Boomerang Gmail client released for Android


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.

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About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a MINI Cooper, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three mostly grown kids and a golden retriever.

  • Carola Grassini

    True Boomerang offers good features like scheduling messages, but i’ve already seen this in the app i usually use: mxHero. Not only offers the chance to schedule your mails, it also has a Chrome extension and works for all devices!