Taking over an open-source email programme and turning it into its own mobile client is Thunderbird’s goal

It’s safe to say Thunderbird, the email software, has seen better days than most TikTok users. Even the client’s appearance is stuck in the year 2003. As a result, we were a little surprised when the client’s development team revealed that it will be available on cellphones. Can Thunderbird finally regain its former glory with this new impetus? When it comes to cellphones, Thunderbird has just revealed what it plans to accomplish. Open-source and productivity fans both will rejoice at the news that the K-9 Mail software has been updated.

K-9 Mail’s trademark and source code have been acquired by Mozilla, including its GitHub repository. As a result, Thunderbird will be based on the K-9 software, which many open-source advocates already know and love. Christian Ketterer (also known as cketti), the project maintainer for K-9 Mail, is joining the Thunderbird team to help with the move. Eventually, K-9 Mail will be renamed Thunderbird to better reflect its future status as a part of the Thunderbird suite of products (which will include mobile syncing, Thunderbird account auto-configuration, and message filter support).

Please download K-9 Mail immediately if you want to play a role in shaping the future of Thunderbird on Android. Before it becomes Thunderbird, it will go through a number of modifications, and the development team will need assistance in testing throughout this time. If you’re curious in how things are progressing at K-9 Mail’s GitHub project, you may check it out. Thunderbird Sync is slated to debut in the summer of 2023, which means that the app will seem a lot more like Thunderbird by then.

According to the firm, it’s more difficult to take up an existing FOSS solution on iOS, therefore it may wish to construct an iOS client from the ground up. It also does not wish to compromise on the use of libraries for cross-platform development while developing for mobile.

K-9 Mail may be found on the Google Play Store or F-Droid, so be sure to check it out. If you don’t want to cope with frequent interface changes upsetting your productivity repeatedly, don’t install it now, but wait.

There will be an anniversary upgrade to Thunderbird’s desktop client, which includes a new appearance and an import/export tool, on June 28. This update will remove most of the kinks in Thunderbird’s huge code base.