Yahoo! brings its world-class communications experiences to your Android phone, plus introduces the all new HTML5 mobile web mail

  • Posted June 30th, 2010 at 9:29 pm by Yahoo! Mobile
  • Categories: General

Today, Yahoo! debuted Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! Messenger apps for Android, a Yahoo! Search Widget for Android, and launched an amazing new HTML5 mobile mail and News experience for iPhone and iPod touch. These exciting launches represent our continued efforts to develop sophisticated mobile experiences for leading platforms, reaching a broad audience of highly engaged mobile users. We’re keeping consumers connected to the people and things that matter to them most – wherever and whenever they want.

Yahoo! provides a seamless, integrated experience across all screens; from PC to mobile phones, tablets, TV, and beyond. These latest apps are optimized for three hero Android devices–Motorola Droid, HTC Incredible, and Google Nexus One–and are available for download globally, via the Android Market for Android OS 2.0 and above.

Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! Messenger operate as standalone applications, but are also integrated to provide an optimal Yahoo! communications experience. We include the best of Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! Messenger, including rich text formatting, Yahoo! emoticons, and access to the Yahoo! Address Book, in apps that are designed from the ground up for the Android platform.

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 contacts in the native phone address book
  • Search email messages by sender, recipient, subject and keywords in the body of the email
  • Upload photos as attachments directly from 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 manage spam
  • Toggle between the Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! Messenger apps with ease

With the new Yahoo! Messenger App for Android, consumers can:

  • Easily message friends, check friends’ status updates & availability as well as update their own status & availability
  • Send instant messages to friends via SMS text messages*
  • Stay connected with full support for multitasking allowing the app to work in the background; with push notifications consumers can easily catch new messages and friend requests
  • Full use of emoticons and rich text formatting
  • Send photos to friends directly from the phone’s camera or the photo gallery



A smarter, faster, and richer mobile mail experience leveraging HTML5

In related news, we’re launching our innovative new HTML5 Yahoo! Mail web app, offering users desktop-class features, lightning-fast speed, and an engaging rich-media experience. With close to 300 million Yahoo! Mail users worldwide, we are constantly looking at ways to innovate the communications experience, whether on the PC, mobile device or tablet. Using the cutting edge capabilities of HTML5, the new Yahoo! Mail is our most advanced mobile web experience yet.

This new webapp offers users a webmail experience that is:

  • Faster and more reliable: off-line mail access and local search enabled by local caching capabilities give consumers access to their mail anywhere, even out of network coverage
  • Smart: find the message you need, whenever you need it. With our Full Search feature, personal folder creation & management and Smart Folders with messages from key contacts
  • Rich: view rich photo and video attachments in full, or as preview directly in the inbox, as well as HTML messages
  • Seamless & unified experience with Yahoo! desktop Mail


This optimized mobile web mail experience is available globally in 28 languages, in over 200 countries. It is optimized for the Apple iPhone, the iPod touch, and is expected to be available via other Webkit-enabled browsers in the near future.

This experience is available to preview on an opt-in basis. We expect to upgrade all eligible users to the new version shortly. Get started by visiting on your iPhone browser, and tap on ‘Preview the new Yahoo! Mail’; alternatively, you can click here from your iPhone

Let us know your thoughts and comments about the new products below.

Andreas Nordin
Product Manager, Yahoo! Messenger

Lee J. Parry
Product Manager, Yahoo! Mail

*This feature is currently only available when sending to numbers in Canada, Indonesia, India, Kuwait, Malaysia, Philippines, Pakistan, Thailand, United States and Vietnam.

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Comment by daniel

July 1st, 2010 at 9:14 am

excellent for 1.0.0 apps. thank you!!

Comment by matt

July 1st, 2010 at 12:43 pm

I can’t check my university email account with the new web mail. The old version had a button to check other accounts.

Comment by Rivas

July 1st, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Please support older platforms. I have a G1 and I am a long time Yahoo Mail user, even paid Mail Plus for a few years, and now I can’t use Yahoo Mail ’cause my Android OS is 1.6

BTW: I didn’t renew my Mail Plus subscription because when I started to use the mobile web interface, I got ads even being a Mail Plus subscriber, so no point on paying for no ads.


Comment by David P. Evers

July 1st, 2010 at 4:33 pm

Access to Mail and Contacts is good, but what about the Calendar?

Comment by dino

July 1st, 2010 at 10:53 pm

pls take care of android 1.6 users (a lot), thanks!

