Yahoo Mobile Apps Get Local News, Commenting

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Yahoo announced updates to its Android and iOS apps, adding local news, comments, and a new side-swiping navigation interface.

"Want to know more about what’s going on around you? Today we’re bringing local news to your fingertips with the Yahoo App," says senior product manager Matthew Wee. "As you move around the country, you’ll be able to see what’s going on in your area. And that’s not all: swipe left to right to get more news, customize your categories to immerse yourself in content you care most about, and comment on stories when you want to get more involved."

"Once again, we’ve listened to your feedback and today we’re bringing you one of the most requested features - comments!" he adds. "Now, you can engage with other Yahoo App readers and react directly to the content that interests you. Participate in the conversation and share your opinion with others, vote on people’s comments to let them know how you feel, or just read them to get a sense for what other users are saying about a topic. Comments let you really explore all aspects of a category."

The side-swipe navigation lets you move between personalized news, local news, Yahoo digital magazines like Yahoo Tech and Yahoo Style, and categories like World, Business, Sports, Science, etc. The order in which all of this appears can be customized.

The updates are currently available via the App Store and Google Play.

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