K-9 Mail is back. Version 5.8 now released. What improvements will this bring to /e/ OS?

This looks very exciting.


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But two of the changes seem to be quite unpopular:

  1. Removing the Accounts Overview screen (which showed the number of unread emails in each account). This has caused many cries of pain from users with multiple accounts.
  2. Moving the navigation and functional buttons from the bottom of the screen to the top. Many people complaining that this makes the app much less usable, especially on larger phones.

There is a gitlab issue (#2874) being worked on to merge these changes from K-9 Mail into the /e/ Mail app. /e/ are aware of the arguments around these changes, and have said (in the ROM Maintainers Telegram Channel)

The dev team will look into the comments and check if the changes can be implemented and it will also come in to the testing team to evaluate first before release to all users.

Big UI changes are always likely to provoke arguments and disagreements, which is why big phone manufacturers will do extensive user research and usability testing before making such changes. That is not really an option for developers of FOSS apps such as K-9, or for small companies with limited resources like the /e/ Foundation.

Whatever /e/ choose to do about the UI changes in K-9, expect to see complaints (here and in the Telegram channels) from users who think they should have done something different :slight_smile:


Very true.
They could just copy this great line from the K-9 announcement then … “You’re welcome and we’re sorry.” :slight_smile:


In 5.800 we’ve made the necessary changes so periodic background sync and Push now work much more reliably.

This made me switch to upstream K9 after all. I had problems with the /e/ Mail app and had to manually start syncing at least once a day.

Being curious … Does it work without issues now with K-9?

(I don’t have syncing problems with the /e/ Mail App, but I started out with Android 5 and K-9, and like they hint at in the announcement from Android 6 on K-9 really became unusable for me, so I stopped using it. I only use the /e/ fork of it because the LineageOS email App I used with /e/ initially just stopped working one day.)

I’ve been using K-9 v5.7nn betas since I started using /e/ (and before), and now the official release v.5.800. Push has worked for me without any issues (at least no issues that I have noticed).

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In the last 4 days everything worked just fine with K-9.

There was also a problem with saving attachements and viewing calendarobjects, seems to be working as well in K-9.
Mind you I’m on an older build (unofficial), so possible this was fixed in the /e/ fork as well in the meantime.

Update: one week in and it has been rock solid. Do recommend.

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I bumped into an interesting issue when testing latest /e/ builds, which caused my home broadband to get blacklisted / banned by my email provider

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