When you press the GIF button, the app lets you search Tumblr by keyword and browse available GIFs.

Just like competitors, Yahoo Messenger compresses the photos to reduce load times for everyone.

But contrarily to its competitors, Yahoo Messenger also lets you download original full size photos if you want to save them in your camera roll.

When it comes to other messaging capabilities, Yahoo emphasizes three key features.

You can unsend messages if you regret sending them.

When you first launch the app, Yahoo lets you log in with your phone number and scans your address book to find other Yahoo Messenger contacts.

This Whats App-like approach shows that Yahoo is willing to create a new social graph from scratch, based on your phone number and not your Yahoo ID. If people around you start using Yahoo Messenger for a group conversation, you might end up creating group conversations yourself.

But it’s not just about text as you can send pictures for example.

The app lets you shoot something with your phone or pick photos already in your camera roll.

Gone is the availability status, quirky screen names and other old metaphors.

Now, Yahoo Messenger lets you chat with your friends just like you would in any other modern messaging app.

You’ll also find Yahoo Messenger in Yahoo Mail, like Hangouts conversations in Gmail.