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IMAP IDLE / IMAP Push for the E-Mail app [released]

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asked 2013-12-24 20:47:52 +0300

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updated 2015-05-06 17:47:49 +0300

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What can I say: There is more than GMail and Exchange. Even smaller hosting companies already provide IMAP IDLE (like http://df.eu) for none or very little money.

EDIT 21-01-2015 - Announced as upcoming feature here

EDIT 20-04-2015 - Will be in 1.1.4, as stated here.

EDIT 04-05-2015 - Actually released in for all users here

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I rather see a uniform single inbox for multiple email providers

Aad 't Hart ( 2013-12-24 20:52:00 +0300 )edit

I concur: IMAP IDLE support is absolutely needed. I had it on my N9 already, and it is really unpleasant to switch to an email client that doesn't support it.

clau ( 2013-12-25 12:23:29 +0300 )edit

Would be also nice for it to understand threads and be able to send email in plain text instead of HTML

viq ( 2013-12-25 14:04:47 +0300 )edit

To be honest I didn't expect Jolla mail client to be lacking IMAP push/idle support from beginning. Hopefully this will be included in next release. The overall reliability and ease of use of mail client in Jolla needs to be revised and really worked extensively on(UI, features, options, settings).

zlatko ( 2013-12-25 21:37:31 +0300 )edit

zlatko, unfortunately the current situation is even worse: the automatic sync is broken too. I have it set to 5 minutes and often enough tens of minutes pass before I do a manual update and I see any new email.

clau ( 2013-12-26 01:11:53 +0300 )edit

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answered 2014-12-03 00:26:10 +0300

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IMAP IDLE can monitor just one folder. Would be nice to have IMAP NOTIFY (https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc5465) instead...

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Even having notify support for a single folder would be a great boon for me: I have a special folder for priority mail that should trigger notifications (I don't expect notifications from the main INBOX, I use it more asynchronously).

Ivan Vilata-i-Balaguer ( 2015-03-11 22:09:25 +0300 )edit

Looks like neither dovecot nor cyrus support NOTIFY right now. Did I miss something? Is there a similar alternative that does?

WhyNotHugo ( 2015-04-25 07:42:36 +0300 )edit

answered 2015-03-24 03:39:29 +0300

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Release candidate for 1.1.4 seems to implement IMAP IDLE (source):

IMAP idle/push support for mail accounts

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works like charm - changed setting for my peak to "Always-up-to-date", all apps closed, notify aboud new email with max delay from thunderbird


pan tau ( 2015-04-25 06:05:00 +0300 )edit

answered 2014-06-20 15:31:21 +0300

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any new news about imap idle?

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Update 8 will -probably- bring per account sync schedule which @VDVsx said is a prerequisite. I suspect -pure speculation here- it will be in update 9 or 10.

ApB ( 2014-06-20 16:32:05 +0300 )edit

Yes enablers are now in place, unfortunately there are some not related nasty bugs around that need attention before introduction this new feature, so can't promise atm.

VDVsx ( 2014-07-15 09:30:42 +0300 )edit

@VDVsx Can you update us on the status of IMAP IDLE implementation? Can we expect it before year's end?

zlatko ( 2014-08-21 08:03:26 +0300 )edit

No promises, at the moment it just needs integration with the system(i.e few strings in acctts + integration with msyncd scheduler), works well by my tests, but unfortunately I got some other tasks and was unable to finish it. When latest code is released would be possible to enable from command line at least.

VDVsx ( 2014-08-21 09:41:32 +0300 )edit

@VDVsx Thank you for the info! :) Sounds promising. CLI is OK, it can be even used for community testing like the connman patch before releasing. :)

zlatko ( 2014-08-21 10:01:04 +0300 )edit

answered 2015-04-22 11:11:43 +0300

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since the imap push function is implemented. But it seems not to work correct in my case. I readded the account already. On the cover of the email app I see the last fetching email time.

Is it for you working correct?

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Do you have the "Always-up-to-date" option in the settings for that account ? If so and enabled you can try to send emails to the device, they should arrive almost immediately depending on your provider.

VDVsx ( 2015-04-24 09:53:43 +0300 )edit

rly it doesnt work as expected.

after system update to 1.4 i set allways-update and as mail client was already openned, maybe i did manual update, it worked. then i set offpeak to twiceday, peak (starting monday at 9) allways-up-to-date

i restarted phone yesterday and didnt touch email, this morning when i took phone at 10'clock i was expected to see new emails (peak 9-17), but nothing, i had to open mail, update and then i got them all, so i close email client, asked for test email, and it arrived and i got notifications

so there is no connection to server after phone fresh boot until mail is openned (synced)

pan tau ( 2015-04-27 11:23:54 +0300 )edit

That shouldn't be needed, but I noticed that network is not notifying all the time, specially when you alternate from wifi to mobile or vice-versa.

VDVsx ( 2015-04-27 11:34:29 +0300 )edit

today i rebooted in peak time and got emails right after phone boots, will see tomorrow morning :) i dont switch from wlan to mobile ...

i disabling mobile data sometimes, will see if it start notify or not after got back online

pan tau ( 2015-04-27 22:40:44 +0300 )edit

@pan tau - So you have mobile data on ? or also wlan sometimes ? what I meant is automatic switch the phone does that when there are available known wlan networks.

VDVsx ( 2015-04-28 08:57:41 +0300 )edit

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