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Yahoo Mail Mandatory Update?Support


  1. NOVAdroid2151

    NOVAdroid2151 Well-Known Member

    Anyone use Yahoo Mail's app today?

    I was just hit with a message that says,

    "In Order to continue using this app, you must download to version 1.2 of this app in order to continue"
    then I have 'Install' and "Exit".

    Is this common or a possible virus/bug?

    New to Android here.
    Thanks!

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  2. PTdroid55

    PTdroid55 New Member


    Yes, I just got this today as well. Yahoo Mail is still in the Android Market, version 1.0.4, so I am suspicious of this version 1.2 "update", something isn't right here...
  3. The only way to fix this error message is to download (if you don't have it already) the Yahoo Messenger app and do the following:

    1) Tap the Yahoo Mesenger app
    2) If you have email it will notify you top left, tap it
    3) It will get you into the Yahoo mail app

    Don't ask me how or why this works but it does. I was on the phone with AT&T tech support (I have the Samsung Galaxy S/Captivate) and I fixed it myself.

    Hope this helps.
  4. Reverence

    Reverence Well-Known Member

    I have the Yahoo Mail App on the Droid Incredible and I'm am getting the same thing. Is it safe to download? I clicked the download by accident and it was downloading from a weird ftp and not yahoo it seemed like.
  5. No. As I stated above, if you haven't downloaded the Yahoo Messenger app, download it. If you get into the Yahoo Messenger app and then click your emails on the top left/drag down .. you will be able to get into Yahoo Mail app and the error message will go away. It worked for me.
  6. Reverence

    Reverence Well-Known Member

    Well what exactly is this mandatory update then and should we be worried?
  7. cageordie

    cageordie New Member

    I just got this too. I tried searching for the download domain in association with Yahoo mail and didn't find anything. So for now I'll be leaving this alone. I tried deleting and reinstalling Yahoo Mail off the marketplace and got 1.0.4 again. Given that it isn't replaced there I will not be installing 1.2.0 from a third party site.

    If this is real then it's amateur night at Yahoo, I guess this the ongoing effect of their association with MS ;-)
  8. To be honest, I don't know what this is all about. When I called AT&T, they advised me they knew of this message but did not have anything to report. Originally they advised me to contact Samsung, but like I said I fixed it myself and didn't need to call Samsung.

    Try what I stated above and if it works--great. If not, call your wireless carrier.

    Regarding if its important, from what I've been advised and based on my own research the Android OS is pretty secure. Being that a lot of us are getting this, it could be a simple programming glitch and not a virus or whatever.
  9. DAVEX

    DAVEX New Member

    Appears to be associated with Yahoo. Located the zenfs.com domain in several blackberry forum posts regarding Yahoo applications (finance mostly).

    A whois lookup reveals the following:

    WHOIS information for zenfs.com :

    [Querying whois.verisign-grs.com][whois.verisign-grs.com]
    Whois Server Version 2.0
    Domain Name: ZENFS.COM
    Registrar: MARKMONITOR INC.
    Whois Server: whois.markmonitor.com
    Referral URL: MarkMonitor | Brand Protection, Domain Management, Anti Fraud Solutions
    Name Server: NS1.YAHOO.COM
    Name Server: NS2.YAHOO.COM
    Name Server: NS3.YAHOO.COM
    Name Server: NS4.YAHOO.COM
    Name Server: NS5.YAHOO.COM
    Status: clientDeleteProhibited
    Status: clientTransferProhibited
    Status: clientUpdateProhibited
    Updated Date: 15-dec-2009
    Creation Date: 16-jan-2008
    Expiration Date: 16-jan-2011

    Yahoo.com and yahoomail.com give:

    Domain Name: YAHOOMAIL.COM
    Registrar: MARKMONITOR INC.
    Whois Server: whois.markmonitor.com
    Referral URL: MarkMonitor | Brand Protection, Domain Management, Anti Fraud Solutions
    Name Server: NS1.YAHOO.COM
    Name Server: NS2.YAHOO.COM
    Name Server: NS3.YAHOO.COM
    Name Server: NS4.YAHOO.COM
    Name Server: NS5.YAHOO.COM
    Status: clientDeleteProhibited
    Status: clientTransferProhibited
    Status: clientUpdateProhibited
    Updated Date: 04-oct-2010
    Creation Date: 06-nov-1996
    Expiration Date: 05-nov-2011

    Looks to be legit, but my guess is that it wasn't supposed to be released in this way. I was unable to find any reference to the file name mail_4076.apk or a planned upgrade. Plus i'm sure they would have pushed it out the traditional market push.

    Regards,

    DaveX
  10. rsm

    rsm New Member

    I had this mystery mandatory download pop up too. I looked up zenfs.com, which is where you download the mystery file from and it is registered to Yahoo: Zenfs.com - Zenfs
  11. rsm

    rsm New Member

    You just beat me to this! Good job!
  12. Reverence

    Reverence Well-Known Member

    I figured seeing as the domain was associated with Yahoo I would give it a try. I downloaded the .apk and it is a new version of the mail app (1.2.0). Seems to work good on my HTC Incredible. Has some UI updates, some new icons, and the ability to have multiple accounts. Might have been pushed by accident. I sent an e-mail to yahoo support just to verify that it is legit, but it looks like a legitimate update and doesn't seem like there is a reason or need to be alarmed.
  13. DAVEX

    DAVEX New Member

    Ran a few virus scans on the file itself and didn't find anything. Assuming it's not some zero day (or my scanners are just dumb when it comes to .apk files) it does not appear to be malicious.

    Yahoo! Mail 1.2.0 installed. We will see....

    DaveX
  14. Hey .. can you get a picture of it and post it, please? I'm curious to know what it looks like :)
  15. 12stringchap

    12stringchap Active Member

    FINALLLYYYY!!!!!

    When you enter an email and press the menu button there is an option to select text now. That must be added in the 1.2 update. My gf's fascinate doesn't have that option.
  16. I wonder when it will be available for my phone. I have the Samsung Captivate (aka Galaxy S) with AT&T. Right now I'm being informed this is not an AT&T approved file and thus is blocked. I haven't and don't want to root my phone so I'm stuck until it's "official" or put on the app market I guess :(
  17. 12stringchap

    12stringchap Active Member

    I'm not rooted either. In fact I just bought the Droid X 45 minutes ago and it came up when I was loading my apps back in.
  18. spiritbear0

    spiritbear0 Member

    Samsung galaxy S- Bell canada
    eclair 2.1 stock JH2

    installed the update and now it force closes each time i go to inbox

    ridiculous to force an update which doesnt work




  19. Try uninstalling the Yahoo Mail app from the Android market and reinstalling it after you reboot the device.
  20. Lamanster

    Lamanster New Member

    It didn't work on my Droid X. I got the same mandatory message. Thanks for the suggestion anyway.
  21. spartan948265

    spartan948265 Active Member

    Uninstalling the app and reinstalling it doesn't make it go away, it just comes right back.
  22. mntbighker

    mntbighker Well-Known Member

    The Market page NOW says a "pre-release alpha" was accidentally released and it should NOT be used. Version 1.0.4 is the current version.
    NoPityForACoward likes this.
  23. The uninstall and reinstall suggestion was for the person whose app kept crashing.

    To fix the quirk with the "mandatory update," you have to tap the Yahoo Messenger app, let it notify you of new mail, tap the mail on the top left, and it will open the yahoo mail app. You can open and close the yahoo mail app from then on with no error message. That's how I fixed my "mandatory update." I didn't update but it allowed me to get in.
  24. spiritbear0

    spiritbear0 Member

    NoPity - Thanks this worked :)

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