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What alternatives to the native Jolla email app have you tested?

asked 2016-02-28 20:30:42 +0300

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As the email app (and other stuff to) only offers few options and gets no improvment for some time no i wanted to ask what app you are using, what apps you have tested, what apps run flawlessly on Sailfish?

So far i tried Aquamail (Basic) from Yandex - where until now everything seems to run without problems (well besides that swichting to next mail via swipe from left often interferes with the native gesture to enter the message screen).

I also wanted to try k@mail - as these to me seem to be the ones trustworthy (not saving my data/passwords on their servers or similar). There is also k9 - but as k@mail is build on that + has a nicer look i would prefer that. Has anyone tried that one (i could not find a store/download so far and don't use play store)?

What apps do you use successfully?

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I've tried only Nine for accessing my Exchange account, but I wasn't able to add any accounts to the app :(

AnaT ( 2016-02-28 21:04:11 +0300 )edit

I can't find any indication that 'K-@ Mail' is built on K-9 Mail apart from their claim that it is. Either it is built on K-9, in which case they are legally violating the copyright license of K-9 as a source code repository is nowhere to be found, or it isn't, in which case they're lying. I wouldn't trust them.

In any case I think K-9 Mail is the most complete mail client that exists, so if you're looking for something similar to desktop mail clients, K-9 is the way to go.

nthn ( 2016-02-28 21:59:45 +0300 )edit

@nthn : k9 is FOSS, you can find the sources here:

LameDuck ( 2016-02-29 15:16:03 +0300 )edit

@LameDuck: yes, I know, that's why I said K-@Mail seems to violate K-9 Mail's license.

nthn ( 2016-03-01 12:03:31 +0300 )edit

Sorry, I got your comment wrong.

LameDuck ( 2016-03-01 22:38:02 +0300 )edit

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answered 2016-02-29 13:10:58 +0300

RussH gravatar image

dekko (at looks like a nice native email client. However it's built for Ubuntu touch. I'm not clear on the dependencies or if a port is even feasible. Presumably it's closely tied to that platform.

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indeed look nice, i will take a look if I find the time

elldekaa ( 2016-03-02 16:57:50 +0300 )edit

answered 2016-03-01 23:32:48 +0300

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On Android I use K9-Mail, and I can recommend it (for an Android device). It does a good IMAP job and is capable of GPG encryption (using another app called APG). Both are FOSS.

For the Jolla phone I think it is totally useless to do e-mail with a non-native application. An e-mail-client is running 24/7 and should be well integrated in the system (autostart etc.). Aliendalvik is not the latter and running Android apps 24/7 will most certainly cut battery life by a great portion. So..

I agree that the native e-mail client is quite poor and you will have to use something else at least in addition if you are serious about it in any way.

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If only the default mail client was open source - I'm sure there quite a few developers using it that would be willing to help fix at least the biggest deficiencies...

MartinK ( 2016-03-01 23:49:15 +0300 )edit

There is another problem: the Jolla store does not allow applications that run background tasks. So a native Jolla mail client that checks mail even when it is not open (a perfectly reasonable request, you will agree) can only be distributed via openrepos. Funnily enough, the same restriction does not apply to Android clients, you just have to configure the app for background tasks.

Federico ( 2016-03-02 09:17:21 +0300 )edit

answered 2016-02-29 12:37:02 +0300

Christoph7K gravatar image

You could try myMail from the Amazon Appstore. It's the best app I've tried so far though it doesn't run 100% smooth after the newest update.

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