Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) Aviate Takes On Google Now With ‘Smart Stream’
Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) has upped its game in the digital assistant space with an Aviate update that now offers a Google Now equivalent called Smart Stream. The company has launched the feature for Android handsets, but there doesn’t seem to be immediate plans to bring it to tablets. Yahoo said that Smart Stream is currently only available in the U.S. for those who run Android 4.1 or newer versions.
Digital assistant war
With Smart Stream, Yahoo looks ready to cause a disruption in the digital assistant scene, where Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) are playing for each other’s blood. In their latest developer assembly, both Google and Apple surfaced updates to their digital assistant tools Google Now and Siri, respectively. Apple takes the game further by claiming that its enriched personal assistant feature doesn’t intrude in user’s privacy, hitting Google where it is likely to hurt most. Google makes money by selling ads, and that mostly means trying to understand much about its users to deliver better ad services.
Yahoo’s Smart Stream brings just the relevant information right to your phone’s home screen, and it does it in an amazing way. Smart Stream is able to understand your activities and time of the day to give just the right type of information.
If it is lunchtime and you are walking around town, Smart Stream will show you a list of nearby restaurants where you can have a meal. The feature will also show you live scores from a sporting event so that you can be updated at all times.
Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO)’s Smart Stream also serves music such that when you plug in your headphones, the feature surfaces music apps.
Only in the U.S., but available in India
Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) said that the latest update to Aviate that introduced Smart Stream would only be available to its U.S. users, but it seems it has spilled to India. For now, Yahoo isn’t bringing Smart Stream to tablet devices, only on smartphones.
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