ASM Developer Chat – Flipdog Solutions and MailDroid
I recently took another look at Flipdog Solutions’ MailDroid, following up on a review I wrote two years ago. Over the two years, Flipdog Solutions have continued to work on MailDroid and it was good to see how things have evolved in this time. I was impressed by the thoughtful design and decisions within the app. There are many options, making it very easy to customize the app to behave exactly as you want. I sat down with Joe from Flipdog Solutions, to better understand the app and thought processes behind it.
Hello Joe, and welcome! I think I need to start with a very important question: what devices do you currently use?
We have used many devices since MailDroid first came out since MailDroid was released around Android 2.0 with Eclair. We no longer support anything less than Android 4.x, so we test on a number of devices that have that. We test on Samsung tablets, Kindle Fire tablets, Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S7 (the Galaxy S7 is my main device at this time). We also test on a few Nexus devices (Nexus 7 being another developer's main device). Finally, we have a few LG devices that we test on as well (the LG G6 being another main device).
MailDroid has been around for around eight years now and has some smart, well thought out features. Can we ask what the source of inspiration for these is, please?
The inspiration has always been users! When MailDroid was first started, it was due to a close friend unable to get her Yahoo mail on her device. After that, we released the app live and always try and build out what users ask. We normally analyze all requests and known bugs prior to a release plan and decide based on how many requests for a feature sent to us prior to putting it in.
What are your favorite features? What feature has given you the most satisfaction to add?
One of my favorites is the ability to swipe down and up to mark as read/flag/unread. A lot of people don’t know about that feature, but it is unique in MailDroid. We really liked working on the spam plugin and more recently the unsubscribe feature for email lists. There are really so many features though and it is hard to nail down the main ones we enjoyed.
At androidsocialmedia.com we aim to be a link between developers and the end users. How likely are the developers to make changes based on what the users might request?
We are building around user feedback, so that would be likely.
What features do you have planned for coming releases? Or any new apps that you’re able to tell us about?
For upcoming releases at this point, we are looking again at UI and squashing bugs, no major features that I can openly share. We do have a new application that we are working on now which is storage and cloud, which is the most I can say about it at this time. We hope to have it out by the end of June.
Joe, thank you for your time. It looks like we’ve something to look forward to in just a few weeks time!