[APP][5.0+] FairEmail - Fully featured, open source, privacy oriented email app

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chris122380

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Not all reviews have a text, and therefore not all ratings are visible. The average Play store rating calculated by Google has been going down only the past months, with a few days with an upward blip.

Anyway, circumstances force me to reduce the time I am spending on this project anyhow, which means that fixing bugs will be prioritized, with little room for new features. I might take on some challenges as a distraction, though.
The US dropped from 4.9 to 4.8 but is still the highest rated email app in the Play Store. As many have said in hear before the over all rating really doesn't mean that much especially when less then a .1 difference and when there is no other app even closer to reaching the reviews or rating of this app.

I understand the need to focus on personal life. Health, mental health, family etc are more important. As I have suggested before it would be wise to not be the only one handling everything related to the projector. It would be less stressful to allow members of the community to respond to complaints or issues.
I'm also concerned who will manage or maintain this app once for whatever reason you can't. I don't have the computer power or the programming skills to help with development (I wish I did) but I do have front end skills and time to respond to complaints and emails. Just something to think about again.
 

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The US dropped from 4.9 to 4.8 but is still the highest rated email app in the Play Store. As many have said in hear before the over all rating really doesn't mean that much especially when less then a .1 difference and when there is no other app even closer to reaching the reviews or rating of this app.

I understand the need to focus on personal life. Health, mental health, family etc are more important. As I have suggested before it would be wise to not be the only one handling everything related to the projector. It would be less stressful to allow members of the community to respond to complaints or issues.
I'm also concerned who will manage or maintain this app once for whatever reason you can't. I don't have the computer power or the programming skills to help with development (I wish I did) but I do have front end skills and time to respond to complaints and emails. Just something to think about again.
I understand your concern, but I am not planning to abandon the project. I am one of the fans of the app myself and use it to handle thousands of messages every month.

If you want to be sure (if such a thing exist), you can always switch to the Gmail or Outlook app.
 
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chris122380

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I understand your concern, but I am not planning to abandon the project. I am one of the fans of the app myself and use it to handle thousands of messages every month.

If you want to be sure (if such a thing exist), you can always switch to the Gmail or Outlook app.
No way, I'm staying on Fairemail.
 

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Wish I had a FairEmail equivalent for desktop Windows. What is everyone using btw? ( Apologies if this a off topic question}
 

Adobovs

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@M66B

Hello,

I am a paid user of your applications via F-Droid:
- FairEmail
- NetGuard

Due to a small question, I was looking for some support (Discord, Matrix, forum - chat) and came across this:
https://www.reddit.com/r/androidapps/comments/ush1mu

I am upset that you have problems with Google.

I'm not a developer but I used to use the Google API and the answers from the Google support guy were the most stupid I've ever read. (Assuming they'll even maybe talk to you).

There here is too much information,,, FairEmail so I want to ask if the development will continue?

PS:
Thank you for your time that you have devoted to the development of these awesome applications :)
 
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M66B

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@M66B

Hello,

I am a paid user of your applications via F-Droid:
- FairEmail
- NetGuard

Due to a small question, I was looking for some support (Discord, Matrix, forum - chat) and came across this:
https://www.reddit.com/r/androidapps/comments/ush1mu

I am upset that you have problems with Google.

I'm not a developer but I used to use the Google API and the answers from the Google support guy were the most stupid I've ever read. (Assuming they'll even maybe talk to you).

There here is too much information,,, FairEmail so I want to ask if the development will continue?

PS:
Thank you for your time that you have devoted to the development of these awesome applications :)
Development will continue. Please see also here:

 

M66B

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With referenced to this post https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/is-there-an-email-app-with-account-sign-out-option.4501567/

Just for clarity, does this Fairemail app have an option to connect to an MS exchange server? Also, after signing-in and using the app to retrieve emails, does it allow to sign-out via a menu option and disconnect from the exchange server?
Please see this FAQ:

https://github.com/M66B/FairEmail/blob/master/FAQ.md#user-content-faq8

If you want to disconnect from the email server, you can disable receiving in the receive settings. You can do this with a widget too.
 

GreenIce

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Please see this FAQ:

https://github.com/M66B/FairEmail/blob/master/FAQ.md#user-content-faq8

If you want to disconnect from the email server, you can disable receiving in the receive settings. You can do this with a widget too.
Thank you for the super fast reply. Very promising indeed. I am glad that I found your app here. I was looking for Desktop Outlook like app with similar functionality with being able to disconnect from the exchange server after use. I'll certainly download and try this app. Thank you.
 

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Version 1.1977 1.1978 is available on GitHub now.

!!! THIS IS AN EXPERIMENTAL VERSION !!!

If email is very important to you, do not install this version.

Changelog/download:
https://github.com/M66B/FairEmail/releases

Some devices appear not to be able to move files to a sub folder, so this version will copy and delete files.
Could you please offer experimental versions via another channel? I get the update notification via App on a more regular basis than I double check the forum posts. This means I install a version without knowledge of this experimental thing.
 
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Could you please offer experimental versions via another channel? I get the update notification via App on a more regular basis than I double check the forum posts. This means I install a version without knowledge of this experimental thing.
Just in case you don't look at the change-log before (which of course you always do first to avoid such surprises) ... ;-)
 
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M66B

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Could you please offer experimental versions via another channel? I get the update notification via App on a more regular basis than I double check the forum posts. This means I install a version without knowledge of this experimental thing.
GitHub didn't support release types, so this isn't possible.

This is also why I like people to read the charge log, which is the default action when you tap on the update notification.
 

mkasimd

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GitHub didn't support release types, so this isn't possible.

This is also why I like people to read the charge log, which is the default action when you tap on the update notification.
Is it perhaps possible for you to rename the APK to "FairEmail-v1.1978a-github-testing.apk" instead of "release", and the app checking for these words in the filename before pushing a notification?

