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Boomerang is the First Decent Gmail Replacement App Available for Android


If you have heard of Mailbox for iOS and are currently awaiting its arrival for Android, today is not that day. Sorry about that. Although, this app best relates to Mailbox, called Boomerang, an alternative email application that can replace the standard email and Gmail apps that come installed on our devices. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Gmail application for Android, but like everything else, there are things about it that could be a lot better. Boomerang brings a great design, along with some cool features, making it one of the first apps to actually make us consider dropping the Gmail app. 

The big selling feature is the “Boomerang” itself. If you receive an email, but want to make sure you see it or are reminded of it at a later time, you can simply select to have the app send it back to you at a predetermined time. There are options for later that day, next week and a few other options to choose from, on top of the ability to select an exact time for when you want it. That feature alone is what directly relates this app to Mailbox.

Beyond Boomerang, there are gesture-based controls, much like are already found in Gmail. You have your various folders and different accounts all lined up on the left side in a pull out bar,  with quick access to those just a single swipe of the finger away. If you swipe on individual emails, you are given quick options for each message. There is archive, trash, Boomerang, label, star and mark as unread. Depending on which way you swipe the message, a different action will be performed. It’s pretty sweet. Examples of these are previewed in the video below.

There are still some issues with the app, as it is brand new and bugs are sure to be present. From my experience when trying to open an attachment, the app comes back with an error stating there is no app installed on my device to open the attachment. Well, I know that’s not true, so it must be Boomerang’s problem. Beyond that, it’s been a pretty decent experience and I’m excited to see what fixes and other features there are to look forward to.

Give it a go and let us know what you think. And don’t worry, I know how hard it is to try and stop using the official Gmail app. Nearly impossible.

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  • Corey Marrier

    Anyone else notice the testimonials?

  • Joe

    Good, some competition for the uninspiring gmail app

  • Jeff

    Hard to stop using the official Gmail app? Not that hard, I stopped using it a while back once I found out I can set up my Gmail account as Exchange in the default Android e-mail app, which lets me keep my work account and Gmail in the same place.

  • Brian Cohen

    K-9 Mail FTW, been using it for years

  • Murrzeak

    Ok. One question. Does it support push?..

  • Jon

    The app is pretty good, but I’m hooked to the new Google tabs that seperate out my emails into social, primary, updates, forums, promotions. It works awesome and I don’t get bothered by all the non important email anymore until I’m ready to go and fetch it. It’s mind blowing at how frequently I was interrupted all day long by non important stuff, that no longer happens with the new gmail tabs.

    I’ll be sticking with Gmail app.

  • BrianT

    It’s a very good start, hope the developer will continue to refine.

  • PLL

    Was there any word on pricing? Their website notes that a boomerang mobile webpage is only available for pro accounts and that everyone gets a 30 day trial to pro. Does the android app count as a pro account benefit? Will access to it expire in 30 days? Does the app have 10 message credits per month?

    Just saw on techcrunch that the app is in beta and pricing is TBD. http://techcrunch.com/2013/06/26/no-mailbox-no-problem-boomerang-for-android-brings-gesture-based-email-management-to-gmail-users/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Techcrunch+%28TechCrunch%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

    • John

      🙁 this is what I found…not sure how this will workout for the Android app though.

      • PLL

        Thanks for looking further. Yeah, I think they may start charging at some point, but now it’s free to use. Perhaps early adopters might be grandfathered in or something, but who knows I suppose.

  • Tyler

    Does this work with non-gmail email accounts?

    • Josh Shaw

    • As in Google Apps accounts?

      • Flyinion

        I suspect he’s asking about things like ISP email accounts and stuff. You mentioned in the article it’s a replacement for the standard e-mail and gmail apps which lead me at least to believe I might be able to combine my gmail and website email accounts into one app.

      • Tyler

        Was referring to my AOL account, the stock mail app is horrible when compared to gmail app.

        • EvanTheGamer

          What about corporate email accounts? I have a company email, would that email work with Boomerang? Something tells me that’s a negative though.

    • Futbolrunner

      Nope, tried it with my spam box AOL account.

    • Flyinion

      Just checked out their FAQ on the Play link, looks like no for now………..

      ——- FAQs ——-
      What email providers can I use with Boomerang?
      Right now, Boomerang only works with Gmail and Google Apps accounts. We are working on support for Exchange/Outlook, Yahoo, and other providers, but for now, Boomerang is compatible with Gmail and Google Apps accounts.