Late last year, Gmail started showing images by default in a way that Google says doesn't compromise general security. Now Yahoo has released an update for its Android mail app that does precisely the opposite. Now those pesky images are blocked by default (or is the story here... that they weren't already?).

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The option to toggle this is tucked away in the app settings, so there's nothing stopping users from going back to living wild and free.

Images aside, Yahoo Mail 3.1 improves on how the app handles contacts. Now when composing a message, it should more intelligently rank the contacts it suggests. The app will also automatically recover drafts whenever it can do so successfully.

What's new:

  • Security enhancement: Block loading images by default. Can be toggled in Settings.
  • Draft auto recovery.
  • Smart contact suggest: Smart rankings of contacts when composing a message.
  • Various bug fixes.

Yeah, none of these features are particularly new in the grand scheme of things, but there are definitely plenty of Yahoo users out there ready to benefit from them.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Sorian

    Here's hoping they fixed the multiple notification sound. As soon as my tablet sees my home network, Bam, 20+ rings.

    Or, did they fix the issue where I delete the email from inbox but it doesn't fully register on their servers so when/if I log into the website I see them again?

    • Nathan Bryant

      I hate that.

    • pfmiller

      If you use Light Flow you can configure it to prevent those duplicate notifications.

      • Sorian

        I'll have to look into it, thanks

      • Sorian

        I'll have to look into it, thanks

    • bL4Ck

      I don't really like their apps, so i'm using Gmail as relay to read them.

  • randy

    I hope they do update their outdated "Yahoo Finance" app

  • Martin

    And this is why Yahoo is behind Google!

  • Martin

    And this is why Yahoo is behind Google!

  • Matt

    Thankfully Yahoo is so concerned about user security that they won't let you see images in your emails by default. Oh wait, this is the same company that ended up having a substantially slower response than either Microsoft or Google to the Heartbleed bug and may have compromised numerous passwords in the process.

  • jonny_the_cat

    You know what would be great.... if Yahoo would use google's cloud messaging service to push mail notifications to devices, rather than using their own and holding a second connection (as well as the application) open all the time.

  • andy_o

    Still doesn't use GCM. Nor does the Outlook app, btw.

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    People use Yahoo?

    • Q

      People use Gmail?

      • inzandity

        Yep..for over 10 years now

    • lusky3

      Japan loves their Yahoo.

  • abobobilly

    Using This piece of crap over Stock Android email app ... NEVER.

  • Just_Some_Nobody

    All that purple makes me ill.

  • Just_Some_Nobody

    All that purple makes me ill.

  • LSH99

    Possibly the slowest app I have ever used. Brutal.

  • Sakshar Thakkar

    Wait for the 30.1 update, they'll load the image by default!