Even though Google just released a major refresh for their Gmail service, including a new app for Android devices, other companies continue work on their own spin on building a better way to access and manage your email. The latest effort comes from the team that built Boomerang with the release of their Android app to complement the browser plugin they created for desktop web interfaces. On the desktop, Boomerang plugs-in to a user’s Gmail account and can be used to schedule emails to be sent at a later time or to remind a user that a response is due. The Boomerang for Android app handles those chores and throws in a few features that may entice some users to switch from the default Gmail client on their smartphones.
The scheduling features included in Boomerang will let users do things like snooze an email so it will show up later as a new message, schedule emails to be sent later, and track responses. The Boomerang team added a nice touch to the interface though. With the normal Gmail client, users can swipe a message in the list to send it to the archive. The Boomerang client includes that functionality with a left to right swipe. However, swiping in the opposite direction brings up several other options like deleting, tagging, scheduling (boomerang), or starring a message as a favorite.
Boomerang includes other features one would expect from a mail client on a smartphone, like the ability to search messages, integration with contacts for auto-complete purposes, multi-account support, signatures, and support for attachments. Boomerang also supports Gmails quick reply function. If you really like the client, one of the biggest shortcomings may be the fact that it only works with Gmail accounts. Push notifications are missing from the app as well as the ability to view and edit drafts, though the team behind the app promises they are working on this features.
If you want to give Boomerang a try, hit one of the download links below, beneath the image gallery and the demo video. Speaking of the demo video, you may want to check it out – a little bit on the corny side, but a welcome change of pace from most demo videos.