Mobile Mail Client: How the Thunderbird/K-9 Mail interface is evolving

Thunderbird has now shown its new design of the Android app for the first time. It is the evolution of K-9 Mail, which the developers announced in June 2022. Before changing the name, the project wanted to overhaul both the functions and the look of the email client.

Compared to the current design, it is noticeable that the body – i.e. the message text itself – takes up less space: the app displays the subject line in multiple lines if necessary, and the project has also expanded the field for senders and recipients. Here you will also find a menu for further actions next to the answers that are displayed by default.

If a user uses the application with multiple accounts, Thunderbird will in future display the name of the account above the message itself. In the information field, too, the app adopts either a “to me” or the name of the account. The other recipients – if available – also get the display name.

Finally, the application will also show the assigned IMAP labels in this field in the future. However, the prerequisite is that the developers first integrate this function into the app. Tapping on the information displayed here opens a window with further details about the message. If desired, it can be expanded to cover the entire screen, for example to be able to see all recipients.

You can see the first draft of the new interface on twitter. It is still unclear when users will receive them – but when Thunderbird and K-9 Mail were merged, the project pointed out that the design could change several times before the renaming was complete. The desktop client has also been given a new look, from which the calendar has been seen so far.


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