Yahoo! announced at Mobile World Congress that they will unveiling a new Yahoo! Mobile Application for BlackBerry. The new application will include Opera mini included right in the app along with Yahoo! email, Pulse, Yahoo! Messenger, address book and calender. Keep an eye out for this new BlackBerry app to launch sometime in May 2009. Yahoo! will also feature a new version of the Yahoo! Mobile website is expected to launch in March 2009 with support for the BlackBerry Bold and Storm.
If your feeling up to a test and would like to enter to test out their closed beta head on over to mobile.yahoo.com from your BlackBerry browser and register.
Here’s a copy of the press release:
Introducing Yahoo!® Mobile – Your Starting Point to the Internet
Improving Consumers’ Ability to Use Their Phones to Discover, Stay Connected and Stay Informed
BARCELONA, Spain–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Yahoo! (NASDAQ:YHOO) today announced the upcoming launch of its new Yahoo! Mobile service – a highly-personalized mobile starting point to the Internet. Yahoo! Mobile will be available on the mobile Web, as an app developed for the Apple® iPhone™, and as an app developed for smartphones from Nokia®, RIM®, Samsung®, Sony Ericsson® and Motorola® as well as those powered by Windows Mobile®. Yahoo! Mobile initially will be available today through a managed beta program, with general availability expected in Q2 2009.
“We believe the new Yahoo! Mobile will transform the way millions of mobile users around the world will interact with the Internet,” said Marco Boerries, executive vice president, Yahoo! Inc. “Yahoo! Mobile will enable users to create their own Internet starting point on their mobile device so they can better discover, connect to and stay informed about the people and things that are important to them.”
With a rich design and interactivity that leverages the capabilities of today’s mobile devices, Yahoo! Mobile will offer an open environment within which consumers can bring together their favorite content and services from across the Internet. Consumers will be able to:
“Yahoo! Mobile represents significant and continued innovation by Yahoo! around creating a compelling and engaging user experience with mobile data services, and especially the mobile Internet,” notes Scott Ellison, VP Mobile and Wireless, IDC. “Rich and well-integrated offerings like Yahoo! Mobile, offered across a broad range of devices, will play central roles in the rapidly evolving mobile Internet space,” he added.
KEY FEATURES OF YAHOO! MOBILE
The mobile Web and iPhone™ versions of Yahoo! Mobile are planned to include the following features:
The smartphone version of Yahoo! Mobile will include the above functionality, plus:
AVAILABILITY OF YAHOO! MOBILE
A managed beta program for Yahoo! Mobile has started today. Consumers interested in participating should enter http://mobile.yahoo.com into their phone’s browser.
Details on the upcoming general public release for Yahoo! Mobile are as follows:
For the mobile Web:
At launch, each version of Yahoo! Mobile is planned to be available for the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, India, Indonesia and the Philippines. Versions for other countries will roll out over the remainder of 2009.