A smart improvement to email
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 15 Jul 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Has personal voice integration, robust contextual search features, conversation view
There was some stutter and hang up
WeMail for Android is an email app that has been updated with a beautiful material design makeover. Chances are, you’ve probably never heard of this app before, and that’s okay because it’s brand new. Now, from first glance, it might seem like just another email app. But looks can be deceiving. This app aims to innovate in the field by offering voice recording, and offers a conversation view that looks almost just like a regular messenger conversation thread.
When you start the app up you’ll notice that it has support for email services like Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo, and AOL. Yes, there are apparently still enough people who use AOL to warrant them being listed.
So, as I mentioned before, the app follows Google’s new material design guidelines to a tee. Emails are presented like cards, and the compose button is in the bottom right. I’m a big fan of material design, so I think it looks great.
What sets this app apart from other email apps is the casual overtone it has all throughout the app. For instance, when you begin emailing someone, it looks like you’re having a normal conversation with them through some kind of chat app. You can also choose to reply back with a voice recording, rather than typing. It also offers a separate attachments view for quick and easy access to these files.
Additionally, the search functionality in this app is light years ahead of even Google’s. When you touch the search button you aren’t just given a text field to enter keywords. Instead it gives you three tabs that are categorized by the date, the people, and even attachments. So search is more contextual than general.
When I first started WeMail I didn’t have high expectations from it. I thought it was just another email app that did everything the stock app did. But that’s definitely not the case. It has several features that are easy to use, and invaluable once you’re used to them. WeMail has a unique perspective on email, and it’s great.