One of the big disappointments to many users of the PlayBook at launch was the lack of a native email app. Now, it looks like at least one third-party developer has been working on a solution. The app, which is called aMail has been submitted to App World and is currently waiting for approval. The aMail app comes courtesy of AiFlex and is noted as being a “native email for multiple accounts in one easy to use app.” In terms of support, the aMail app offers support for any IMAP, SMTP and POP3 account and will come with preset configurations for Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail and Live accounts. AiFlex has even offered up a video (see below) of the aMail app in action while everyone waits to see if RIM will give it the thumbs up. We'll keep you posted on any changes.
Here is a detailed list of features:
High Performance Native Application
Secure Access and local file security
- Uses the best features available to sync with mail servers
- High performance and rapid message download from accounts
Easy Message Viewing
- Supports common standards of mail system POP3 and IMAP4
- Access multiple mailboxes securely (uses SSL / TLS)
- User account details are always secure
- Local mail files are encrypted
Convenience and Ease of Use
- Swipe down for email accounts overview. Use your on device soft keyboard, swiping up from the lower bezel edge for text input.
- Animated message transitions.
- Manages up to 10 email accounts separately from within a single App
- Work offline when not connected and synchronize later
- Direct type input
- Smoother interface than using Webmail in local browser