Yahoo!'s New Y!Mail Is Smooth and Good Looking
Article by George Norman
On 12 Dec 2012
While Yahoo! Messenger is losing features, Yahoo! Mail is getting better. The recently updated Yahoo! Mail app for Android, which has been renamed to Y!Mail, offers a smooth experience and comes with a new, good looking interface.

Yahoo! rolled out the new Yahoo! Mail and, through the voice of its CEO, touted the fact that email client offers a fast experience, is easy to use, and is available anywhere you go. The all new Yahoo! Mail, which offers a distraction-free experience and an efficient means to communicate with others, is made available for the following major platforms: Web, Windows 8, iPhone/iPod touch and Android.


“We’ve redesigned the new version of Yahoo! Mail with speed in mind -- getting through your emails is faster than ever before,” said Marisa Mayer, current Yahoo! CEO and former Vice President of Search Products & User Experience with Google. “We’ve also made your inbox more intuitive and easier to navigate, allowing you to focus on what matters most: your messages. And, because mobile is everything these days, Yahoo! Mail now has a consistent look and feel across devices.”

On the Android front, I have to say that I am very excited about the Yahoo! Mail app, now named Y!Mail. The major issue I had with the app was that it did not offer a smooth experience. Reading an email that contained a lot of images was a real pain. The app was incredibly sluggish when I wanted to zoom in and out and when I wanted to get from one side of the screen to the other. This has all changed – using the app is now a very smooth experience.

I also like the new interface – besides the revamped icons and graphics, the interface features pull-to-refresh, action bars, and a slide-out menu in the left hand side. If I had to compare it something, I’d have to say it’s similar with the side menu the Facebook app features. Here’s a screenshot to better put things in perspective.

Last but not least, I am pleased that the updated app enables SSL by default and offers better battery performance.

  • The updated Yahoo! Mail app for Android is available on the Play Store here.
  • The new Yahoo! Mail app for iOS is available on the App Store here.
  • The new Yahoo! Mail app for Windows * is available on the Windows Store here.

Yahoo! Mail for web is currently being rolled out to everyone. “Over the next few days, most mail users will begin to experience the new web version of Yahoo! Mail,” said Marissa Mayer.

Tags: Yahoo!, Yahoo! Mail, Google, Android, Play Store, Apple, iOS, iPhone, App Store, Microsoft, Windows 8, Windows Store
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