Comment by matt

July 2nd, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Please add a button to check outside accounts in the web app. I need it to check my university mail account. Even better would be to have it periodically check on it’s own. I really like all the html5 additions.

Comment by Arcadria

July 2nd, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Excellent App, Good navigation.. and perfect UI.. Thank You

Comment by Kevin Jarrett

July 5th, 2010 at 10:57 am

Love the app, thank you, please add ‘check other mail’ and it’ll be a slam dunk!

Comment by Billy

July 6th, 2010 at 7:58 am

Push Notification doesn’t work. Droid Inc.

Comment by JeffreyTz

July 6th, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Both the email and messaging apps are working great on my Android Sprint EVO phone. It’s nice to finally be able to access my email folders like I could on my Pre (although a little annoying as a paying Plus email user that I can’t just enter the IMAP info into the Android email client and thus just have one app).

A couple of quick questions on Messenger: how do you log out/off without physically “killing” the app, and are there any plans to add video chat support for phones like the EVO?

Comment by Hsiang-Yi Lin

July 6th, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Thank you for your feedback and suggestions. We are working hard to bring you the best user experience. In fact, an update release addressing some of your initial feedback is now available via the Android Market. Please update the app and let us know what you think.

Comment by Przemek

July 8th, 2010 at 3:56 am

What is the typical data usage with Yahoo Mobile Mail when running only push notifications?
Do I understand it correctly that the app is using some negligable bandwidth to refresh the idle link every so often and on top of that it only gets message headders (push notifications)? …well and the ads of course …

Comment by Angie

July 8th, 2010 at 4:01 pm

I just got an HTC Incredible and have a couple of suggestions for Yahoo! Mail … would like to have the capability to delete emails from the handheld only and still keep them in Yahoo Mail. Also, I can’t find a way to log out of Yahoo! Mail … I have to remove the account. For Yahoo! Messenger … would like to have the capability to save messages. I was able to do these things on my Blackberry.

Comment by Kevin

July 16th, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Would appreciate the option to NOT remember my username/password for Messenger after I sign out. As it is now (unless I’m missing something), when re-launch after signing out, even if I use Task-Killer, my username and password are preloaded into the sign-in boxes.

Sort of defeats the purpose of a password!

Comment by Yahoo! Android Team

July 16th, 2010 at 4:26 pm


Thanks for your feedback. Upon signing out of Yahoo! Messenger, you will be prompted with the log-in screen. Please manually erase your log-in name before existing. The password should also be erased automatically. This will ensure the next time you launch the app, your log-in name and password does not get pre-populated.

Yahoo! Android Team

Comment by anthony

July 17th, 2010 at 8:23 pm

Does messenger use up my txts?

Comment by Istvan

July 18th, 2010 at 5:48 am

I can not sign out from yahoo mail for android apps.
This is for me a security issue.
I do not feel my mails secure enough.
It is very-very important to get empty login and pasword prompts after each start of the application! (exept the user wanted to keep sign in)
I’m sure there is a solution for this.
Please help!


Comment by Yahoo! Android Team

July 19th, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Hi Anthony,

No, Yahoo! Messenger does not use up your SMS/text. The only time SMS message is automatically sent is for account verification after you register for a new Yahoo! account. The SMS message sent via the Yahoo! Messenger client does not use up your SMS/text either.

Yahoo! Android Team

Comment by Yahoo! Android Team

July 19th, 2010 at 4:48 pm

Hi Istvan,

Please see comment posted on July 16th, 2010 at 4:26 pm.

Yahoo! Android Team

Comment by Francie

July 20th, 2010 at 3:08 pm

Love, love, love it! Been waiting forever for this. Always needed access to all my folders and going to internet browser then ,mobile Y, then …. y’know, was a drag. Now, can you make my Calendar just as mobile? Nobody, nobody, has as user-friendly, interactive calendar as Yahoo, 1 click, then everything at my fingertips, tasks, notepad-just tab. Google?! A widget for everything, I hate it! Pls make it just as portable, I love my Yahoo and never want to give it up, don’t make me go to Apple or Google. Thx!

Comment by Anthony

July 20th, 2010 at 5:58 pm

Thanks for the response…..I figured yahoo wouldn’t let me down!

Comment by Billy

July 21st, 2010 at 9:40 am

Push email for Droid Incredible does not work. Please fix asap

Comment by john forslund

July 22nd, 2010 at 6:30 am

Please help with this. I have an htc hero, the new app for yahoo mail was working and still is but I am not getting the instant notifications anymore,

Comment by Colin

July 22nd, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Unfortunately not all manufacturers & carriers upgrade their android phones in a timely manner (or maybe they can’t). Therefore I think you’re missing out on a large part of your potential android customers by having a min. version of 2.0.

