to connect you with the information you need at the moment it’s useful. Since joining Yahoo in January, we’ve learned a lot from our beta user community about how to deliver a simple, intelligent mobile experience. Today, we’re psyched to launch globally as Yahoo Aviate, available for Android phones in English (no invitation needed!).

Yahoo Aviate simplifies everything about your phone. It starts with a clean, new layout and apps automatically organized for you. But it’s not just about making your phone simpler - Aviate also makes your phone smarter by offering intelligent information throughout your day. Whether you’re on the go, at work, at a restaurant or just relaxing at home, Aviate automatically shows you apps and information that are useful to you based on what you’re up to.

For those of you who already know us, check out what’s new:

A Smarter Way to Organize Your Day:

Some of the most exciting updates were built by the Incredible Labs team, who joined Yahoo in February. Using machine learning and predictive technologies, we’ve made Aviate even better at anticipating the information you need at each point in your day:

  • Dress for the Weather: Get prepared with an alert if the weather is different from yesterday - significantly cooler or warmer, or if it’s more likely to rain or snow.
  • Work Smarter: Connect to conference calls with a single tap (no more typing out conference codes!) and easily email everyone in the meeting if you’re running late.
  • Get Around: On your way to work? Aviate will estimate commute time, taking traffic into consideration. Heading out to dinner with friends? Aviate makes it simple to call an Uber to get there.

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More of Your Daily Habits:

Yahoo Aviate isn’t just an app. As your mobile homebase, it’s the last thing you check at night and the first thing you look at when you wake up in the morning (especially if you take advantage of our new “track your sleep” feature!). That’s why there’s one-swipe access to daily habits like your alarm clock, weather, your day’s calendar, and a twice-daily news summary.

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And Now, Your Favorite People:

Aviate automatically pulls your most popular contacts into a list of “Favorites”. Now, call or text your favorite people with a simple swipe up from the homescreen.

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We’ve only started to explore how your phone can make your life easier by anticipating what you need. We want to give a heart-felt thank you to our beta community of testers for your enthusiasm and all the feedback that’s helped us make Yahoo Aviate into the product we love today.

Download Yahoo Aviate to see how much simpler (and smarter) your phone can be.