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Aviate’s contribution to the Android platform is acutely significant. The launcher offers a unique and smarter experience, granting organization tools and smart features that no competitor can match. The app’s distinctive nature was made more apparent after being acquired by Yahoo.

While the Aviate team moved to Yahoo, it was promised the original project would not come to an end, which is quite apparent now. The Aviate launcher has officially exited its beta stage and is now available for everyone. Invites are no longer necessary, and the deal is sweetened by some outstanding new features.

Of course, Aviate now puts Yahoo’s services front and center, but the team has also patched together some great improvements that should make certain actions funner and simpler. These include a Favorite People section, an improved calendar and what they call “Daily Delight” (a series of features that will customize to your daily usage).

Favorite People

Aviate makes it easier to call or text your contacts by simply swiping up from your home screen. We take such basic functions for granted, but this may be one of those new features you test and wonder how you lived without it for so long… as simple as it is.

Calendar

The calendar functions have been improved. Yahoo also acquired Donna, an intelligent calendar app. Its features have been included in Aviate. You can now call a cab or start a call directly from the calendar app, for example.

Daily Delight

Labeled with a catchy title, this addition to the “What’s New” section in the Google Play Store app page. It includes “a lightweight sleep-tracker, daily images for your homescreen, alerts for unexpected weather and a twice-daily news digests”.

Download

As already mentioned, this app is now free for anyone to use. You can download Yahoo Aviate Launcher straight from the Google Play Store. It’s completely free, so give it a try!