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Managing email can be a pretty personal thing — whether you're an obsessive user of tags, the mark unread feature, snoozing, or filters, it can be hard to figure out just which email client makes the most sense for managing your messages. While many of us default straight to Gmail out of simple convenience, there are meaningfully good and powerful email clients available for Android not made by Google. Here are five that we think stand out for their features, unique capabilities, or appeal to the privacy-minded.
Spark is one of the most popular email clients for Apple users and has made its way to Android about a year ago. Since then, it gained some features, including dark mode, and is now receiving a major update that gives it a fresh coat of paint as well as extended functionality.
Spark, the popular email client, made its way to Android back in April. Since then, it received further improvements with the addition of a dark mode in November. Now, the company behind the app, Readdle, is introducing customizable notifications per account, to help you differentiate between emails that require your immediate attention and those that can wait.
When Spark made its way to Android, some users who were let down by Inbox rejoiced, as they could turn to a popular alternative to replace the defunct service. Unfortunately, the app didn't come with a dark mode, which is a must-have for many people. Thankfully, Spark just gained one, which will make reading emails on your phone easier on the eyes and more battery-efficient.
By killing Inbox, Google is leaving many users without a comparable fallback solution, even though it's arguing Gmail has the same features as the defunct client. Readdle is using this as an opportunity to bring Spark, its popular email client, to Android with hopes it will fill the gap left by Inbox's demise.
I've been using Spark on my Mac for a while, and I'm very pleased with the way it combines advanced functionalities with an intuitive interface, and how it's designed to improve productivity. I've spent some time with its Android counterpart, and here's my take on what it brings, what it lacks, and whether you should consider it to replace Inbox — or your current email client.
Popular drone manufacturer DJI has started its Black Friday sales a day early, with some decent savings to be had across its range of products. The Mavic Air, one of the company's best sellers, can be had for $100 off (even $110 off at Amazon), but there are other inviting discounts too.
Google has been pumping out significant updates pretty fast recently, likely as the finishing touches are put down on new features that will be cut loose in a couple of weeks during I/O. The latest update brings with it the 'At a glance' widget that debuted in the Pixel Launcher, making it available to many more devices and in different launchers. We've also got a few small topics to cover in a teardown.
Most of us have probably wished we could fly at some point. True, we've got external mechanical means of flight, but every kiddo's dream of a running start with outstretched arms remains firmly in the realm of fantasy. While science works to solve that problem, you can pick up a drone to sate your Icarian desires in the meantime. And you're in luck, as there just so happens to be a small pile of discounts for DJI drones like the Mavic Pro and Spark.
DJI released an update to their Android app yesterday that adds a couple of features to the two newest drones in the DJI Family, the Spark and the Mavic. With the new software, both devices now have Dynamic Home Point updating. The feature, when enabled, "allows the aircraft to continuously update the home point according to its current position while tracking a person in ActiveTrack mode."
The Mavic also picks up Quickshot mode, a feature that used to be exclusive to its younger brother, the Spark. Quickshot mode sends the drone in a predetermined flight pattern while focused on a fixed object then automatically creates a short movie with music and video effects.