Google’s Android Market, Amazon’s Appstore for Android and other lesser known outlets, specialized websites and carrier-specific app bazaars are all nice venues to discover software for your Android device, but they’re far from perfect – especially if you access them directly on your device.
Not surprisingly, Google and Microsoft wouldn’t drill through their index in order to create a dedicated search page for mobile warez so Yahoo! took it upon themselves to fill the void (after all, they don’t have a mobile platform of their own to protect). Today, Yahoo! unveiled new search tools that help seek apps for your Android device easier than ever before. The initiative consists of a dedicated search engine called Yahoo! App Search and a mobile app dubbed Yahoo! AppSpot which is so far available only for iOS devices (Android version is in the works)
The new site combs through standard app descriptors, but also introduces personalized recommendations, rich categories to narrow down that search query, as well as user reviews on the web, ratings and so forth. Yahoo! is also indexing iPhone apps on the App Store and plans on adding other content stores in the future, including tablet apps for iPad, web apps for Facebook, Twitter and other services. They might also widen the scope to include mobile application stores from Research in Motion, Samsung and Nokia.
Cross-posted on 9to5Mac.com