Users who have embraced Android as their phone OS but have not yet adopted Gmail have a reason to smile today. Yahoo! has announced the release of not one, not two, but Android applications to make the lives of Yahoo! Android users a little bit easier.
Yahoo! mail for Android
Yahoo! mail for Android allows users to easily set up their Yahoo! mail accounts to provide push email services to their Android devices. Prior to this application, users would have to go through the email application and set up their Yahoo! mail using POP/SMTP settings, a process which is Greek to our less tech-savvy Android friends. With the Yahoo! mail for Android app, simply enter in your username and password, and you’re taken straight to your inbox, and receive push notifications as soon as email arrives.
The Yahoo! Mail interface is fairly clean, though it feels very “iPhone-y.” Now, that isn’t necessarily a problem for me, and I actually enjoy the way the Yahoo! app looks and feels, but this iPhonization of some Android applications have been very hit or miss with the Android community. Some love the look and feel, others have adamantly opposed this iPhonization.
All gripes about the UI aside, the Yahoo! mail application is put together very well, and is sure to satisfy you Android users out there who are still using Yahoo!’s mail service. Best of all, the price is right (free).
Yahoo! Messenger for Android
Though several clients exist that allow Yahoo! messenger users to use this IM service on their Android phones, a native Yahoo! messenger app is sure to be welcomed by the Yahoo! community (the Yahoomunity!?). Assuming you’ve set up your Yahoo! mail credentials, your log-in information will automatically save in the Yahoo! messenger app for easy log-in. Once you’ve logged into both services, the Yahoo! mail app allows you to launch the messenger application right from the settings, and vice versa.
The services feel like they belong together, which makes sense as they were likely designed by the same time with tight integration in mind. The Yahoo! messenger application itself does exactly what you’d expect it to do, and it does the job well.
The Yahoo! search application is simply meant to be a Google search widget replacement for your homescreen. The widget looks almost identical to the Google search widget with the only real difference being the big Y! logo instead of the big G logo. Perfect for you Yahoo! users who simply can’t get rid of your beloved Yahoo! search capabilities.
Since I was my only Yahoo! friend on my buddy list, and the fact that I had 970 unread emails in my Yahoo! inbox (which I haven’t used in about 3 years), I think it’s safe to say that I probably won’t be using these services, but would highly recommend that you Yahooligans! download immediately. Both applications are free, and can be found on the market with a simple search for Yahoo! or by scanning the QR codes above.Show Press Release
SUNNYVALE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In continuing to develop leading mobile products and services that reach a broad audience across multiple platforms, Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO – News) today expanded the reach of its industry-leading services with the immediate availability of Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! Messenger apps for Android as well as a Yahoo! Search Widget for Android.
Leveraging the latest HTML5 technology, Yahoo! is also debuting faster and richer Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! News sites for iPhone and iPod Touch. These new mobile products will provide the hundreds of millions of loyal consumers who rely on Yahoo! Mail, Messenger, Search, and News with seamless, integrated experiences on their mobile devices.
“Yahoo! keeps more than 600 million consumers around the world connected to the people and things that matter to them most — wherever and whenever they want,” said David Ko, senior vice president, Americas, Audience, Mobile, and Local for Yahoo!. “With the availability of our world-class Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! Messenger apps for Android and by harnessing the latest in HTML5, we’re making it easier than ever for consumers to access fast, reliable, and feature-rich Yahoo! experiences across some of the fastest growing platforms in the market.”
Easy Access to Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! Messenger on Android
With a visually stunning interface as well as new functionality and other enhancements optimized for the Android platform, the Yahoo! apps for Android provide more than 300 million Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! Messenger users with the best communication experience for easily accessing and sharing information on Android phones.
The Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! Messenger Android apps are available globally as free downloads available in the Android Market, supporting OS 2.0 or newer.
With the new Yahoo! Mail App for Android, consumers can:
- Receive push notification of new email messages
- Send emails to contacts from the Yahoo! Address Book as well as to contacts in the native phone address book
- Search email messages by sender, recipient, subject and keywords
- Upload photos as attachments directly from the phone’s camera or the photo gallery
- View and download attachments
- Insert emoticons and rich text formatting into emails
- Effectively manage and organize their Yahoo! Mail messages, folders, and spam
- Easily toggle between the Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! Messenger apps
In addition to providing a robust consumer experience, the Yahoo! Mail app for Android offers advertisers an opportunity to reach a highly engaged mobile audience. Samsung is the inaugural advertiser with a rich media display advertising unit.
With the new Yahoo! Messenger App for Android, consumers can:
- Easily message friends, check friends’ status updates and availability and update their personal status and availability
- Send instant messages to friends via SMS text message1
- Multitask and stay connected with the app working in the background; with push notifications, consumers can easily catch new messages and friend requests
- Get full use of emoticons and rich text formatting
- Send photos to friends directly from the phone’s camera or the photo gallery
Also available today, the Yahoo! Search Widget for Android provides consumers with convenient one-click access to Yahoo! Search. After the Widget is installed, a Yahoo! Search box is easily accessible on the home screen. With voice search for easier input, Search Assist for quick suggestions and recommendations, and auto-locate technology to deliver locally relevant results, the Yahoo! Search Widget quickly provides the answers a consumer needs.
The Yahoo! Search Widget is currently available in the U.S. only for free. It is available for download in the Android Market and supports OS 2.0 or newer.
Upgraded Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! News for iPhone and iPod Touch
Harnessing the latest technology, Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! News are now built on HTML5 to give consumers a faster and more sophisticated mobile browsing experience.
The upgraded Yahoo! Mail offers consumers a webmail experience that is fast and reliable and that easily surfaces rich content. Now available globally in 28 languages across 200 countries, Yahoo! Mail is optimized for iPhone and iPod Touch and is expected to be available across other Webkit-enabled browsers in the future.
With HTML5 Yahoo! Mail consumers can:
- View HTML messages; compose rich text messages, reply, search emails, and access folders while offline
- Manage folders and create smart folders with messages from key contacts
- Surface photos and video attachments directly within the mail preview
- Enjoy a seamless experience with Yahoo! Mail across mobile and desktop
Additionally, now Yahoo! News includes an all-new layout with animated visual effects and navigation that uses touch gestures to deliver a compelling news experience. Yahoo! brings the news to life with photos, slideshows, and video features, and provides consumers with an option to explore related articles. Currently available in the U.S. on the iPhone or iPod Touch browser, the product is expected to become available in additional countries and on additional devices.
For more information about the products and services, visit Yahoo.com and search for: “Yahoo! and Mobile”
Yahoo! attracts hundreds of millions of users every month through its innovative technology and engaging content and services, making it one of the most visited Internet destinations and a world-class online media company. Yahoo!’s vision is to be the center of people’s online lives by delivering personally relevant, meaningful Internet experiences. Yahoo! is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. For more information, visit http://pressroom.yahoo.com, the company’s blog, Yodel Anecdotal (http://yodel.yahoo.com) or the Yahoo! Mobile blog (http://ymobileblog.com). (YHOO — M)
1 Users may send SMS text messages only to their contacts in the following countries: Canada, Indonesia, India, Kuwait, Malaysia, Philippines, Pakistan, Thailand, United States and Vietnam.