Comment by Cameron

July 24th, 2010 at 6:19 pm

Colin is SPOT on! I just got a new phone on T-Mobile. The myTouch 3G (not the myTouch Slide) and it is running 1.6. When I tried to install and failed…I then looked into it only to discover that it was not supported by my Android Version. Most people I know on an Android Device are NOT running Android 2.0 or higher. So, while 19.9% of the market is android devices, you apps will only reach about 10% of Android users. I have always favored Yahoo Mail over any, however let it be know that Yahoo has severely let me down this time around.

Comment by Shah Omid

July 28th, 2010 at 2:38 pm

I’m not an apple fan, BUT, like Steve jobs said i think “ADOBE FLASH IS SUCKS”, i hope HTML 5 will bring it’s new way & experience to the PC platform Too. also Microsoft claims that no further support for Flash in IE 9 or later.

Comment by MIchael

July 30th, 2010 at 6:37 am

Loved the app until email push notifications stopped working on my Droid. I’ve checked all the settings and reinstalled the app and still no push notifications. I still get notifications from the Facebook and text messaging apps, but not Yahoo Mail for Android. Is this a known problem for which you have a solution, or do I have to switch back to the mail app that came pre-installed?

Comment by George

August 4th, 2010 at 10:38 am

please create an app that syncs my yahoo contacts and calendar with the android phone!!!

Comment by Can i've access to my email account with yahoo always?

August 7th, 2010 at 1:26 am

Should be added as my second email account as soon as possible!

Comment by Gilda Raczkowski

August 16th, 2010 at 11:03 am

Stay tuned, we’ll continue to innovate on this product.

Comment by Daniel Gorz

August 17th, 2010 at 10:17 pm

I can not find these in the Android market. Nor can I find them from scanning…HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment by David

August 20th, 2010 at 11:56 am

Would love to be able to save/email messenger conversations, this was very easy on the BB. If there could be an slimmed down options menu like the PC version, that would be great!

Comment by Rey

August 23rd, 2010 at 5:47 pm

I have a Samsung Behold 2 that I love but we do not have 2.0, 2,1, or 2.2 software so I can’t use this app.
I saw it on a friends phone & would love to use this. Some Companies running 1.6 have said they won’t be updating certain phones. Please make it for those of us running lower O.S.

Comment by Gilda Raczkowski

August 24th, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Go to the Android Market on your phone and search for ‘Yahoo! Mail’ or visit on your PC, enter your phone number, and we’ll SMS you a link to download it.

Comment by Gilda Raczkowski

August 26th, 2010 at 11:32 am

We recommend you use Yahoo! webmail ( Thanks for the comment

Comment by ZombieStomper

August 28th, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Great, it would be nice if the damn messenger would actually log me in once in a while. Keep getting stupid error messages… I’m sorry, my network coverage is just fine, Yahoo… I think it’s your crap services that may be experiencing the problem. But that’s nothing new, we all know how shoddy Yahoo is.

Comment by steve

September 5th, 2010 at 1:57 am

I have a new Samsung Galaxy S and the same issue as reported by Itvan on July 18th – I can’t sign out of yahoo mail for android and my mail is not secure.
Yahoo Messenger is not installed as implied in your solution to the problem on 14th July.
Waht can be done to get empty and password prompts when starting yahho mail as is the case when signing into yahoo mail on the PC

Comment by steve

September 5th, 2010 at 3:21 am

I have the same mail security issue as reported by Istvan on July 18th, that is, Y!Mail does not request ID and password. Yahoo Messenger does and I can call mail via Messenger. But after installing Y!Mail there is a seperate icon for this on my android screen (Samsung Galaxy) so that Y!Mail can be started seperately. THis is a serious security issue and I hope there is a solution. THanks for your help

Comment by Cis

September 7th, 2010 at 8:09 pm

I am unable to access the contacts to look up phone numbers etc. As shown in the tutorials from the yahoo mail app. Is this in a paid version? What am I missing?

Comment by Moose

September 12th, 2010 at 7:05 am

I am extremely disappointed in the Yahoo mail for android apparently. Indeed I consider it barely usable. In order of importance my issues are:

1 – It is slooooow. To open a simple email message just took me seven seconds. That simply is not an acceptable speed for such a simple task. (It’s not my phone; I have a brand new Samsung galaxy that flies on everything else.)

