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Yahoo Updates Mail App on Android – Renamed to “Y Mail,” Fancy UI Overhaul Included

The official Yahoo Mail app received a makeover and a new name today. Now known as “Y Mail,” the app itself follows a new motto of “Fast. Easy. Anywhere.” They made the interface super simple, but also incredibly fast, so that you can access everything in your account at all times and accomplish tasks more quickly. They also made it a similar experience across multiple platforms by releasing a new web client and updating their iOS, Windows Phone, and Android apps.

As you can see in the new Android version, they took a number of ideas from the Android design guidelines. It’s close to being Holo theme, plus we have a slideout panel from the left side to quickly get you into folders or categories. The app also has a pull-to-refresh and a quick-to-access action bar at the bottom. It looks great, especially for those that still use Yahoo Mail.

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Via:  YMail Blog

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  • Adina

    Hi guys. My yahoo mail app was playing up so I uninstalled it, planning to reinstall. However, I can no longer find the app in playstore and if I search via the internet it does show up on a playstore link, but it says the app is not compatible with my samsung galaxy s3. Any ideas why this might be and how I can fix it? Thanks

  • Lonnie

    This needs to be fixed asap

  • Sam

    Yahoo updated the app’s description on the Google Play store about the lack of notifications: “IMPORTANT: There is currently a known issue with notifications failing. We are currently fixing the problem which is related to the server and not the application. We appreciate your patience and aim to resolve the problem as soon as possible.”

    However, I uninstalled the new version and installed the old Yahoo Mail app from a backup, and it still gets notifications just fine. That seems to go against their claim that this is only a server issue.

  • sobieskias

    I have 2 yahoo emails accounts on my droid. I used to be able to select a pic I’ve taken, choose to share it via Yahoo Mail, then when the email opened, it would allow me to select the “from” account. It no longer does that. Solution anyone?

  • Dana Dordevic

    Notifications do not work!! Even after trying to uninstall it and reinstall it it still doesnt work. Also my yahoo contacts wont sync onto my phone contacts. I hate this upgrade. why did they have to change something that was already good.

  • Tony Finetti

    Notifications do not work at all and a representative at Yahoo! told me that they weren’t going to be addressing it any time soon. “It is near the bottom of our Priority List, but thank you for calling”. Really? Wow!!!!

  • Tall Paul

    This update is a disaster! – Lost the old version and the new version won’t give notification of new e-mails on my S2. This has happened to lots of people. Re-installing hasn’t helped. Now I have to go to my account and check to see if I have e-mails. I might have an important e-mail and I get no notification on phone!

  • This App sucks…I want the old mail back. is there a way to do that until they work the bugs out.. I dont get push through notifications and now it wont even pull down refresh. yahoo has been my email for 15 years…seriously considering changing! Also would have been nice to see same contact folder on App as you do on regular so you can access distribution lists #fedup

  • bloojax

    This app is terrible. Can’t debloojaxlete multiple messages at one time, can’t load contacts from your standard web account, and their feedback link doesnt work. The old ad-laden version worked better…

  • steve fitzpatrick

    it doesn’t work on my galaxy s3 LTE. Yes it receives mail when I manually refresh it but there are no alert sounds and it wont vibrate even though both are selected. This is ahuge backwards step!!!!

    • JDB

      Agreed..this new mail app from yahoo sucks big time!

    • Dan

      Same here!!! This needs to be FIXED!!!!!!

    • Dana Dordevic

      i agree, i cant even get any of my contacts to sync! i hate this upgrade! its actually a downgrade if u ask me!!

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  • YMail confused

    Where do you get to Settings? my menu button is non functional here. I will try the uninstall / reinstall.

    • YMail confused

      Nevermind.. found it.. part of the app interface and not the menu button anymore

  • ddh819

    looks great, but wish it were a little faster

  • Skip

    Where is long press menu for messages? That is easiest way to delete a message! Bummed about that feature removal 🙁

  • aaCharley

    Yahoo really does need a good calendar app for android. That failure is causing them to continue to lose out to Google and G-mail.

    • trpt

      Agreed! I’m using SmoothSync for Yahoo Calendar now. Works perfectly to integrate with the Android calendar. It’s worth the small premium I paid until Yahoo releases their own solution.

  • My question is “Y”?

  • Abgar Musayelyan

    Y Mail when you can gmail?

  • NYAvsFan

    I use yahoo and gmail. The new app is great looking and super fast. Just wish they hadn’t changed the notification bar icon.

  • Now that I’ve got it working correctly, it’s awesome. Great UI overhaul that I didn’t realize was needed until I got it. Much much cleaner.

    • Dana Dordevic

      how did you get it to work right for you?

