After officially announcing to the entire world its decision not to continue supporting Messenger desktop app; Yahoo on Tuesday launched a new app called Radar. Radar is a travel app for iOS with a chatbot-like assistant.
The app acts as a smart travel guide; offering loads of suggestions and recommendations to help travelers plan their trips ahead of time. Designed to work along with Yahoo Mail, the app can also be used to pull trip itineraries, bookings, and other information that has to do with traveling.
The Yahoo Radar app is fascinating for a lot of reasons. First, it taps into your email inbox to surface trip you have saved. The app arranges your travel events such as car reservations, hotel reservations and flight bookings.
“Whether you’re planning a trip or want to try something different in your hometown, this [Radar] iPhone app brings you the best results, gleaned from across the web, and combines Yahoo’s expertise in search, communications and content to help you explore the next U.S. city of choice,” wrote Conrad Wai, Yahoo’s VP of Product Management.
Want to have a feel of top restaurants around a city you intend to visit? Yahoo Radar enables you to discover and “check out what dishes other diners found worth raving about.” Uniqueness is one of the attributes of every traveler—the Yahoo Radar app enables you to filter recommendations based on your preferences and month of travel.
Yahoo has partnered with popular online travel companies like TripAdvisor and Yelp to provide users of the app with travel information. For example, users will be able to access information like top restaurants and must-see sights. Want some travel tips from fellow travelers? Radar offers you an opportunity to get tips from other travelers who use the app, reports TechCrunch. One big reservation some users might have about Yahoo Radar is the fact that the app cannot be used for making reservations.
Radar could have passed as one of several other travel apps, but for the addition of a chatbot-like interface for interactions. This makes the app even more attractive to users as the virtual travel assistant can be launched at any time the need arises. However, the bot button would have been more helpful to users if Yahoo added ability to make reservations to the app. Perhaps, future updates will address that as an issue as we believe that the app is still evolving.
How to use Radar
Using Radar is quite easy—simply sign in with your Yahoo Mail email address, and the app will quickly organize information such as your flight, hotel, and rental car confirmation receipts in the inbox.
Don’t have a Yahoo Mail? Well, that seems to have been taken care of as Yahoo said its Radar app can also link to Gmail, Outlook, AOL or Hotmail addresses. However, any account other than Yahoo Mail must have to be connected with it first before Radar can surface data required to provide you information you need.
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