Signing up for a free email address is as fast as (or even faster) than brewing your own cup of coffee nowadays. And with all the free email services out there, would you even consider paying for one? Well, if you’re sick and tired of all the ads that hound your Gmail or Yahoo account or you’re paranoid about how Google seems to be taking a peek into your emails to give you contextual ads, then those are legitimate reasons to go to something like FastMail. The paid email service finally now has an Android app, which might make it a more attractive alternative to those who are dissatisfied with free accounts.
If you’re not familiar with FastMail, it’s an email service plus calendar and contacts manager that has been around for some time now, and is considered a viable alternative to the aforementioned free email services we’re used to. Hinging on the fact that there are people who would prefer to pay for quality service that you can’t find on free services, the company has positioned itself as something to give you control over your inbox, which, let’s face it, gets a bit out of hand at times. But one thing that was hindering their growth was that they actually didn’t have a mobile app, which is a must now since people want to access their email wherever they are.
The app does the usual things that an email app should be able to do, like send you push notifications when new emails come along and search your entire inbox quickly. The FastMail app also lets you pin important messages (just like you star your Gmail) so you can have quicker access to them. And since the service also includes calendar and contact management, the app lets you schedule meetings and events and add and invite contacts easily through it. The app is also now integrated with your Android Wear or Pebble smartwatch so you will receive notifications and even be able to act on it.
Since FastMail is a paid service, you’ll only be able to use their app if you have a subscription. But if you’ve never used them before, you can sign up for a free trial so you can try it out first on both the desktop and the Android app itself, which can be downloaded from the Google Play Store.