One of the most important feature requests we've heard from you is "WHERE THE HECK IS MY #THUNDERBIRD MOBILE APP?"
Here's a straight answer:
YES, we're excited to announce that an Android version of Thunderbird is coming!
We'll have more details to share with you in a few weeks. We'll talk to you about it here, and over on our blog at https://blog.thunderbird.net.
@thunderbird "in a few weeks"… sorry, I should more carefully read your posts. Thanks + can't wait! 💗
Do I remember correctly that a couple years ago you were short on manpower to maintain desktop version of Thunderbird?
I use fairmail currently but I'd love to try it out!
Also PLEASE have feature parity with the desktop version (PGP/SMIME) since most android apps are either not open source or missing them :(
@thunderbird Nice ! I'll be glad to test it out, even if I'm currently fine with K9mail. (already using Thunderbird on desktop, though).
However, I think that @Ahorn and @fuomag9 have raised two important points that I'd like to second:
Please plan to publish your app via #FDroid right from the start - and include encryption via #PGP and #SMIME
Oh - and just drop the word here when you start looking for beta testers 😊
@thunderbird Maybe have a premium version like FairEmail's model to make the project sustainable...?
@thunderbird Please invest your effort in making encryption rules work again as in enigma. K9 with open key chain does already a good job on android. No need for tb there.
@thunderbird very stoked for this! I've not been satisfied with K9, mostly just because of some illogical decisions it has on merged inboxes. Fairemail is functional but it ain't pretty. So there is a real need for FOSS alternatives!
I mean, FairEmail has thrilled me now so mobile email is a high bar, but YAY!
@thunderbird This is gonna be good. I use Fairmail a lot, so I'm excited to see what you guys can make. All I ask is to give UI and UX just as high of priority as actual functionality. An email client needs to both work well and look good doing it 😂👍🏼
I'm happy to read that ! I'll gladly test it, I currently use K9-Mail which is pretty decent already.
@Jonathan Thanks for offering! Stay tuned and we'll try to share all the details as soon as humanly possible.
@thunderbird Nice, the options for a good FOSS mail client are pretty sparse on Android in my opinion. I might try it out.
@thunderbird Great news, I'm looking forward to trying it out! I hope it will be available on Fdroid
@thunderbird It will be interesting if you can create a better app than FairEmail 🙂 It can be hard, though, but it is not impossible.
@thunderbird Currently I am using FairEmail as my main email client, Thunderbird for android will be my choice I believe when it comes out.
Wow! That's amazing news!
I'm excited, and in a way relieved that I'll soon (?) wont have to redirect my colleagues who complain that they haven't found TB on the Playstore and hence cannot access their 📨 on their 📱.
Hopefully, it will implement the new "settings export-import" feature (and optionally, the cloud sync that I thought I read about here but cannot find any track of) to make the migration smooth.
Lightning and the cal- carddav sync would be the cherry on the top.
@thunderbird Love to hear the news. Please strongly consider to make your app available in the F-Droid store. You definitely would fill a gap.
Since FairEmail is most-likely EOL, there are no alternatives left. (IMHO K-9 is none )
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