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M66B

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Somebody long pressed the trash bin icon and confirmed the permanent deletion and now leaves a 2 star rating for this. I think I am going to remove all these extra features and change the appearance of the app to let it look like the Gmail app. I think there needs to be ads and tracking too and support should be limited to standard answers and ignoring. That's what people expect after all.
 
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M66B

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Did I miss something or has the 'refresh/check for updates' button been removed from the About page in a recent update?
If you want to manually check for updates, you can long press 'About' in the navigation menu.

The refresh button was indeed removed from the 'About' screen because it merely pointed to the releases on GitHub without adding much else.
 

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Somebody long pressed the trash bin icon and confirmed the permanent deletion and now leaves a 2 star rating for this. I think I am going to remove all these extra features and change the appearance of the app to let it look like the Gmail app. I think there needs to be ads and tracking too and support should be limited to standard answers and ignoring. That's what people expect after all.
Good idea!

Then I also have a few feature requests: can you let the app forward the content of all mails to my twitter account and also store the raw messages on your own server to analyse performance and reliability? And I would like a New Mail notification inside my WhatsApp too.
 

M66B

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Looking at the Play store reviews of the last days it is hard to find motivation to continue implementing things on the still very long to do list. Maybe it is just good enough as it is.
 

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Looking at the Play store reviews of the last days it is hard to find motivation to continue implementing things on the still very long to do list. Maybe it is just good enough as it is.
Two things Marcel

1. Do what makes you happy and never compromise on that. You have the best email app on the planet and you should derive satisfaction from that.
2. Let the idiots on the play store be just that - IDIOTS!!!
 

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Marcel you really need to try and focus on the positive instead of the negative.

You won't be able to please everyone and there will always be some haters for no good reason too.

Despite some negative reviews by far the overwhelming amount of reviews are positive, with 4 and 5 star ratings.

I think you will be more fulfilled if you can try to accept that most people are unbelievably happy with FairEmail, with your work and attention, and with your support :)

Thank you for all that you do for us and the android community (y) :love: (y)
 

M66B

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Marcel you really need to try and focus on the positive instead of the negative.

You won't be able to please everyone and there will always be some haters for no good reason too.

Despite some negative reviews by far the overwhelming amount of reviews are positive, with 4 and 5 star ratings.

I think you will be more fulfilled if you can try to accept that most people are unbelievably happy with FairEmail, with your work and attention, and with your support :)

Thank you for all that you do for us and the android community (y) :love: (y)
Imagine that you are working on a hard to implement feature and that you in the meantime receive a series of unfair complaints. How would you feel? It is easy to say to just ignore, but I am not a robot.
 
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M66B

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The app is worthless.

Once the app is installed, it immediately takes you to a page to allow complete access to all of your phone and to create an account. If you refuse just one, you won't be able to bypass the screen of launching the app. Why must the app need access to my contacts, draw over other apps, and ignore my phone's setting for battery usage? Worthless.
 

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Imagine that you are working on a hard to implement feature and that you in the meantime receive a series of unfair complaints. How would you feel? It is easy to say to just ignore, but I am not a robot.
So sorry about all that... It's hard to see people complaining when you've put so much work into something. And no, it's not easy to ignore.

I just wanted to chime in and say that I absolutely love FairEmail. Been using it for a long time now and was so happy when I found it after trying and ditching so many others...

*chef's kiss*
 

sbellon

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Hi Marcel,

I've said it a few times in the past: You cannot please everybody. It looks like you cannot accept this. I'll try another way with a different example.

According to your expectation, everyone should be able to see that FairEmail is the best email program and everyone should love it.

If you extrapolate that to other areas ... if the world would work like this, then there would only be a need for exactly one car. Because that's the perfect car, everyone would love it without any complaints, there would be no need for another car.

There would only be a need for the one single perfect computer hardware, because everyone would love it, nobody would ask for another brand.

Only one single operating system would be required, because it is just perfect. No need for choice.

And so on...

I hope you can see that this is not how the world works - and to be honest - this is good.

And as well as there is choice and different opinions about cars, computer hardware, operating systems, etc. there is also different opinions about email applications. And that's valid and a fair.

The only thing that remains - and where I agree with your disappointment - is the tone in which some of the reviews are made. But then, again, look at the daily news ... there are "weird" people everywhere, you cannot avoid them. The world is just like this.

Please, if you want to see the appreciation for your work, take a look at the ratings of your applications in COMPARISON with other applications. Then you'll see, how good your work is and also how appreciated it is, regardless of a finite number of stupid negative reviews - which will unavoidably always be there.
 

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  • 20
    Stopping with improvements wouldn't be fair to the people appreciating my effort, so I will keep improving the GitHub version and reduce the Play store updates to once a month.
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    Since it happened too many times to me that I answered a message while a new message arrived making the answer less useful, the next version will show a bottom notification when a new message arrives in the same thread as you are composing a message for. Tapping on 'Show' will open the conversation, so you can quickly check the new message.
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    Version 1.1764 1.1765 is available on GitHub now and in the Play store test program after Google's approval.

    Changelog/download:
    https://github.com/M66B/FairEmail/releases
    13
    Version 1.1761 fixes all reported problems, including my failures as reported by @Dark_Eyes_

    https://github.com/M66B/FairEmail/releases
    12
    Version 1.1746 is available on GitHub now and in the Play store test program, which might take longer than usual because Android Auto support was enabled (it was already available in the GitHub version).

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

    Background: I got a new car today which supports Android Auto.

    Edit: related FAQ:

    https://github.com/M66B/FairEmail/blob/master/FAQ.md#user-content-faq165
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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/

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

    See this XDA article for some screenshots:
    https://www.xda-developers.com/fairemail-open-source-privacy-friendly-email/

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

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

    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.


    XDA:DevDB Information
    FairEmail, App for all devices (see above for details)

    Contributors
    M66B
    Source Code: https://github.com/M66B/open-source-email/


    Version Information
    Status:
    Stable

    Created 2018-08-02
    Last Updated 2020-11-18
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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.
    37
    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.
    37
    I have just released alpha version 0.10

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

    I have put many hours into developing and debugging this release, so thanks are appreciated.

    This version is still not suitable for production, but all basic functions are present now. The goal is now to stabilize this version into a first beta release, so please let me hear what problems you have.

    Edit: due to database changes you'll need to setup your accounts/identities again.
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    I have just released beta version 1.745

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

    The changelog might seem uninteresting, but in fact displaying messages has been rewritten to introduce inline displaying of original messages. I spent about two days developing and testing this, so at least a "thanks" will be appreciated.

    Some background: normally the web view cannot be used in a scrolling list (of messages in a conversation) and although there exist several workarounds for this, none were satisfactory. However, I had a completely novel idea (as far as I know) about how to approach this without the usual edge cases (hopefully) !

    To do: investigate if using a dark background is feasible (setting the background dark is simple, but the challenge is to modify the message so that everything is still readable). I will consider to add an option to always display original messages.

    Please report any problem you discover, so it can be fixed.