Mozilla today announced a new email client for Android units known as K-9 Mail. The brand new cell app is being launched as a part of Mozilla’s Thunderbird family of open-source desktop e-mail and chat purposes.
The Mozilla Basis mentioned additionally it is at present evaluating the event of a Okay-9 e-mail consumer for iOS units.
Okay-9 Mail contains an improved account setup utilizing Thunderbird account auto-configuration, improved folder administration, assist for message filters, and synchronization between desktop and cell variations of Thunderbird, Mozilla mentioned. (Okay-9 Mail is offered for download through these various sites.)
“In the end, Okay-9 Mail will remodel into Thunderbird on Android, as soon as sure improvement milestones have been achieved which align it carefully with Thunderbird’s function set and visible look,” Okay-9 Mail Undertaking Maintainer Christian Ketterer mentioned in a blog post. (Ketterer is best identified within the Mozilla open-source developer neighborhood as cketti.)
Thunderbird is a free and open-source e-mail, calendaring, newsfeed, and chat consumer with greater than 20 million energetic month-to-month customers throughout Home windows, macOS, and Linux.
Like Thunderbird, the Okay-9 Mail mission is fully funded by the Mozilla Basis neighborhood of open-source builders.
At the moment, Android cell customers have a number of email and chat options, together with Google’s Gmail, Microsoft Outloo,okay and ProtonMail, an end-to-end encrypted e-mail service.
Ryan Lee Sipes, Thunderbird Product Supervisor, mentioned working with the Thunderbird e-mail workforce to develop the brand new cell consumer made extra sense than growing a cell consumer from scratch. “Becoming a member of the Thunderbird household permits Okay-9 to turn into extra sustainable and offers us the assets to implement long-requested options and fixes that our customers need,” Sipes mentioned. “In different phrases, Okay-9 Mail will soar to larger heights with the assistance of Thunderbird.”
Mozilla plans to supply Firefox Sync as one choice to permit customers to securely sync accounts between Thunderbird and Okay-9. The function is anticipated to be applied in the summertime of 2023.
Okay-9 could have the same feel and appear to Thunderbird’s present desktop app, apart from sure capabilities.
Thunderbird for Android initially won’t assist calendars, duties, feeds, or chat just like the desktop app, cketti wrote in a Q&A included as a part of his weblog put up. Ketterer mentioned the developer workforce is first engaged on “a tremendous e-mail expertise,” and is contemplating one of the best ways to supply Thunderbird’s different performance on Android. “However at present [we] are nonetheless debating how greatest to attain that.”
For example, he wrote, one methodology to have the ability to use Thunderbird’s desktop e-mail function set is to easily sync calendars, after which customers can use their most well-liked calendar software on their gadget.
“However we now have to debate this throughout the workforce, and the Thunderbird and Okay-9 communities, then resolve what the perfect strategy is,” Ketterer wrote.
Thunderbird is operated by MZLA Applied sciences. which is a subsidiary of the Mozilla Basis.
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