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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