      • Since I posted that original comment, it has stopped working correctly. It won’t send me push notifications at all.

  • Tara Jansen-Meyer

    I have two Yahoo accounts. One loaded fine with the update. The other is just a white screen with a spinning “loading.” Anyone else have this problem or know of a resolution?

    • Bruce

      Yes, I’m seeing that too. Don’t know how to fix it.

  • fakekellex

    two things missing: expandable notifications. COME ON! my stock e-mail app takes advantage of that JB goodness. I’d ditch it for this if it had expandable notifications And no scrollable widget.

  • Yahoo! Mail has looked better than Gmail for years. I personally can’t get on board with Gmail. I’m just not a fan of the coversations layout.

    • Dan

      Then turn it off, you have that option.

  • Chris

    Just a heads up that it now has pinch to zoom also! 😀

    • ddh819

      that doesn’t seem to work for me…

      • Chris

        Really? I don’t know why. I tried it and it works just fine. Try to maybe uninstall and reinstall it?

  • SeanBello

    sweet, now I can delete my spam faster!

  • kniceguy

    Why didn’t google think of this 8 years ago!?! Oh wait…

  • Stoker

    Cool! Competition is good! 🙂

  • trpt

    Look, this app is really well done; a nice upgrade and no adverts. I use Yahoo Mail because it does a few things that Gmail still can’t do (mainly I use it with my own domains). That and the fact that I don’t want Google controlling my entire life and online existence. It’s wise to diversify.

  • Butters619

    Funny story ymail has actually been used for years. I know because I use it for my Facebook so potential employers can’t look me up. Every time I say ymail people look at me like I’m lost

  • I have a gmail account and a Y mail account and have for years. My Y mail account more people have and have to say with the new interface its pretty slick. I was slowly transitioning everything to gmail but have to say this is better.

  • Rename it to “Y Bother”

    • wh1te_mag1c

      Why not? It’s a great client. YMail is awesome, haters be damned. So is the new Microsoft e-mail And before you flame me, do note that I have 2 gmail accounts. And GMail is nice, too! Can’t we all just get along and enjoy how great everything is?

      • I can’t really say about Android app – didn’t try it. But Yahoo web mail is purely horrendous. I have to use Yahoo Messenger at times so I log in to my Yahoo account. The experience it barely tolerable. It’s simply not from this century. New outlook.com has great UX though and Win 8 app is nice.

  • nightscout13

    Y Y-mail

  • dsass600

    Is it bad that this looks nicer than the GMail app?

    • michael arazan

      Is it bad that I didn’t know there was a yahoo email app?

  • nightscout13

    LMFAO @ Ymail. This must have been Marissa’s great idea.

    • kane

      Yeah Marissa Mayer is an idiot. Graduated with honors from an Iny league school and was involved in countless products at Google. She had a hand in stuff countless people. And oh yea she specializes in Artificial Intellgence.

      • nightscout13

        Well changing Yahoo Mail into Y-Mail was no brilliant feat. She was a PR hire, nothing more. Last ditch effort to save the company.

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  • Simon Belmont

    Installed this on my wife’s phone this morning. It doesn’t pull in her email.

    It just sits at connecting. The password is correct and she has data flowing, so I dunno what the deal is.

    • wh1te_mag1c

      Works perfectly for me. I hope you get it working for her, cause the YMail client now beats Gmail, imho. Soooo sleek!

    • Michael G

      You have to uninstall and reinstall. It says it in the update changelog. I had to do the same thing and it worked.

      • Simon Belmont

        Thanks for the tip. I did try that originally (I saw the changelog too).

        Unfortunately, it’s still acting up. I’m going to try rebooting and wiping Dalvik caches next.

        • Michael G

          lol When all else fails…reboot.

        • Daniel

          You have to go into Settings>Accounts and Sync: First remove and then re-add Yahoo (and sign in again) to your device to get the push notification to work, or at least that’s what I had to do.

          It is much sleeker than the Gmail account; Not that I’m doing away with either.

  • I’ll give this a shot and hopefully it won’t eat up my battery as much as the previous version.

  • summit1986

    Y Mail? Alas, that is the question… for which there is no viable answer.

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  • enigmaco

    does it fix the 90/10 spam ratio, I can’ even use yahoo anymore for all the spam I receive on it.

  • I wonder how my spam emails are in my Yahoo since I left it for Gmail years ago. 🙂

  • What is yahoo?

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  • Dan Treacy

    YMail? Y?

  • Soofdawg

    What an ingeniously stupid and original idea to use the first name of the company name in front of the word mail. Someone fire Yahoo’s CEO.

    • asfgdhj

      *first letter. lol who’s stupid now