As a former Google (GOOG) executive, Yahoo (YHOO) CEO Marissa Mayer seems to have learned something about creating a strong email interface. That’s why it’s not too surprising that the new Yahoo Mail unveiled on Tuesday bears a striking resemblance to Gmail with a cleaner look and fewer on-page distractions. In a post on the official Yahoo blog, Mayer writes that the company has “redesigned the new version of Yahoo! Mail with speed in mind — getting through your emails is faster than ever before” while also making “your inbox more intuitive and easier to navigate, allowing you to focus on what matters most: your messages.” Mayer said that the changes were made due to users who “told us loud and clear that you want fewer distractions when it comes to email.” In addition to its new web mail interface, Yahoo has also released a new Yahoo Mail app for iOS, Android and Windows 8.
Verizon Wireless has announced that it will issue a software update for the HTC ThunderBolt on May 3rd. The update will enhance the connectivity to Verizon’s 3G network – when a 4G signal isn’t available, of course – and will also fix some email and SMS bugs so that messages are stored properly in your inbox. Verizon also said that, after the patch is applied, the Backup Assistant application will display properly in the applications menu. Other fixes include faster loading of GPS updates and stability improvements for Facebook, KAYAK, Yahoo! Mail, My Verizon, and others. Unfortunately, the update doesn’t appear to offer any improvements to the ThunderBolt’s notoriously bad battery life. More →
Yahoo! has reportedly fixed an IMAP bug that caused the iPhone and Windows Phone devices to transmit loads of superfluous data over 3G. The bug worked like this: when a user went to check their email, the server would send more information to a user’s phone than was required to just check mail. This resulted in people accidentally consuming loads of rouge data each month. Microsoft first responded to the issue back in January after Windows Phone users began complaining about alerts stating that they were nearing their monthly data cap. On February 1st, Microsoft said that it had determined that the bug was caused by an inefficiency in the Yahoo! Mail email client and that the problem would be fixed in an upcoming update. Just two days later, programmer Rafael Rivera took the situation into his own hands, and during his investigation, discovered that the bug wasn’t just confined to Windows Phone 7 devices — it was also present on the iPhone. Just recently, Rivera updated his blog noting that Yahoo had fixed the issue and has upgraded its software from version 0.7.65_12.286037 to version 0.7.65_14.298026. More →
This morning, Yahoo! announced the release of Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! Messenger app for Android. Available for download in the Market, the Yahoo! apps provide a tad more functionality to those Android users who aren’t “with Google” like their phone’s OS may be. Hit the jump for the full press release. More →