Mailbox breaks free of iOS exclusivity and hits the Google Play Store

Mailbox breaks free of iOS exclusivity and hits the Google Play Store
When Mailbox was first released for iOS, it was widely regarded as one of the best email apps available on mobile. Since it was bought by Dropbox, we haven't really heard much about the app, but it is still one of the best Gmail clients available, and now it has finally broken free of its iOS exclusivity and has been released into the Google Play Store for Android users.

Mailbox has made its name in a few ways. First, the design is top notch. The UI is clean and easy to understand, and there are a ton of gestures to help you deal with your mail quickly and easily. A short swipe to the right will archive a message, a long swipe will delete. A short swipe to the left sends a message to the "Snooze" function, where you can set it to bounce the email back into your face at a set time, so you don't forget anything. A long swipe to the left will send a message to a list, so you can organize things that need to be done. 

Overall, it's a great app, and in the little bit that we've played with it, it works very well on Android. Of course, there are some potential downsides to the app, first of which is that you have either a Gmail account or an iCloud email account. Also, the app doesn't bother with Gmail labels, so if you use those quite a bit, this likely isn't the app for you. 


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15 Comments

1. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I don't think this'll be replacing my default gmail app anytime soon. I could see them needing it on iOS, hell it looks like it belongs there.

2. Sauce unregistered

My default mail app on iOS is better than that clanky a** gmail app. This is better than Gmails app imo, and can finally have it on my Note.

4. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

clanky? - umm, the Gmail app on Android is super easy to use....I believe you are behind the times, as they say...

5. Sauce unregistered

We are talking about the same app on the same system you just mentioned. +1 for trying though.

6. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Same app on same system? Yes - I just do not see why anyone could call it 'clanky'.

9. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Plus, you are using a Samsung phone - you are probably behind on its updates...JK!!

8. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Even better - explain your clanky remarks and why this app, that clearly belongs on iOS, is better than Gmail. I find Gmail easy to use with its labels as it helps to quickly identifies important emails and it is so easy to delete an email by tapping on the big letter to the far left of an email, I do wish there was an option to delete all at once, but I keep my email fairly clean and organized.

10. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

I doubt he has a Note 3. The closest he will ever get to having a N3 is hoping the next iPhone has a screen the size of a Note 3. As for me when I was done reading this I thought no way this would replace my gmail app. It does look better than the Android email app though.

12. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

huh, never used the Android email app...

15. AJmeBOY

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 16, 2011

Networkdood, delete all at once? Do you mean multi- select and delete? You can do this by long pressing the email so that it is highlighted, then select as many others as you want. You can then select to delete all the selected messages.

14. dome888

Posts: 86; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

how is it better than gmail app on android?

3. jellmoo

Posts: 2588; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Unless I'm missing something, it doesn't seem to utilize Gmail Labels at all, which would make me redo a lot of my workflow. I'm not sure I see the appeal.

7. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

yep, I really see no point to change - unless you just like to try something different, which I do at times...

11. vijaysivakula

Posts: 229; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

Not able to setup my gmail account. been trying for the past 3 hours. could anyone help?

13. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Anyone notice that sometimes when you click on a thumbs up or just a normal link, that an ad pops up? I block all of their ads here, so I guess they are seeking revenge against me? LMAO

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