FastMail on the road

http://blog.fastmail.com/2015/07/12/fastmail-on-the-road/

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Next week three members of the FastMail team – Bron, Neil and myself (Rob N) – will be heading to the US to spread the good word about FastMail.

The primary reason for the trip is to attend OSCON in Portland. OSCON is one of the biggest open source conferences in the world and attracts over 4,000 of the word’s leading IT professionals including developers, programmers and designers.

We’ll be speaking at OSCON with some other mail technologists (including Netmail, OpenIO and Project Cyrus) for Open Messaging Day on Tuesday 21 July. We’ll be talking about JMAP, our new mail protocol that could one day power the next killer email client and also look at why Cyrus is shaping up to be a powerhouse of open messaging. If you’re interested in learning about and helping to shape the future of email we’d love to see you there.

Before OSCON begins we’ll be spending a week in the San Francisco Bay Area, meeting with some of the local tech companies and software community. We’ve already set up a few meetings but we’re keen to talk to as many people as we can about what we’re doing and find out about what others need and want from their email. We’ll be around from Tuesday 14 to Saturday 18 July, so let us know if you want to have a chat with us while we’re in town.

Of course, we love to eat and drink as well, so you’ll find us at Bar Basic in San Francisco from 6pm on Wednesday 15 July. If you’re in the area, come down and have a drink and a chat with us. We’d love to meet everyone, including our users, so don’t be shy! We’ll buy the first round!

If you want to get in touch with us while we’re travelling, email ontheroad@fastmail.com or tweet to @FMOnTheRoad on Twitter. I’ll be posting photos and other bits and pieces there while we’re travelling around, so feel free to follow along (especially if you’re planning to come down and have a drink with us; then I can tell you exactly where we are).


Filed under: Marketing, On The Road

FastMail app for Android now available from Yandex.Store.

http://blog.fastmail.com/2015/07/08/fastmail-app-for-android-now-available-from-yandex-store/

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Since we first released the FastMail app for Android, its only been available to most users via the Google Play Store, and has required the regular Android push channel for notifications. That works for most people, but some customers have requested a version of the app they can use without needing a Google account. This is common for after-market versions of Android, such as Cyanogen.

Today we’re happy to announce that the Android app is now available through Yandex.Store, an alternative app store provided by Russian search company Yandex. Yandex are one of the largest internet companies in Russia, and have a strong commitment to privacy. The store application can be downloaded to any Android device and from there, the FastMail app can be downloaded without even signing in.

To make push notifications work, we’ve implemented support for the Pushy push channel. Pushy is identical in function to the standard Android push channel but does not require a separate account to use it.

With all this in place, you can now install and use the FastMail app without requiring a separate account with Google.


Filed under: Feature announcement

Handle your email faster with our updated Android app

http://blog.fastmail.com/2015/06/29/handle-your-email-faster-with-our-updated-android-app/

http://blog.fastmail.com/?p=1911

We’ve just released an update to our Android update that has some great new features to help you fly through your email.

First up, we’ve replaced the old “inbox” notification for multiple new messages with a new notification “stack”. Previously if you had multiple new messages, the notification would show a list of senders and subjects, but you couldn’t take any useful action except open the full app. Now the app will show a notification for the latest message, complete with avatar, subject and body preview and you can use the full set of actions on it. Once an action is taken, a new notification appears for the next unread message and so on for the entire stack. In this way you can quickly triage your new mail without leaving your notification tray. Of course, you can still tap on any notification to open it in the app or swipe to remove the entire stack.

Being able to quickly delete, archive or pin a message is great, but sometimes an email will arrive that you can actually deal with with a simple short reply. Notifications now have a “reply” action that will let you write a quick one-line reply without opening the full app. Even better, if you have an Android Wear smartwatch (or a compatible device, such as a Pebble), you can reply directly using the speech recognition feature.

This release also includes a few critical performance improvements, including a fix for the long-standing restart delay.

The updated Android app is now rolling out via Google Play and the Amazon Appstore and should be available on your device within the next day or two.

We’ve had a great time building and testing this update and would love to hear what you think! Please let us know via support or Twitter.


Filed under: Feature announcement, News