This feature is somewhat of a follow-up to Things Going Wrong, an article I scribbled way back in May about various Android bugs that plagued my very existence.
Except this time it’s all about the Android Yahoo! Mail app. It was working fine for a long time, several months I reckon, but this week he’s started acting like a petulant teenager: temperamental and utterly unpredictable.
Several bizarre things have started happening, and they all seem to be entirely unrelated. As far as I can tell, anyway. I guess the best way to explain is just to list them separately. Here goes.
Disappearing draft with bonus Trash action
So the other day I was composing a message to someone when I got a new email from Mobotorial Director Emma. My phone vibrated and the new email tone played, which is all well and good, but the message I’d been composing disappeared. What the…?
As an added bonus, when I logged into the desktop Yahoo! Mail, I noticed a hunk of my drafts (all different dates) had been moved into the Trash folder. Actually, that’s not the first time that’s happened. Weird.
Switching connection - new email but there’s no new email
I’ve read about this happening before, but I’m not sure there’s any sort of resolution. After all, it’s not like there’s much you can do to the app, other than close it and reopen it.
Yeah, so, I’m in my flat on Wi-Fi and I get some new emails, blah blah blah. When I go outside and the connection switches to 3G, the Yahoo! Mail app thinks the most recent email is new, so my phone vibrates, the tone sounds, and I get a notification in the notification bar. Except there isn’t any new mail. Argh.
This happened a few times when I was out and about yesterday. I got a new email and the Yahoo! Mail app decided it was in fact three separate emails, so I got an extended triple vibration, and three notifications.
Incidentally, the first time it was combined with “New email but there’s no new email”, so while the app insisted that I had three new emails, I in fact had none. Sob.
Push comes to shove
Right, I’m far from an expert when it comes to email, but my understanding – let’s put this in layman’s terms – is that POP involves polling the server at a pre-determined interval (every 15 or 30 minutes, say).
Push, on the other hand, means the server actively says: “Hey man, you gots some new email,” and pushes the message into my inbox.
I’m sure someone will take great delight in writing a 3,000 word essay below explaining why that’s not the case, and that I’m contender for the world’s biggest idiot. I look forward to hearing from you.
Anyway, I should be – and have been till yesterday – receiving my email as and when. But, for some reason, I sometimes have to check manually, meaning there’s email lying unread for over an hour at times, depending how busy I am.
On the plus side, those annoying emails from Groupon aren’t waking me up at 3am with the offer of some sort of spa or fake tan treatment.
Aye, so, there’s no option to poll at specific intervals. The Yahoo! Mail app uses push after all. In fact, there aren’t many options at all. Sigh.
Giant vibro action
Inevitably some people googling “Giant vibro action” are going to be seriously disappointed when they stumble across this article, but the Yahoo! Mail app just this minute did something absolutely bizarre. I think it knows I’m talking about it.
My phone vibrated quite violently and informed me that I had – wait for it – 13 new emails. Where 13 came from is anyone’s guess.
I’m quite enjoying the randomness, actually. Long may it continue.