On March 19th, Yahoo Japan announced it’s new smartphone app, “SmartSearch“. “While how people use mobile devices, especially smartphones, and how people search have changed over time, the web search services and the result pages haven’t changed”, Yahoo said. This app is a step into providing the better search experience for smartphone users by shifting the concept of the search activities from “search” to “discovery”.
From what I’ve read and saw, this is not for people who want to find sites/pages with the information. This is for people who want to browse through the result pages to see the things trending or happening. The result pages seem to be the destination page, and not a bridge to the external sites. It’s a completely different search, umm, discovery experience.
At this time, the app is only available for iPhone from Apple’s App Store. They plan to release iPad version and Android version of app in near future.