Yahoo Messenger reminds you it's still around with its revamped app

Yahoo Messenger was a trailblazer in the early days of the Internet for text chat with others, and now Yahoo wants to bring back its former audience with an all new version of Messenger. It adds a number of new features, including some that might seem familiar for people who use apps like Snapchat or Skype.

One feature allows users to "unsend" any text message, photo or GIF file, along with the ability to "like" any message as well. Speaking of GIF files, they are indeed supported in the new Yahoo Messenger:

Now you can search and find the perfect GIF in the new Yahoo Messenger app. Get instant access to a virtually unlimited and ever-growing library of GIFs pulled from the Tumblr community, where tomorrow's most popular GIFs are born each day.

The new version also allows users to send hundreds of photos to their friends and family at the same time. Yahoo adds:

Not only is the quality of the photos amazing when viewing on Yahoo Messenger, but you can download the original in full quality. And you don't need to worry about limited photo storage, because the app loads images just as (actually, just before) you need them. It's like magic.

Yahoo Messenger also has a new "smart" contacts system that the company says will understand the relationships between the user and his or her contacts. Yahoo also says the app is much faster in previous versions, and if the app goes offline, it will store any unsent messages or photos and automatically send them out when the app goes online again.

You can download the new version of Yahoo Messenger from the Google Play Store (opens in new tab), but be aware that the app is only compatible with many Android devices at the moment.

Source: Yahoo (Tumblr)

