A major update to Yahoo! Mail for iOS brings mail, news, and much more together in one app. The update includes new sections tabs called News and Today. Now you can catch up with the news without leaving the Yahoo! Mail app.
The Today tab is Yahoo!’s attempt at emulating features found in Google Now. Yahoo! says you’ll find “the information you care about most every day” for things like weather, sports scores, and stock prices.
It’s unclear whether Yahoo! is using the same email scanning technology that Google uses for Google Now. By scanning emails, Yahoo! Mail could offer up personalized information in the Today tab without users asking for it.
Yahoo! Mail offers relevant information in the Today tab by pulling information from other Yahoo! sites. For example, if you favorite a sports team on Yahoo! Sports, that team’s scores will show up. The same applies to stocks you favorite in Yahoo! Finance. The News section works similarly by offering stories based on your digest preferences.
The updated Yahoo! Mail app will begin rolling out over the next couple of weeks to iPhone and iPod touch users.
Update: The story has been updated to reflect how Yahoo! Mail personalizes information in the News and Today sections.
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