Even if the app cannot check this, the name change alone should make it clear for end users that this is an experimental version and not a release.
 
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    O man! I know Marcel needed to rest and all that but it's so lonely out here .
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    Maybe it is because FairEmail has got such a maturity as it does not need anymore support...
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    Version 1.2000 1.2001 is available on GitHub now and via the Play Store test program after Google's approval.

    Changelog/download:
    https://github.com/M66B/FairEmail/releases

    Notable additions are OAuth for AOL, support for LanguageTool premium, and zipping of attachments in the message composer.
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    The next version will have a new option in the privacy settings tab page to remove tracking parameters from links by default. Since removing tracking parameters can lead to links that do not work anymore, this will be done only when showing the link confirmation dialog, so that removing tracking parameters can be disabled always again if needed.
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    The point is that not long ago this was 4.8, which clearly illustrates the negative trend.
    It's still the highest rated email app on the Play Store.

    Stats from the United States

    Fairemail 4.7
    Gmail 4.2
    Outlook 4.5
    Outlook Lite 3.9
    Aqua Mail 4.3
    K9 Mail 3.1
    Nine 4.1
    Newton Mail 1.8
    Proton Mail 3.5
    Spark Email 4.1
    Blue Mail 4.4

    Fairemail is unbeatable the closest email app is still .5 points behind you. I agree that you should focus on the good and the great things you have and continue to accomplish with Fairemail. You even out perform the likes of Google and Microsoft who have large staff of programmers who can't beat the like of you. Mozilla was stupid to have K9 Mail for Thunderbird on Android which is 1.6 points behind you.

    You have the BEST email app. The stats show it and continue to show. I started reading through some of these one-star reviews and many of them fail to read the instructions (this is not your fault this is theirs) or know how to use a basic email app. No matter how hard you try you cannot fix stupidity.
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    Version 1.2009 is available on GitHub now and in the Play store test program after Google's approval.

    Changelog/download:
    https://github.com/M66B/FairEmail/releases

    All reported bugs were fixed, and a few things were improved.
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    Version 1.2003 is available on GitHub now and via the Play Store test program after Google's approval.

    Changelog/download:
    https://github.com/M66B/FairEmail/releases

    If you wish, you can enable to remove tracking parameters from links by default in the privacy settings tab page now, but please be aware that the link confirmation dialog will always be shown when you do.
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    FairEmail
    Open source, privacy friendly email app for Android

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    See here for a description:
    https://github.com/M66B/open-source-email/

    See here for screenshots:
    https://email.faircode.eu/#screenshots

    Downloads:
    https://github.com/M66B/open-source-email#user-content-downloads

    Frequently asked questions:
    https://github.com/M66B/open-source-email/blob/master/FAQ.md

    Please read this before requesting a new feature:
    https://github.com/M66B/FairEmail/blob/master/FAQ.md#user-content-get-support

    This XDA thread is about using the latest version of FairEmail.

    For support on authorizing an account, you should consult the documentation of your provider, see also here.

    Off-topic comments are allowed as long they are related to FairEmail and are in the general interest of the followers of this thread.

    Discussion of purchases is not allowed here, please contact me via here instead.
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    How was the call with Google today, Marcel?

    Google was pretty friendly and cooperative and told me the favicons are indeed the problem, and it can/should be fixed by updating in the privacy policy to "disclose how your app accesses, collects, uses, and shares user data":

    Privacy Policy​

    All apps must post a privacy policy in both the designated field in Play Console and within the app itself. The privacy policy must, together with any in-app disclosures, comprehensively disclose how your app accesses, collects, uses, and shares user data, not limited by the data disclosed in the Data Safety section. This must include:
    • developer information and a privacy point of contact or a mechanism to submit inquiries
    • disclosing the types of personal and sensitive user data your app accesses, collects, uses, and shares; and any parties with which any personal or sensitive user data is shared
    • secure data handling procedures for personal and sensitive user data
    • the developer’s data retention and deletion policy
    • clear labeling as a privacy policy (e.g., listed as “privacy policy” in title)
    The entity (e.g., developer, company) named in the app’s Google Play listing must appear in the privacy policy or the app must be named in the privacy policy. Apps that do not access any personal and sensitive user data must still submit a privacy policy.

    Please make sure your privacy policy is available on an active URL (no PDFs) and is non-editable.

    So, I have updated the privacy policy and added this new table:

    https://github.com/M66B/FairEmail/blob/master/PRIVACY.md#summary-of-shared-data

    I am not sure if it covers everything, so feedback is more than welcome. @mkasimd maybe you can take a look?

    Note that I have also enabled BIMI, Gravatars, Libravatars and favicons for the Play store version again.

    The short term goal is to release a Play store test version (and associated GitHub version) and to get the update approved. I will think about the next steps after this has been accomplished. Given the huge number of supportive messages I received (much appreciated!) the project will be continued in some form in any case.
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    Version 1.1900 is available on GitHub now and in the Play store test program after Google's approval (which is the main goal of this release).

    Changelog/download:
    https://github.com/M66B/FairEmail/releases

    My girlfriend is slowly recovering too :)
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    It is time for a new, modern, open source, privacy friendly email client for Android.

    I have just released a first alpha version for feedback on the design and features.

    Not for production use yet!

    Most of the stuff basically works, but be prepared for crashes and error notifications.


    Safe email is a working name, but it is for several reasons not a convenient name, so suggestions for a name are welcome.
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    I have just released alpha version 0.15

    Changelog/download:
    https://github.com/M66B/open-source-email/releases

    With a bit of luck the next version can be a beta version.

    I am putting a lot of effort into this project, so thanks are appreciated.