Yahoo!’s New Mobile App Has Summaries Powered By Summly’s Natural-Language Algorithms

Posted Apr 22, 2013

Yahoo! has launched an update of their mobile app that uses Summly’s natural language algorithms and machine learning to delivery summaries of stories.  Yahoo! acquired Summly last month for $30 million.  The acquisition was widely publicized since the founder of Summly is a teenager that powered the app using technology licensed from another company.

To activate the summaries powered by Summly, you will need to go into the Settings section of the app and select the “Visual” mode. The headlines and summaries will be placed on top of an enlarged thumbnail related to the article.

“Because searching for great content is also core to the Yahoo! experience, we?ve also improved the search experience with better video and image search,” said Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer on the Yahoo! Blog.

When clicking on stories that you are interested in, you will be able to select more of the topics that you want to see and less than what you are not interested in.  When logged into Yahoo!, the choices you make are saved across multiple devices.  The more that you use Yahoo!, the more relevant the content will be on mobile devices and the desktop.