Yahoo Opens Mobile Communications with oneConnect

Yahoo claims to be reinventing mobile communications with its new Yahoo oneConnect mobile social network service. As the name suggests, oneConnect aggregates Yahoo’s e-mail, IM, text messaging and social networks and puts them all on the new Yahoo Go mobile portal.
MocoNews reports that Yahoo built oneConnect on an open platform, which means that users can communicate across various messaging services, including the ones from AOL, Google and Microsoft.

Yahoo plans to launch the service next quarter.

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Yahoo oneConnect will include the following features:

Socially connected address book: Enable users to integrate activity from popular social networks, professional networks and communities into their address book, keeping it always in sync. Consumers will be able to view status updates, photo uploads and the recent activity (“pulse”) of contacts across all their networks.

Integrated mobile messaging: Offer seamless integration of IM and SMS, including threaded conversations. Any messaging service will be able to use Yahoo oneConnect’s open APIs to plug into the application’s messaging feature, enabling consumers to access a wide range of popular services, such as Yahoo Messenger, Google Talk, AOL Instant Messenger and MSN Messenger.

Status: Give consumers the capability to view their contacts by their most recent status updates on popular social networks, as well as update their own status on their favorite social networks – in one easy step – and automatically broadcast it to their friends.

Pulse: Provide consumers the functionality to see a dynamic overview of what friends are up to, including recent photos, their status, profile updates and recommendations based on their most recent actions on popular social networks.

Favorites: Keep the people consumers interact with most at their fingertips. Users will be able to set up messaging shortcuts to make reaching out as quick as possible.

Social contact card: Allow users to aggregate the most relevant information on any given contact, including archives of past communications, detailed pulse history and one-click ways to initiate communication.

Innovative location-sensing technology: Provide new ways to locate, chat with and exchange contact information with nearby Yahoo oneConnect users. Proximity alerts will notify consumers when a contact enters their vicinity.

An open communications platform: Give users the functionality to communicate via multiple communications tools, such as IM, SMS and social networks. Widgets will provide users the capability to access their e-mail across major e-mail providers, such as Yahoo Mail, MSN Hotmail, Gmail and AOL Mail. Additionally, Yahoo is in discussions with DataViz, a company that allows mobile users to access their corporate Microsoft Exchange e-mail accounts and Microsoft Office, documents, to work together on widget versions of its RoadSynch and Documents To Go applications.