Shoemaker acknowledges that the feature is a "trade-off." The updated app is also designed to let you send hundreds of pictures at a time, quickly.That's due to technology Shoemaker developed at Cooliris, the chat startup Yahoo bought last year, bringing him to the company.To speed up the sending process, the service presents you with a low-resolution version of the picture first, then replaces it with a higher-resolution one when downloading is complete.
Shoemaker said Livetext and the new Yahoo Messenger serve different audiences and will coexist, at least for now.
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You may know Snapchat, Whats App and Google's Gchat. It's the venerable chat service from the bygone era of buddy lists and screen names, much like AOL's Instant Messenger.
A Yahoo spokeswoman declined to comment on the reports.
For Austin Shoemaker, senior director of product management for Yahoo Messenger, the hope is simply to get the app back on track.