Android email apps
2019. Email client Spark lands on Android
Spark, an email client developed by Readdle, has managed to attract one million users on iOS and macOS over the years, is now available on Android. Spark focuses on power-user features, customization and collaboration. The app is available for free and you can optionally pay to unlock more collaborative features. Some features aren’t yet available on Android. The company is working on quick replies, email templates, email delegation for teams, the calendar view and third-party app integrations. It starts with smart notifications. You can let Spark ignore non-relevant emails and notify you on important threads. Similarly, the Smart Inbox view puts newsletters and less important emails in separate categories so you can focus on what’s important. The timing of the release is perfect, as Google Inbox is shutting down this week. If you’re into smart email clients that automatically sort your inbox based on multiple criteria, Spark could fit the bill.
2019. Mobile Gmail gets Material Design UI
Gmail on mobile (for iOS and Android) is getting a new look that is in line with the company’s recent Material Design updates to Gmail, Drive, Calendar and Docs and Site. Indeed, the new UI will look familiar to anybody who has ever used the Gmail web app, including that version’s ability to select three different density styles. You’ll also see some new fonts and other visual tweaks. In terms of functionality, the mobile app is also getting a few new features that put it on par with the web version. Like on the desktop, you can now choose between the default view, as well as a comfortable and compact style. Google also notes that the new design makes it a bit easier to switch between accounts. Another nice addition to the mobile app is that the large red phishing and scam warning box from the web version now also appears in the mobile app.
2018. Google discontinues Inbox by GMail
Google officially announced that Inbox by Gmail, the company’s experimental email client for Gmail, will shut down at the end of March 2019. Google says it’s making this change to put its focus “solely on Gmail.” While that makes sense, it’s a shame to see Inbox sail into the setting sun, given that it pioneered many of the features that have now become part of the new Gmail. While the new Gmail now has most of Inbox’s features, one that is sorely missing is trip bundles. This useful feature, which automatically groups all of your flight, hotel, event and car reservations into a single bundle, is one of Inbox’s best features. Google plans to bring this to Gmail early next year — hopefully well before Inbox shuts down.
2018. Yahoo Mail launches version for mobile web
Yahoo announced two new versions of Yahoo Mail, optimised for mobile web and an app for Android Go, a version of Android specifically tailored for cheaper handsets. In other words, one very clear aim of enhancing the mobile web and Android One experience is to try to grow use of Yahoo Mail among new categories of users, specifically among people who are using lower-end devices, either in emerging markets or as more casual mobile users in more mature markets. The company says that it now has 227.8 million monthly active email users. It’s a small number also relatively speaking: as a comparison, Google’s Gmail reported 1.4 billion users this past April.
2018. Google launches a lightweight Gmail Go app for Android
Gmail Go is the new app in the Android Go line. It takes up less storage space on users’ smartphones and makes better use of mobile data compared with the regular version of Gmail. The app also offers standard Gmail features like multiple account support, conversation view, attachments, and push notifications for new messages. It also prioritizes messages from friends and family first, while categorizing promotional and social emails in separate tabs, as Gmail does.
2015. Microsoft launches Outlook for iOS and Android
Microsoft already provided two Outlook-branded but rather limited apps: Outlook.com app for Android and OWA apps for Android and iOS that only work for paying Office 365 subscribers. The new Outlook for Android and iOS phones and tablets, based on the application Acompli it acquired (for $200) last December and has look and feel quite a bit like the original Acompli app. It will support Office 365, Exchange, Outlook.com, Yahoo! Mail and Gmail, as well as most other email providers. The Outlook app also allows you to send attachments through many cloud services, including Microsoft’s own OneDrive, as well as Dropbox and others. Similar to most modern email apps, the new Outlook apps now also support various swipe gestures, which you can customize to your need.
2014. Zoho Mail is available for iOS and Android phones
Zoho released the long awaited native mobile app for Zoho Mail for iPhone and Android. Besides providing a sleek, intuitive and fluid interface to access your email on the run, it also includes exclusive Calendar, Contacts and Files modules – a complete email app suite. The result is an app that empowers users to maximize their productivity while on the move. The app features include customizable push notifications, quick swipe actions, reminders for emails you’d like to defer until later, powerful search, ability to work with attachments.