Yahoo! TimeTraveler iOS App Create Easy-to-follow Trip Plans; Launches New Open App Development Kit (ADK) for Internet-capable TVs

Yahoo! TimeTraveler app is bringing a new travel experience to the mobile devices. Available for iPhone and iPod touch, the app aimed to help people who find themselves in a new city with a few hours or more to explore the city. "Yahoo! TimeTraveler works for 29 cities around the world, including Amsterdam, Chicago, Dubai, […]

Yahoo! TimeTraveler app is bringing a new travel experience to the mobile devices. Available for iPhone and iPod touch, the app aimed to help people who find themselves in a new city with a few hours or more to explore the city.

"Yahoo! TimeTraveler works for 29 cities around the world, including Amsterdam, Chicago, Dubai, London, Paris and Rome among others. For international destinations, it's easy to save the travel itineraries prior to traveling (and access later) to avoid international data charges," Yahoo said.

Sharing a trip with friends is easy via email, Twitter, Facebook. People can also publish trip plans on Yahoo! Travel (http://travel.yahoo.com) with a direct link.

The app creates a trip plan, directions and a map to guide the way through the coolest parts of the city - from museums, cafes, restaurants, and even off-the-beaten path spots. It features curated travel information and gorgeous imagery from Yahoo! Travel, pulls metadata, including location and time stamps, from Flickr, and also integrates nicely with Yahoo! Search, as well.

Yahoo! TimeTraveler app for iPhoneYahoo! TimeTraveler iPhone App: Create a trip

Yahoo! TimeTraveler iPad App: Start TourYahoo! TimeTraveler iPod App: Map

  • Start location
  • End location
  • Trip duration up to 10 hours
  • Integrated map support with routing and directions
  • Ability to generate multiple trip plans for one or more cities
  • Ability to share trip plan via email, Facebook and Twitter

Download the Yahoo! TimeTraveler App for free from the App Store.

Also, Yahoo Connected TV team is rolling out the newest version of its App Development Kit (ADK), in addition to open source availability of its device communication library for Android devices on GitHub.

The company first launched, the Open App Development Kit (ADK) for Internet-capable TVs back in 2009.

The new ADK let developers connect their mobile and connected TV apps, supported by two-way messaging between the devices through Yahoo's device communication protocol. That way, developers can build apps for smart phones and tablets that recognize what users are watching or games that are being played on the TV.

The ADK aims to take advantage of new features that will be available in the most recent group of TVs with the Yahoo platform installed. Those TVs, which were demoed at CES 2012, come from Sony. There's also the chance that older TVs with the Yahoo software in them could get the features, but firmware upgrades are rolled out at the manufacturer's discretion.

To speed app development, Yahoo has open sourced a library of communications tools, which developers can use to build up and customize their own apps. For now, the library is only available for Android developers, although the company is looking to soon release a comparable offering for iOS devices, according to Ron Jacoby, chief architect and VP of Yahoo Connected TV.

"During our hands-on training, we also showed developers our new open source Device Communication tools and libraries for Android published on Github, for writing mobile apps that connect in to our Emmy Award Winning Yahoo! Connected TV platform," Yahoo said.

Also, Yahoo released the Yahoo! Connected TV Mobile App on Android on Google Play store that delivers second screen interactivity to owners of 2012 Sony Bravia EX 40, 46 and 55 inch TVs today including:

Yahoo! Connected TV Android App

  • Flipping Yahoo! videos from a smart phone to their big screen TV
  • Sending web page URLs from their TV to their phone's Web browser so they can peruse them close up
  • Use their tablet and phone touch screens (rather than limited remote control buttons) to find, launch and navigate around their favorite TV apps, including finding news, playing games, interacting with social networks, viewing sports information or shopping.

Here is the app demonstration:

Also, Yahoo! has announced the discontinuation its personalized digital newsstand app, "Livestand for iPad."

"While we received great feedback on Livestand's design and it earned a 4-star rating in the App Store, we committed ourselves to continuously measure and scrutinize what's working and what isn't. We have learned a lot from Livestand and are actively applying those insights toward the development of future products that are better aligned with Yahoo!'s holistic mobile strategy," The Livestand Team said.