Yahoo! Team Ditches Smartphone Messenger Version in Favor of YM or iPhone
Article by George Norman
On 20 May 2009
If you want to socialize with someone via a properly good IM (instant messaging) client, then you might as well go with Yahoo! Messenger, since its worth has been recently proven when it won the Best IM Client of 2009 award. For the desktop computer there is Yahoo! Messenger 9, for the iPhone user there is Yahoo! Messenger for iPhone, but if you have any other type of smartphone (like say a BlackBerry), then there is no YM offering for you. The bad news is that there will not be one on the near future either.

“We are reprioritizing some products to help us better deliver the best possible experiences to consumers on mobile. To streamline our services, we will not develop Yahoo! Mobile for smartphones to focus our efforts on mobilizing Yahoo!, improving Yahoo! Mobile for web and Yahoo! Mobile for iPhone as well as developing new and engaging experiences for consumers, partners and advertisers. We currently have mobile products that reach hundreds of different devices (including Blackberry), and we continue to expand that comprehensive list,” explained a Yahoo! spokesperson.

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As of today, the 20th of May, Yahoo! will discontinue the development of its Yahoo! Mobile app for smartphones; the app was in Beta testing phase. All Beta testers have been informed about this unfortunate development via the following email:

“Yahoo! has decided to cease development of the Yahoo! Mobile smartphone app effective Wednesday, May 20th. So you will not be provided access to the beta program for this product. For the time being, we will be focusing our efforts on the newly-launched Yahoo! Mobile experience for browsers (available at new.m.yahoo.com) and for the iPhone (available via the Apple App Store). We really want to thank you for your interest in being a beta tester. The feedback we receive during these programs is extremely helpful in improving the customer experience across all of Yahoo!’s mobile products. In the meantime, stay tuned for more exciting new mobile product releases from Yahoo!. There’s a lot coming and we want to hear your feedback!”

Good news for iPhone users then as Yahoo! will focus its attention on the Yahoo! Messenger for iPhone app, while every other smartphone will only benefit from a mobile browser YM experience. We already saw the release of version 1.1 of the aforementioned app and how some log-in issues were solved.



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