Mobile searchers have another resource at their fingertips, this time in the form of Yahoo’s updated iPhone app, which now includes voice-recognition search capabilities. Yahoo’s oneSearch functions much like the Google iPhone app: users press a button and verbalize what they’re looking for — and hope it understands British accents.
Yahoo’s iPhone app consolidates everything you need from the group: news, mail, messenger, video, and so on. With its new voice search function, Yahoo’s app is now almost exactly like Google’s, so the choice to download one or the other is now a question of brand loyalty and where your Web e-mail address is hosted.
The upgrade comes in the shadow of Yahoo’s decision to abandon an application that stretches across all smartphones. The company decided to focus its efforts on the iPhone and the mobile Web browser experience rather than crafting all-in-one apps for individual smartphones.