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Yahoo Messenger gets a new life w/ redesigned mobile & web apps


Yahoo Messenger has long taken a back seat to other Yahoo products on mobile devices, but today the company is finally unveiling a revamped app that brings its messaging platform into this decade with a completely redesigned user experience and new features.

Launching today across platforms— iOS, Android, web, and within Yahoo Mail on the desktop— the new Yahoo Messenger experience aims to integrate features from Flickr, Tumblr and Xobni while providing access to the usual messaging and contacts features.

tumblr_inline_nyr710lJU51qhxx5s_500For photo sharing in the new app, Yahoo notes that users can “send hundreds of photos at a time and they appear to everyone in the conversation almost instantly.” Users can also download images in their original full resolution, while not having to worry about photo storage as images are loaded on the fly when needed.

Other new features include the ability to “unsend” a message, deleting it from the conversation for all participants, “likes” for individual messages, and the ability to search for and send GIFs from Tumblr.

The app also works when offline (messages will be sent when you next connect to the internet), and a new “Smart Contacts” feature powered by Xobni offers smart suggestions when searching contacts.

You can check out the new Yahoo Messenger app for Android (and on the web) today.

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Jordan writes about all things Apple as Senior Editor of 9to5Mac, & contributes to 9to5Google, 9to5Toys, & He also co-authors 9to5Mac’s weekly Logic Pros series and makes music as one half of Toronto-based Makamachine.