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Mozilla Thunderbird Open-Source Email Client Is Coming to Android Devices

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The Mozilla Thunderbird and K-9 Mail projects work on an improved version of the K-9 Mail open-source Android email app by offering users a better account setup experience using Thunderbird's account auto-configuration wizard, the ability to sync Thunderbird desktop and mobile apps, support for message filters, and improved folder management.
In time, this work that the developers of the Mozilla Thunderbird and K-9 Mail projects plan to implement in the coming months will transform the existing K-9 Mail app for Android into Thunderbird for Android.

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    Today, we announced our detailed plans for Thunderbird on mobile. We also welcomed the open-source Android email client K-9 Mail into the Thunderbird family. Below, you’ll find an evolving list of frequently asked questions about this collaboration and our future plans.

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    For years, we’ve wanted to extend Thunderbird beyond the desktop, and the path to delivering a great Thunderbird on Android™ experience started in 2018.

    That’s when Thunderbird Product Manager Ryan Lee Sipes first met up with Christian Ketterer (aka “cketti”), the project maintainer for open-source Android email client K-9 Mail. The two instantly wanted to find a way for the two projects to collaborate. Throughout the following few years, the conversation evolved into how to create an awesome, seamless email experience across platforms.

    But Ryan and cketti both agreed that the final product had to reflect the shared values of both projects. It had to be open source, respect the user, and be a perfect fit for power users who crave customization and a rich feature set.

    “Ultimately,” Sipes says, “it made sense to work together instead of developing a mobile client from scratch.”

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  • Thunderbird on Android Plans Announced

    Open source, cross-platform email client Thunderbird has announced plans to provide Thunderbird on Android and iOS devices.

    According to Jason Evangelho in the announcement, K-9 Mail has officially joined the Thunderbird family and will ultimately transform into Thunderbird on Android. Additionally, K-9 Mail’s project maintainer, Christian Ketterer, has joined the Thunderbird staff.

    “This move allows Thunderbird users to have a powerful, privacy-respecting email experience today on Android. Plus, it lets the community help shape the transition of K-9 Mail into a fully featured mobile Thunderbird experience,” Evangelho says.

Thunderbird is go for Android – in K-9 Mail form

  • Thunderbird is go for Android – in K-9 Mail form • The Register

    The cross platform email client Thunderbird 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 has announced how it will do it.

    It has acquired the FOSS Android email client and one-time Register app of the week 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 asking for an Android version for years. This is an unexpected route to get there, but it's a viable one: K-9 is a well-regarded app, and one of the very few Android apps to handle traditional bottom-posted email.

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