Well now, this looks good. It’s a kind one one-stop shop with both iOS and Android apps available. After all, Yahoo don’t have any obligations on the mobile platform so have decided to step up and create an app store that works across platforms. With future plans for Microsoft, BlackBerry and Samsung in the works this could prove to be very popular.
But is it any good? Well……..
There are some shortcomings or perhaps better described as limitations but then most app stores have these. The Yahoo App Search, as it is known has a slide show per category of app and then lists three categories beneath. These include Free Apps, Paid Apps and Highest Rated.
You can purchase the app from the App Search and send it directly to your mobile device. In the iPhone category it sends text message, as below and when you click on it, it takes you back to the Apple App Store to download. A little long winded but it works.
This is the on screen message you receive when you have purchased your app.
You can choose to view either iPhone or Android app sections at present. We’re not quite sure why Yahoo have called this section iPhone and not iOS as so many apps are universal now, but perhaps this might be changed – especially now that we have mentioned it.
Y! App Spot
You can also use App Spot to download apps directly from and onto your device. The app is free in the Apple App Store and it allows you to search through the various apps, view Yahoo’s ‘top picks’ and of course download them. We couldn’t locate an Android version of this app, strangely but maybe that’s en-route.
Nevertheless, an interesting move – we can’t wait to see how this one pans out – stay tuned for that…