70 Comments
  • It's still Yahoo, which is the internet equivalent of Sprint, a very lame duck in need of burial. Posted via the Android Central App
  • They have actually been making some smart moves and creating some innovative mobile apps since Marissa Mayer took over. Yahoo Weather, Yahoo News, Yahoo News Digest, etc. I don't really care how old the company is. As long as they still create some things that have value then I'm interested.
  • They killed Pipes, so they can go get bent as far as I'm concerned.
  • Don't care. Yahoo was very lucky to escape the fate of the rest of the startups of the late 90s/early 2000 tech bubble collaprse. But their time is now wayyyyy overdue.
  • They weren't a startup at the time of the bubble collapse but hey, whatever fits your Mr. Cranky narrative right?
  • I didn't even know this was still around. I've never met or known anybody that's ever used it in the last 10 years I've had a smartphone. Posted via Android Central App from a Nexus 6P or the amazing Nexus 10
  • Last time I used it was way back in 2000 when I was still in high school. Why won't it die! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Poor Yahoo. Everything they do is good, just not quite as good as the best alternatives. Yahoo Messenger was actually a really good service for a long time, and while I'm sure it's still pretty great, I don't know a single person who still uses it, so it gets thrown on the pile with BBM.
  • Only BBM has had over 100 million downloads on Android alone... Not the same "pile” Priv screen goes up.
  • Ym has 50 mil Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's just android. BBM achieved almost half of that in its first 8 hours of release on iPhone. So no. Not the same pile. Priv screen goes up.
  • Not to mention those yahoo downloads have had many years (including back when people used it) to accumulate. BBM did it in less than a year. Posted via the AC App by way of Lg and SwiftKey.
  • And how many still use it? None.
  • Lol really? Priv screen goes up.
  • Downloads don't equal users "a fanboy, DAT that sh...I don't like"
  • That's true. I'm going to download and explore the app, then delete it. Posted from my Note 5
  • Even if you were to take just 10% of that would mean there is 10 million active users... So somebody is using it. I don't use it and had people who do use it add me soooo. And for the record http://techcrunch.com/2014/03/28/bbm-usage/ That was last year... Priv screen goes up.
  • BBM (on a Nexus 6) is my messenger of choice, but maybe I'm weird. I've convinced my wife to use it, so that's all that matters. Yes, back in the day, I did use Yahoo messenger too.
  • Sam73065, indeed. Yahoo does have a brand problem to get more into it. Its name is the problem. Here's the thing they don't get: Millennials own the messaging market. They are the taste makers, and “Yahoo” is not part of that conversation. Yahoo was a brand for my age group, 30-somethings, who used the site and its services heavily as teens in the late 90s and early 00s. Yahoo isn’t doing itself any favors by keeping the Yahoo name with its Messenger product. So what then? Better answer: Tumblr Tumblr has the brand recognition in the youth segment. Dropping the name Yahoo would help disassociate a non-millennial brand from something that should be millennial-focused. New idea: tumbl That’s not a typo. tumbl, for Tumblr, is an answer to Facebook’s Messenger but also folds in the millions still using Yahoo Messenger by choice. Shifting the focus to tumblr and calling it something like tumbl would differentiate it in the crowded messaging space. First-tier feature: Allow messaging between Tumblr users and Yahoo Mail users. Second tier features: Account support to send/receive Twitter DMs and save and retrieve photos to/from Flickr. Future add-in: Buy Meerkat. The once uber-hot service that was quickly eclipsed by Periscope still could make a comeback if it’s bought and folded into the Tumblr business (by keeping the tech but killing the name). Live broadcasting from Tumbl would instantly give Yahoo tens of millions of potential new users who already have Tumblr or Yahoo accounts. It’s a no-brainer.
  • Yeah. Yahoo has forgotten that the millennials can't spell and are lazy so must have letters removed from names for them to be hip and cool. In other news, Google should become Gogl, Facebook FceBk and Twitter Twtr.
  • Cool reply
  • They learned it from their parents.
  • I LEARNED IT FROM WATCHING YOU, DAD.
  • +1 Posted via the Android Central App
  • Agree. Tumblr is the brand they should be milking for all it's worth. Posted via the Android Central App
  • They sure spent enough on it. I always wondered how they'd planned to monetize the platform. Tumblr always seemed like one of those sites that took off like crazy despite (or maybe because of?) the fact that the founders had no clue how to make money off of it.
  • Hey I remember this. I think I still have an account. Dam It Feels Good To Be A Google Gangster
  • I laugh anyone gives me their email address and it ends with @yahoo.com!
  • Hahaha.. So true!
  • You are admitting your'e a dick. How cute.
  • Soooooooooooo snarky LoL Dam It Feels Good To Be A Google Gangster
  • I still have and use my yahoo account. I work with clients at work that still have aol. So what's your point? Priv screen goes up.
  • He thinks you're a joke. Priv seat goes down Posted from my Note 5
  • Thank God my bank account enjoys my yahoo account and not dictated by ignorance. Priv screen goes up.
  • The number of doctors I work with who still have AOL email accounts is mind-boggling. That said, it's been so long since I've used any of AOL services that I don't even know what they're like anymore. Hell, AOL could be a great email service for all I know.
  • I still use my yahoo mail for things that aren't urgent (don't have to come to my phone). Not quite a junk mail box, more of a "I'll get to it once a week" box. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Edgy.
  • I don't laugh but I worry about their account security. When I get an email that is obviously spammed from one my friend's email, it is almost always a yahoo address. I still do have one that I use for a SPAM account and go in every couple of months and clean out. Frontier DSL uses yahoo as their email/homepage for your @frontier.com account.
  • Lol I remember when Yahoo messenger was the jump off!!!!! Times have changed Posted via the Android Central App
  • Up next, Geocities with revamped guest books. Posted via the Android Central App
  • +1 Posted via the Android Central App
  • On those were good days Priv screen goes up.
  • This comment has been viewed 000000017 times! [spinning gif]
  • The real question is... What about AIM? A/S/L? #? - I'm the guy at the bar turning the TV with his phone during your favorite sports game. -
  • I met my wife via Yahoo Messenger. No joke. It was linked to their Yahoo Personals site. If you saw someone you liked you could see their online status and send them an instant message right away. It appealed to the ADD in me. That said, I abandoned the service for MSN, then Windows LIve Messenger and now Hangouts.
  • I didn't know yahoo messenger was still around... Posted via the Android Central App
  • I would use it, but like every other person, my account got unexplicably hacked and locked in 2001. So no. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Why "unexplicably" [sic]? If anything, it's easily explicable.
  • YahooooooOOOOOooooo! Dang, now I have a craving to dig up my MySpace account....
  • Yahoo messenger! The instant messaging worlds equivalent of drunk dad dancing at a wedding Posted via the Android Central App
  • nice! Posted via the Android Central App
  • I was always an MSM person myself. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Does it work if you have an ad blocker installed?
  • While we're all laughing about Yahoo (well deserved) can anyone tell me how is hangouts any better? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Because it's Google! Duh. /s
  • Well, hangouts at least had a reasonably functional app. The former Yahoo messenger for Android did not have a built-in menu button, so it was virtually impossible to use on any phone without a hardware menu button. Video calling did not work on KitKat or Lollipop. And they screw this app up by requiring a phone number to broadcast your account to all of your contacts with no opt-out! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Lot of comments on Play saying phone number is mandatory. Should have mentioned that in the article.
  • It's interesting how Web services have taken on the pattern of fashion markets where there is a scramble to be the "new hotness" while denigrating everything else as "so last year". I reject this. Either something is useful or it isn't. Yahoo's services should be judged on their own merit relative to their competitors and not on whether they are the trendiest brand out there.
  • Does it integrate with GeoCities?
  • wow i deleted my yahoo account ages ago
  • I haven't used Yahoo for ANYTHING in many years.
  • Heck yeah I'm going to go to MySpace and tell all of my friends about this update! Posted via the AC App by way of Lg and SwiftKey.
  • Now if they bring ICQ and AIM, my life will be complete. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Bring back the yahoo chat rooms then..lol Posted via the Samsung Galaxy S6 note 5 version
  • YaWho?
  • I'm not sure what this brings to the table that kik, whatsapp, facebook messenger, skype etc etc doesn't. The problem for Yahoo is, beyond those who already use Yahoo Messenger, who is going to switch?
  • MSN Messenger was always the best. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I use yahoo messenger to talk to family. They have made this app terrible with this update. I uninstalled. They should Have just changed the look and not all the functions. I never stayed logged in my IM. Now you can't log out. They trying to be Google.... Just be yahoo already. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Up until yesterday when I was still using Yahoo Messenger. I deleted the app as I could no longer sign in unless I verified my number! What kinda BULLS**T is that??? One less Yahoo service I will no longer be using. Yahoo is dying a slow and painful death! "EXCITE" anyone???
  • I still use messenger to this day & maintain 2 yahoo email addresses. Does what I need it to do & the spam filter is great. That said, the new YM has been buggy so far. Posted via the Android Central App