Jul 01 AT 10:32 AM Anthony Domanico 22 Comments

Do you Yahoo!? There’s three apps for that

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.

Yahoo! Search

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.

Final Verdict

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.

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SUNNYVALE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In continuing to develop leading mobile products and services that reach a broad audience across multiple platforms, Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOONews) 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”

About Yahoo!

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.

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  • pchristensen

    Bummer. Doesn’t seem to be available for my G1, and I’d still have a use for this thing.

  • http://Website Anthony domanico

    Seems its only available for 2.0+ devices.

  • http://Website brian

    2.1 is required. These will work on the G1 if you are running 2.1

  • http://Website Gregs

    nice app, but the biggest problem is that it needs more customizations (relic of iphone app??). you can only turn notification tone & status bar on/off together. you can’t turn off the ringtone but keep the status & LED flash on. also, you can only have 1 mail account setup. hopefully an update will fix some of this.

  • http://Website CTown

    Can one use Yahoo messenger as an alternative contact book? Can one use anything but Google as contacts in the default contact book? A little off-topic but I really would like to know? Thanks in advance.

  • http://Website Sullivan

    FINALLY – still not as nice as checking my email on my ipod touch (where I can swipe left to right on the main inbox view to delete messages, but it still seems better than k-9 which is what I was using.

    Wow…And they just released an IMDB app too… Now Chase just needs to conjure up an Android app and I’ll be set!

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  • Val-Zho

    “There is three apps for that.” ??? … can we get an “are”, here? I mean, c’mon it’s the title!

    • Val-Zho

      …or if you are trying to play on the meme, “There’s an app for that”, how about: “There’s an app (or three) for that!” … There are one mistake in your headline!

  • http://Website falltime

    Mail App is very weak. Almost no options – You cant even turn off or change audio notifications.- meaning it is either NO notifications or you get a bong every time you get a new mail. And there is no option to change your reply from address (I am a Mail Plus subscriber)….if you have Yahoo and you want Push (and nothing else) this is great – if you want a full Yahoo mail app, then you are still out of luck

  • http://Website Skythe

    I’ll be interested to see if Yahoo really jump on board android – if they can fully replace google sync & google services and make a “with Yahoo” type Android phone, that would be very interesting.

  • http://Website zed

    is there a hotmail equivalent? will the release of the new winmo stop that? i use k-9 which although better than stock i feel is only half an answer.

    • http://Website Craig

      I am glad to see that they finally came out with a client for the Android. It works pretty well, but there are a few issues:

      1. If you decide you want it it use notifications, it is all or nothing. No vibrate or silent selection. The notification sound woke me up in the middle of the night, so I had to disable it for when I sleep.

      2. I happened to have my earphones on when it notified me of an e-mail. For some reason the sound is at full blast and was very uncomfortable.

  • http://Website Aaron

    This is getting ridiculous… My mytouch 3g is still on 1.6, no OTA update from Tmobile yet, and now a ton of great new apps are coming out on android 2.1+ only…. TMobile, where are the MyTouch updates??!?!!?? Youre taking too long!

    • dubya504

      I feel your pain and I’m in the same boat. Its like they’re dangling a piece of fruit in front of you and every time you reach for it they move it!!!!!!!!

  • http://Website Daniel

    “There’re Three Apps for That”.

  • mattcoz

    I’m crossing my fingers for a fantasy football app. The fantasy baseball app for iPhone looks fantastic, and the mobile website just isn’t quite enough.

  • http://Website Name (required)

    I too would love it if the yahoo mail app could allow more than one email address at a time. I use two yahoo addresses every day, and I’d love to be able to access them both through the app. I prefer it over the Fascinate’s mail client.

    Also, any chance of getting yahoo calendar sync for android anytime soon?

  • http://Website Alex

    Why can’t I send an SMS to my friend through this app? On my Iphone I could, but why not this? The option is greyed out…

  • http://Website Jeremy

    This app is useless, very slow, and has no functionality. I am unable to work out how to download an attachment.
    The app does not allow more accounts to be accessed though it only yahoo. The emails load after opening the app, so you have to wait ages. Very poor effort yahoo. In summary a USLESS and FRUSTRATING app.
    Am a Samsung Galaxy S user and have switched to gmail.

  • http://Website Lana

    What the heck! Where is the compose button. Who tested this out? You guys are tossing out crap. But it’s free! Fix this please.

  • Mar Torres

    I keep u make yahoo email accounts because the minute. U Make. My accost then zip try to log inI’ll get a message that the account All or passage word in not correct. And I can ever sing in or I will see a message that email on message that on top of the DROID screen on but there no I place for response. What correct. App do I need?