During today’s Yahoo event at CES 2014, they announced that they had acquired popular up-and-coming Android launcher Aviate. Aviate has set a blazing trail, due primarily to its smart, context aware layouts, and of course, a clean design aesthetic. Just as Google Now provides context and location aware information, so does Aviate, right on your homescreen.
Aviate achieves this witchcraft by tracking usage patterns, and automatically categorises applications on your Android device based on context (including WiFi, GPS, time of day and accelerometer). By doing so, Aviate is able to give you a home-screen that fits a layout required for lounging around at home, commuting to and from work, surviving the office and getting around on the weekends to restaurants and nightspots. In short, the more you use it, the better it becomes.
We don’t know what changes lie around the corner for Aviate, but one thing we do know is this — the fairly limited beta program has been extended, and the first 25,000 people who use the sign-up code YAHOO can try Aviate right now.