The initial yield of Yahoo's $30 million acquisition of Summly is now on display. The company relaunched its flagship app for iPhone and iPod touch devices Monday morning, which uses Summly's artifical intelligence and natural language processing algorithms to deliver short summaries beneath story headlines.
The home screen of the app still displays thumbnails and headlines in a stripped-down — and frankly, ugly — format by default (below left). Switch to "Visual" mode in settings, and you'll be treated to the new Summly experience: Headlines and summaries laid over a blown-up thumbnail background (below right). You can specify your section and topic preferences under settings as well — a bid to make your Yahoo news experience more "personalized."
Yahoo said in a press release that it has improved the app's video and image web search functionality as well.
This is the latest in a string of updates to Yahoo's mobile products. The company released a standalone weather app as well as an update to its mail app last week.