True to its word, developer Readdle Inc. has officially launched its popular Spark email management and client application for Android just in time for the death of Google's Inbox.
Previously only available on iOS or macOS, the tool brings a healthy dose of intelligent organizational and functional features to the table that should sit well with those who need a bit more from their email than basic sorting and responses. That includes intelligent email surfacing and batch archiving as well as pinning, threaded responses for email conversations, message snoozing and reminders, among other options.
The client can also be customized but Spark doesn't stop at the usual features, including swipe-based gestures for rapid wayward email management. On the even more productivity-focused side Spark users can integrate their email client with other services and a team. What that means is the ability to work on an email with multiple users and via links to an email that is shareable across a multitude of services.
Users can chat about and discuss the email in-client too before finalizing things to be sent out and mail can be scheduled for sending to optimize outflowing messages.
More to come and why this is pertinent to the death of Inbox
The company's plan to release Spark alongside the death of Inbox was by no means an accident. Although it undoubtedly would have made its way to Android regardless, Inbox was arguably the email client and service users turned to for the most advanced productivity features on the platform. Spark fills a similar experimental and feature-forward niche, making it a great replacement option for the now defunct but much-loved Google alternative.
The other side of the Inbox niche it will likely fill is due to its focus on a distraction-free experience that can be tailored to an individual or team's usage — taking the best aspects of competing services and putting its own unique spin on them.
Those features will only be getting better in the future too. The developers behind the app note that among those that are already planned are some that will bring Spark even more in line with the best aspects of the competition. For instance, quick-replies and integrations with other services as well as a built-in calendar tool are among those being prepped for a future update.
Less common planned features include the addition of email templates that should make generating new emails a less time-consuming task and 'email delegation.
Free to use and available for pretty much everybody
Spark is free to use with no in-app purchases mentioned anywhere on the download page and, better still, it isn't necessarily limited in who can use it or for what email services either. As of this writing, it supports IMAP protocol and email from Google, Yahoo, Microsoft Outlook, iCloud, and Exchange.
That means that users can bring over email from all of the services they use and take advantage of advanced filtering, archiving, and deleting to keep their inbox clear from clutter. It also means Spark could easily become one of the more popular apps that's available on Android, despite getting its start on iOS.