During Yahoo’s press conference at CES this week, Yahoo’s CEO Marissa Mayer announced that they had just acquired Aviate. Which was an Android home screen replacement, which was still in beta. It was a very Google Now-esque home screen, which a few of our writers here at Android Headlines are sporting on their various devices. It’s actually a really nice home screen replacement or launcher. Which made us have mixed feelings about Yahoo buying them. But after seeing what they did with Yahoo Weather, maybe it’s a good thing?
One of TechCrunch’s sources is reporting this evening that Yahoo paid $80 million for Aviate. Now that’s a pretty steep price for an app that has only been around for a few months, and is still in beta. The source didn’t have any other details about the amount. Regardless, that’s a pretty impressive price for a young startup that raised a $1.8 million Series A less than a year ago. Yahoo and Aviate have both declined to comment on the matter.
Yahoo has been buying up a lot of companies since Marissa Mayer took over as CEO. Many of you may remember Yahoo purchasing Tumblr last year. They also acquired content delivery network PeerCDN. During her keynote at CES this week, Mayer did state that the technology that Aviate uses will allow Yahoo to deliver content in “smarter and more personalized” ways on Android phones. No word about iOS, or the future of Aviate. But it sounds like Yahoo is just going to swallow up their developers and no more updates for Aviate, which would suck. But I am interested in seeing what happens with Yahoo and Aviate in the near future.
How many of you are surprised that Yahoo paid so much for Aviate, if true? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.