Yahoo drops support for several smartphone apps

2012 has just started but already there have been major changes over at Yahoo. The company got a new CEO in former PayPal president Scott Thompson and a few days later its co-founder Jerry Yang announced his resignation from Yahoo. Now Yahoo has announced that it will be discontinuing support for a number of its smartphone apps.

The announcement came in the form of a blog post where the list of discontinued apps and their platforms was revealed:

  • Yahoo! Meme (iPad and iPhone)
  • Yahoo! Mim (iPad)
  • Yahoo! Answers (Android)
  • Yahoo! AppSpot (Android and iPhone)
  • Yahoo! Deals (iPhone)
  • Yahoo! Finance (BlackBerry)
  • Yahoo! Movies (Android)
  • Yahoo! News (Android)
  • Yahoo! Shopping (iPhone)
  • Yahoo! Sketch-a-Search (iPad and iPhone)

The blog post added that some key features in the AppSpot and Sketch-a-Search apps will be put into the Yahoo Search app.

Even with the shut down of all these apps, Yahoo insists it will be making a big push into the smartphone space in 2012, saying:

We’re moving forward with a “mobile first” mindset. You can expect to see more new Yahoo! mobile products in 2012, especially in areas ripe for innovation that build on Yahoo!’s strengths, such as companion experiences for TV like IntoNow, new ways to experience personalized media like Livestand, and some of our most popular and useful mobile apps like Yahoo! Mail, Messenger, Sportacular and Flickr, which are already being used by millions of people around the world. And we’ll be building these experiences with disruptive technology that’s going to change the mobile game well beyond Yahoo!.

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This doesn't really effect me much because the only yahoo app that I use is one they are putting more effort into apparently, IntoNow.

Alittle surprised that they shutdown Yahoo! News. Unless they are going to roll it up into another app later on..

Was looking for yahoo Mail in that list - Im going to find it hard as hell to get away from my Yahoo address which Ive had since 2002 but there comes a point where they are just not competitive anymore. Once again Yahoo you get to live another month on my Android, even if your app is buggy as hell.

I honestly don't see why they would need all of these apps anyway if they have mobile sites that will work on all of these platforms. it makes more sense for them to target that.

I was disapointed with Yahoo answers on Android. All it was, was a wrapper for the mobile site. It wasnt really an "app" persay.

neufuse said,
didn't evne know half those existed

at least they fixed the yahoo mail app. had to uninstall it in december. yahoo messenger never a problem... but brother with his droid x I guess it doesn't work. we both have androids.