It's easy to laugh at Yahoo. Other tech brands like Google, Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft have grown in prominence over the last ten years. But rather than improve, Yahoo has mostly just continued. It's still a giant presence. Millions of people use its services. It just doesn't grab headlines like the competition.
Well, Yahoo has now re-released one of its most widely known properties, Yahoo Messenger. Thing is, it looks like this.
I hope you like gradients, because they're making their way over from Yahoo Mail.
Yahoo says it has rebuilt Messenger from the ground up, integrating the likes of Flickr, Tumblr, and Xobni to produce something that will last for years to come. Expect the UI to look like this for a long time.
The new Yahoo Messenger comes with features that may seem foreign to folks who haven't used the instant messenger since the days when it was something you installed alongside AIM. Kids these days like communicating in group chats (not unlike kids back in the day, who called them chatrooms), and the new client supports liking messages, unsending, and sharing animated GIFs.
Also, photos. That's where the Flickr integration comes in. The new Yahoo supports sharing hundreds of photos at a time. Doing so is probably a good way to grind a conversation to a halt, but the option is there.
Yahoo Messenger 2.0 is available as an update to the existing app, which hadn't really changed all that much since its launch in 2010. You can find it in the Play Store below.