Thunderbird is gone for Android – as K-9 mail • The Registry

The Thunderbird cross-platform email client is to launch an Android version, which will be based on the existing K-9 app.

A month after Thunderbird’s product manager, Ryan Lee Sipes, tweeted that a mobile version of the email client was “coming soon”, the project announcement how will it be.

It acquired Android email client FOSS and one-time check-in app K-9 Mail, which will become Thunderbird for Android.

The Thunderbird Foundation has hired Christian Ketterer, known online as “cketti”, developer of K-9.

Thunderbird users have been ask for an Android version for years. It’s an unexpected path to get there, but it’s a viable one: K-9 is a beloved app and one of the few Android apps that manages traditional apps. posted below E-mail.

This is important for heavy Internet mail users, who are often the same kind of people who prefer open-source, cross-platform tools, such as Thunderbird. Tellingly, K-9 mail is also the basis for the Foundation’s degoogled smartphone mail client /e/.

The Mozilla Foundation created Thunderbird in 2017, but continues to support it and the program is under active development.

According to a recent blog Publishthe Thunderbird ProjectFinances are healthy.

Slats confirmed that Apple iDevice owners will have to wait a little longer: for now, K-9 Mail is an Android-only app. However, this is arguably less urgent, as iOS and iPadOS come with a standard email client, which is quite capable. It may also be more difficult, given Apple’s ban on competing web renderers on iOS – although this faces legal challenges from the EU.

The Thunderbird Project has released a FAQs about the agreement, which contains a very promising detail:

Will I be able to sync my Thunderbird accounts with K-9 Mail?

“Yes. We plan to offer Firefox Sync as an option to allow you to securely sync accounts between Thunderbird and K-9 Mail. We expect this feature to be implemented in summer 2023.”

Synchronization between Thunderbird installations has been a long-time desire among Thunderbird users, first opened as bug 46444 14 years ago – with a prime on his head. After a decade and a half, it would be fun if syncing between desktop and mobile turns out to be the spur to finally get this implemented. ®

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