Yahoo Revamps Its Mail Apps, Creates New Weather App

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Yahoo has delivered new mail apps for iPads and Android tablets alike, along with a new weather app for iPhones only.

Yahoo had redesigned its mail service for iPhones, Android phones, Windows phones and the Web in December. Now, the transformation of its mail service is complete as tablets, too, have received an upgrade.

“We’ve designed Yahoo! Mail to take full advantage of the tablet making reading your email faster, easier and just a little bit more fun,” Lee Parry, Yahoo’s senior director of mobile and emerging products, wrote in an official company blog.

Reading a Message Is a Full-Screen Experience

The redesign places messages front and center by making reading a message a full-screen experience. Yahoo claims to have stripped away all of the extra design elements to make the app as simple and convenient as possible.

“There are no folders, no buttons, no tabs — just you and your mail — and you can easily flip through it like a magazine,” Parry elaborated.

When viewing a message in full screen, users are able to quickly flip to the previous or prior message by swiping the screen in that direction. The page will flip to the next message — similarly, indeed, to flipping the pages in a magazine. 

The new app also makes it easier to sort through a messy inbox. Users are able to quickly select or swipe messages to archive, delete or star and the app will group messages based on sender.

The Yahoo Mail app is available for iPad and iPhone users running iOS 6.0 or later, and for Android tablets running Android 2.2 and up.

Weather App Is Photo-Centric

The new weather app for iPhone is photo-centric, displaying different images when opened in big cities around the world based on weather conditions, location and time of day.

The weather app includes a traditional forecast, along with expanded information such as wind speed and humidity, an area map and precipitation. The app will also show users the phase of the moon and the sun’s current location in the sky.

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