Yahoo's new spin: Landscape IMs for iPhone

Less than a month after Yahoo released Yahoo Messenger for iPhone and iPod Touch, a new version adds two features with a triple-tweaked version.

Yahoo Messenger for iPhone--landscape mode
Landscape mode may make typing faster, but you'll lose chatting real estate up front. Screenshot by Jessica Dolcourt/CNET

Less than a month after Yahoo released Yahoo Messenger for iPhone and iPod Touch (download), the Sunnyvale, Calif., company is back with a triple-tweaked version.

Yahoo Messenger for iPhone--report a problem
Find a problem? Report it to Yahoo. Yahoo Inc.

Support for chatting in landscape mode is the most noticeable new capability hammered into version 1.1. Turning the iPhone to the side slides up the virtual QWERTY, but it also shrinks the visible chat space to a line or two, the typical trade-off.

In addition, Yahoo has also added a dialog box for reporting bugs, which you'll find at the bottom of the Settings window. The third change is a fix for the rickety sign-in and connection issues that some users have been reporting. If you still notice problems down the road in this area, well, there's no better time to make use of that new feedback tool.

About the author

Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.

 

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