Yahoo Mail makes nice with Gmail and adds Google’s service to their mailbox. It’s not uncommon for most of us to have different e-mail accounts, and from different providers.By adding Gmail access to the app, Yahoo! is making a last ditch attempt at making its smartphone app relevant after the Dropbox announcement of shutting down the Mailbox app
With this update, Yahoo Mail joins dozens of other email apps that already support Gmail
The company launched its password-killer Yahoo Mail app this October, but one glaring omission was a lack of support for Google’s Gmail and its roughly 900 million users.
That changed on Thursday with an update to the Android and iOS versions of the app. The update adds IMAP support for Gmail in Yahoo Mail, allowing users to manage Google’s web mail service alongside already-supported Yahoo, Outlook, Hotmail and AOL Mail.
With this update, Yahoo Mail joins dozens of other email apps that already support Gmail, including Google’s own Gmail app, Inbox by Gmail, Outlook from Microsoft, Cloud Magic and so on.
Despite the lack of support for Gmail, Yahoo Mail has nonetheless proved popular among Android users.
According to Google Play statistics, Yahoo Mail has gained between 100 million and 500 million installs, which is far more than Microsoft’s Outlook app or Inbox for Android, which both currently have between 10 million and 50 million installs. Gmail has at least one billion installs.
Yahoo boasting its app will allow you to, “Search across your entire history of emails, from day one, for all connected mailboxes” and “Not just your most recent emails, which is how it’s done in many apps today.”
It’s also put the Xobni email analytics startup it acquired in 2013 to work in the Mail app as its intelligent contact manager, which presents contact information in summary cards.
There are a few differences in the way the Yahoo Mail app handles swipe actions for Gmail compared with other web mail accounts. For example, when managing Outlook and Yahoo email from the app, a left swipe will delete the email. For Gmail, the same action moves it to archive, which can be retrieved from the “All Mail” folder available in Gmail. That action is common across the iOS and Android apps.
Unrelated to its additional support for Gmail, Yahoo has also added split view support for iOS 9 on the iPad and introduced a new slide over action.
Yahoo has followed suit, adding AOL Mail, Hotmail and Outlook.com to the list of email providers supported in its Yahoo Mail app for Android and iOS. But, as you can probably tell, there was one major service missing from the list — Gmail. Now, there is an update that rectifies this.
Yahoo says that Gmail (and Google Apps) users who add their accounts to Yahoo Mail will be able to take advantage of all the big features available in the app, like “powerful search, smart contacts, rich compose features and Yahoo Account Key for password-free sign-in”.
That means, for instance, that they can search through all their emails, search for contacts, and have all the changes they make immediately sync with Google’s servers. There is also support for Gmail in Yahoo Mail’s desktop interface, making it easy to access the accounts from PCs.
Those who want to test the new update can grab Yahoo Mail from App Store (iOS) and Google Play (Android).
On top of supporting Gmail accounts, the iOS app now also works in Split View and supports Slide Over on iPads. On Android, the app brings back select all, adds the ability to switch between mailboxes with a single tap, makes the inbox “more readable”, settings easier to navigate, touch targets bigger for the sidebar and back buttons, improves accessibility and lowers data consumption.
“If your iPad has iOS 9 installed, you can now open Yahoo Mail in a small sidebar by sliding it over from the right side of the screen. This is handy when you want to just quickly check for new messages or reference one particular message without leaving the app you’re already using. And for the recent iPads (iPad Pro, iPad Mini 4, iPad Air 2), you’ll be able to use Yahoo Mail side-by-side with other apps at the same time,” it notes.
There is also App’s Speed improving
Yahoo Mail users on iOS also should see a noticeable speed improvement in the app’s response to opening push notifications.
For Android, Yahoo has implemented a few design changes to make email more readable than its previous version by darkening text in message and conversion lists.
To do this, all you need to do is download the latest update, head to ‘Add another mailbox’, and choose Gmail from the list of e-mail services offered. From then, you will need to sign in with your information, and Yahoo will sync it all in one neat little app. Users will be able to view, manage, and search through their Gmail account just as fast as they can with their Yahoo Mail account and others.
All access will be open, including the history of e-mails already existent. According to Yahoo, “they sync every single action across all your mailboxes”. You can move e-mails, delete them, mark them as read, or many others. When you’re composing an e-mail, you can choose from which account you want to send them, even though you’re using Yahoo’s app.
Also, it’s collapsed settings to a single page, aiming for simpler navigation, and made it easier to see where to sign out. Other improvements include larger touch targets for the sidebar and back buttons, and introduced “patches to reduce data usage on mobile networks”.
In addition to the Gmail support, Yahoo has also updated their Android and iOS apps in terms of performance. The Android update will arrive with a new look, faster performance, along with other enhancements. For iOS devices, the most major improvement was done for push notifications and the archive feature. It seems that Yahoo is making an effort at putting together a much smoother experience, and hopefully not fall behind its competition.
With the new addition of support for Gmail, it might be an app to consider.