Yahoo! Releases iPhone App, Posts Video Preview of Messenger

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Yahoo! has released a dedicated iPhone application [App Store, Free], as well as a new Yahoo! Mobile site for use by other Internet-enabled mobile phones, providing integrated access to a number of Internet features.
    Yahoo! has also posted a video preview of their upcoming Yahoo! Messenger application for the iPhone.

    Article Link: Yahoo! Releases iPhone App, Posts Video Preview of Messenger
  2. macrumors 68030


    Oct 7, 2007
    DFW, TX
  3. macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2008
    Buggy on 3.0b2.

    On 2.2.1 its seems very fluid far. Nice app. Working to see how much you can do within this one app, which is its purpose and value.

    Update: Animation and features are great, but it still crashed after adding a few things.
  4. Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    From the video, the chat seems fairly good (although I really never use Yahoo's IM anymore -- too many IM spambots and weirdos). In the absence of push updates, the idle feature is nice, also.
  5. macrumors 68030

    Mar 30, 2004
    Yahoo! has 3 iPhone apps with similar functionalities, oneConnect, Inquisitor, and this generic Yahoo! app.

    Both oneConnect and Yahoo! can be used for IM and email, although oneConnect is more optimized implementation of the two. That said, it seems a fourth Yahoo! app demonstrated on the video (Messenger) will put an ax to it.

    Inquisitor and this Yahoo! are both used for search, although Inquisitor does a better job using semi original UI.

    Playing with this app for few minutes, I am not sure what it's supposed to be good at. And I hope Yahoo! isn't wasting resource by dedicating separate teams for each app.
  6. macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2008
    Orlando, FL
    I'm putting in my name and password into the app to see my messenger list and it's not accepting it. Yes, I verified it about 4 times to make sure I wasn't typing something wrong. It still didn't work. Reporting the bug to Yahoo after this post.
  7. macrumors newbie


    Mar 20, 2008
    Queensland, Australia
    Not available in Australian iTunes store

    What possible reason would there be for not making this available for download in every country's iTunes store?

    That sort of thing really pisses me off. :mad:
  8. macrumors 65816


    Jul 28, 2008
    Jacksonville, Fla
  9. macrumors member

    May 27, 2006
  10. macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2007
    London, UK
    Once we get push a YM app will be nice.

  11. macrumors newbie

    Apr 2, 2009
    why do I need to pay for text

    with this app, why would I need to pay for text messaging? the video shows that you can text and receive text messages for free. Or did I miss something?
  12. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 21, 2007
    New York, NY
    Thank God. The "messenger" in the Yahoo! app is complete garbage.
  13. macrumors 65816


    Nov 26, 2008
    California, USA
    The video says you can toggle between IM and SMS. It says you can send SMS to people's cell phones. Huh? Isn't this in some type of violation of AT&T ? Does it somehow route it through the iPhone SMS functionality and bill you? Do the SMS appear in your normal SMS record/blog ?

    The guy in the video actually says "you can send free text messages to your friends' mobile phones."

    Something tells me it's just a matter of days before AT&T steps in and puts a stop to this.

    Whoa! The video even says the App stays active in the background and you stay signed in!!!
  14. macrumors 65816


    Aug 3, 2007

    There's already other apps that send SMS through the web, you can even do it with AIM.

    About being online in the background. They just mean if you quite the app it keeps your status online anyway like the new AIM does. It's not really background.
  15. macrumors 6502

    Sep 16, 2007
    Considering that Yahoo Messenger is compatible with MSN Messenger, will I be able to use this iPhone client to chat with my MSN network?
  16. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 27, 2006
    looks pretty slick for a free app :) good job yahoo!
  17. macrumors member

    Aug 8, 2007
    Fox Cities, WI
    No Fantasy sports

    With as many people as I know who play fantasy football on Yahoo!, it would be nice if the Yahoo! app had that, or if there were a separate app for it. Maybe it will be here in time for the new season...
  18. macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2008
    That iPhone Yahoo! Messenger looks awesome. The UI is clean and simple. It looks exactly as I'd want a first-party IM application to look. If it really is like that, they've done a fantastic job.

    Wasn't there some kind of deal struck a few years ago that meant that Yahoo Messenger could talk to MSN contacts and vice versa? Just saying...
  19. macrumors regular

    Mar 24, 2007
    Now everyone in the world just have to switch to yahoo IM....
    ... or ro MSN....
    ... or ICQ...
    ... or google...
    ... or AOL...
    ... or or, or we all use an open client.
  20. macrumors 68020


    Mar 6, 2007
  21. macrumors 6502

    Apr 29, 2005
    There's already one out there, though it's not great. I, too, was hoping there would be an official Yahoo one coming. I'm using it for Fantasy Baseball and it's got pretty much all the functionality you need, it's just slow and buggy. It's a relatively new app, though, so hopefully it will get better.

    I don't have iTunes on the computer I'm on, but search for "Y! Fan" I have the professional version, so I can't comment on the free one.
  22. macrumors 65816


    Nov 26, 2008
    California, USA
    As long as open source (open client) does not compromise security. I don't think you would want the security of your IM conversations to be compromised. ... And this brings up another issue. If I send an SMS (text) from the Yahoo client it is no longer secure. If I send an SMS through AT&T's network, it goes from my phone to AT&T and then to my friend's phone. If I send the SMS through Yahoo, it goes to the Yahoo server (the internet) before being rerouted to AT&T's internet server and then to my friend's phone. What if I'm sending personal info to one of my best friends? It's no longer secure.
  23. macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    Gawd, can that thing have anymore bugs? I'm ready to get the RAID out (I'm talkin' the whole case). Still can't sign in on my iPhone and no connect, no featured, no My Interests Page, no More Page, and Y!News sometimes works, but I can sign in on my MBP and my Mac Pro. Limited as to what this app can do; where's my Fantasy Sports categories? OK, it's taken two days to sign in, but it happened. I don't think it's quite ready and it's way late......:(:(:(:(:(:(
  24. macrumors regular

    Aug 10, 2008
    Very buggy, it'll be interesting to see how soon they send out an update.

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