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Mozilla launches email for Android devices

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Mozilla today announced a new email client for Android devices called K-9 Mail. The mobile app is being launched as part of Mozilla’s Thunderbird family of open-source desktop email and chat applications.

K-9 Mail is not new. The source code for it was first published 2008, and MZLA Technologies acquired it and its trademarks, and it hired the open source project maintainer of K-9 Mail as a full-time developer to improve the app and to help gradually transition it to Thunderbird mobile.

The MZLA Technologies said it is also currently evaluating the development of a K-9 email client for iOS devices.

MZLA Technologies, a subsidiary of the Mozilla Foundation, said its development team plans to improve the email feature set to more closely resemble that of its Thunderbird desktop email client.

Those planned improvements include account setup using Thunderbird account auto-configuration, as well as folder management, support for message filters, and synchronization between desktop and mobile versions of Thunderbird, Mozilla said. (K-9 Mail is available for download through these various sites.)

“Ultimately, K-9 Mail will transform into Thunderbird on Android, once certain development milestones have been achieved which align it closely with Thunderbird’s feature set and visual appearance,” K-9 Mail Project Maintainer Christian Ketterer said in a blog post. (Ketterer is better known in the Mozilla open-source developer community as cketti.)

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