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For those who don't know the pure magic of Boomerang for Gmail, click here. The service has been around for Chrome and Firefox for quite a while now, and it's great. Basically, Boomerang allows users to schedule messages to send at a predetermined date and time, or "boomerang" them back into their inbox if there's no reply or if a message requires follow-up.

Today, Boomerang for Gmail is unleashing Boomerang for Android – a full Gmail client that packs in all the features you love about Boomerang. That's the good news. The bad news is that the client still has a few quirks, and has a few questionable design/implementation choices.

Before discussing those, though, it's worth mentioning a little feature that, in addition to Boomerang's scheduling and reminder functionality, makes it an app with a lot of potential – users can swipe a message to the left to get a handful of useful options, or swipe to the right to archive or delete (like Gmail's single-action swipe).

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The app, despite being the self-titled "best Gmail client," does suffer from some intermittent performance problems, uses a web view for logging into Google, has an interface that's far from ideal, doesn't do push notifications, and only supports Gmail and Google apps for now, but users should keep in mind that the client is brand new, and should be receiving attention over time. The developers have already promised that Exchange/Outlook, Yahoo, and "other" email providers will be supported eventually.

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Despite its issues, the app's functionality alone is worth checking out, and potentially keeping around, if only to schedule emails and stay on top of your inbox. Just hit the widget below to give it a shot.

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • ithehappy

    'Doesn't do push notifications', indeed the best Gmail client available.

    • Cerberus_tm

      Well, you can use it simultaneously with the way Android handles Gmail by default, so you will get the normal push messages, but you will just handle your e-mail itself in Boomrang's client.

  • Sven Joy

    It's kinda ugly.

  • ChristianAhlin

    As the late Steve Jobs would say: this is a feature. Google, please buy out. Boomerang, don't be greedy (since it is a nice to have feature).
    I have tried and quit using it, and as soon as I get Google Glasses I will probably use the reminder feature to gain good-enough functionality.

  • Abhi Kurve

    That Background in this App.
    Welcome to Honeycomb,seriously.
    EDIT : And well, not available in India.

    • ash71ish

      I do live in India and works fine for me.

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    Thanks for the coverage! We <3 Feedback.

  • Amanda Ramirez

    Boomerang its ok but not enough. I am now using a new app, mxHero. Its features are amazing and work perfectly with a Chrome extension that make everything easier. Worth trying: http://toolbox.mxhero.com/