2- Yahoo doesn’t download messages. Since I live in NY that means I can’t read email on the subway — a major failing. It would be the same in plane flights, also an issue.

3 No multitouch. Why do you have the stupid little magnifying glass instead of using pinch to zoom?

4 Because of that stupid little magnifying glass you have no ability to have a set of useful buttons — such as reply or delete — on the bottom.

Currently this is extremely subpar software. At least for now I am going to move to another, also subpar, third party solution since for some asinine reason yahoo wont let me get email over wifi with the default client.

Comment by Anson Mayers

September 13th, 2010 at 5:11 pm

The app is coming along nicely. Please separate the setting for an audible notification from the setting for a vibration notification. I’d like to turn vibrate off, but still have the ringtone play when new email arrives.

Also, here are a few feature ideas. When viewing mail in the Spam folder, either or both of these features would help:
– A “Delete All” button on the list view
– When editing, the “Delete” button should permanently delete instead of moving items to the recycle/trash bin.

When viewing mail in the recycle/trash bin, a “Delete All” button on the list view would be much appreciated.




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Comment by Debbie

September 20th, 2010 at 6:27 am

I have the HTC Aria and downloaded the Yahoo mail Application. I can’t find a place to log out and it is eating up my data usage everytime it refreshes the inbox. How do I log out? Is there an update that fixes this? Where can I find it?

Comment by Alan

September 30th, 2010 at 6:12 pm

Notification does not work on HTC Eris running 2.1

The default HTC mail client worked better.

Comment by Alan

September 30th, 2010 at 6:15 pm

Yahoo Mail notification does not work on HTC Eris running 2.1

Comment by Donald

November 9th, 2010 at 12:00 am

I wish I was able to email my yahoo messenger conversations like I could with the blackberry. HELP.

Comment by RJ

November 9th, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Seems to be a problem with – doesn’t seem to be loading in iPhone iOS 4.


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Comment by John

December 22nd, 2010 at 12:30 pm

I don’t understand how you can have an email app without a way to log out of your email. Am I missing something? What about people that have more than one Yahoo email acct? Or people that are just concerned about the security and wanting to log out of their email when they are done reading it.

Comment by Stefani

December 23rd, 2010 at 9:53 am

I just got a new android 2.2 based tablet and I want the new yahoo messenger or at least a yahoo messenger that will work without having to use ebuddy. I’ve tried finding it on android market but the new device does not connect the same as my android phone. When I go to yahoo to download it they only have the ipad version available or I have to enter a phone number….my tablet doesn’t have a phone number so now I’m confused, I use only yahoo on all my other devices so I’m lost without it.

Comment by Tony

January 25th, 2011 at 6:58 pm

It is so nice to be able to check my yahoo mail wherever I go. However, at the office where I work, people are always wanting to play with my phone, or the phones of others. This poses a problem, when they are playing with the phone, they can just click on the yahoo icon and start reading my personal mail. I have a few co-workers that have removed the app because of the same issue. It would be very beneficial to have the option to log off in an easy way like the app for my bank. I don’t want to have to go through the cumbersome process that was described in a earlier post, I want to be able to press a button to log off and be prompted for a password to log on.

Comment by Kevin

February 10th, 2011 at 7:05 am

I just purchased and Android phone and absolutely love your mail app. Of coarse with Android it requires a Gmail account and so I got into and read some of my Gmail. I notice they have a wonderful feature at the bottom of the screen, a delete button and a forward and back button conveniently located in one spot. That delete button is awsome and I was wondering if you’d consider putting it at the bottom of the screen? Thank you for listening.

Comment by Lee Ui

February 22nd, 2011 at 8:04 am

I have been using Yahoo Messenger from my desktop to send SMS to my family in Indonesia (which works great!). I installed the Yahoo Messenger for Android last December, but it could never send sms to mobile phone in Indonesia. Only US number works fine. Everytime I select a Contact with Indonesia’s number, instead of showing the correct number (+62xxx) it will show up as 162xxxxx instead in Yahoo Messenger (it adds the 1 automatically and drop the +). This is the bug I currently have. According to the article above, the SMS from Yahoo Messenger in Android should work for sending SMS to Indonesian number.

Comment by MyFlipout

March 8th, 2011 at 2:01 pm

I have also downloaded the Yahoo Mail app, and am unable to logoff. I read the message from July 16, but have already uninstalled Messenger. I am trying to uninstall the Mail app, but am getting a server error. I plan to go back to accessing mail through my browser. I will keep the app if I can login & off easily. Please Advise.


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