|Original author(s)||Jesse Vincent|
|Developer(s)||MZLA Technologies Corporation, Christian Ketterer|
6.000 / 17 April 2022
|Written in||Java, Kotlin|
|License||Apache License 2.0|
K-9 Mail is free and open source email client for Android. It is designed as an alternative to the stock email clients included with the platform; it supports both POP3 and IMAP protocols and supports IMAP IDLE for real-time notifications. The project is named after the Doctor Who character K9.
In 2015 the project received $86,000 of funding from the Open Technology Fund.
On 13 June 2022, it was announced that K-9 Mail had been taken over by MZLA Technologies Corporation, a subsidiary of the Mozilla Foundation with current maintainer Christian Ketterer joining the team, and plans for K-9 Mail to be rebranded as Thunderbird for Android following the completion of a feature roadmap, including sync with Thunderbird on PC, integrating Thunderbird's automated account setup system, message filtering, and improvements to folders.
This application has been downloaded from the Google Play Store between 5 million and 10 million times since its release and has been rated by over 90,000 people with almost as many 1 star reviews as 5 star reviews many due to the fundamental restructuring of the program in August 2021, which was not widely accepted by the user base and more recently because of unacceptable battery usage when using push to fetch mail. It has been widely reviewed, and was particularly praised in the media between 2011 and 2013 as a replacement for the default mail application.