Not being able to publish our Android app on F-Droid was one of the main reasons we started to re-build the entire Tutanota web client.
F-Droid is an installable catalogue of FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) applications for the Android platform. The client makes it easy to browse, install. Add to Zip for android-s share/send menu. Easy collecting files from every supporting app into one zip-file while beeing 'on the go' or offline. (Note the english 'to.
We are privacy and open source enthusiasts, we ourselves use F-Droid. Consequently our app must be published there, no matter the effort. In the past year, we have completely re-build our mail client and published the new mail client with lots of enhancements in public beta. The new client is much faster, comes with a better design, enables search on encrypted data, supports 2FA and auto-sync, and it is not based on Cordova anymore.
This update finally makes it possible to publish the brand-new Tutanota Android app on F-Droid! We are very excited about this release, not only because of the new features, but most of all because the new Android app finally comes without any ties to Google services. This makes Tutanota the best open source email service.
To us this update was very important.
We encourage our users to leave Google behind - offering a Google-free Android app, therefore, is a minimum requirement that we demanded from ourselves. We are very happy that we can now get our own app from F-Droid, and we recommend that you get if from F-Droid as well.
While we are always on the lookout for developers to join our team, we grow sustainably.
We want to make sure that everyone joining our team is as passionate about privacy and open source as we are. With the entire team sharing our vision of a private and secure Internet, it is much easier to prioritize development steps such as publishing the Android app on F-Droid. Going open source was one of the most important steps for our secure email service Tutanota. Publishing the Tutanota code on GitHub shortly after our initial release of Tutanota, gave us a great push back in because many people started building the Tutanota client locally. Since most people being active on Github are developers themselves, they gave us very valuable feedback on how to improve Tutanota and its security.
We want many more people to watch our code and to build it locally. We are convinced that it is crucial for any secure email service that the community digs deep into the code to further improve its security.
After our open source release in September , we have added many improvements to Tutanota. We have build an Android and an iOS app, and published these as open source apps as well. We would have loved to add our open source Android app on F-Droid right then as well.
Unfortunately, as described above this was not possible at the time so we focused on improving the Tutanota email client and the app features. However, we know that many of our users do not want to use Google - for a very good reason - so we made the app available on our website as well. We were able to publish the apps around Christmas , and it was a great feeling receiving so many thank-you emails at this time of the year! This now enables us to keep Tutanota running independently.
Shortly after the open source release, we also started a translation project for Tutanota.
By now around volunteers have joined us and translated Tutanota into more than 30 languages. This support is simply amazing! It shows us that a secure email alternative is needed around the world, particularly in countries where people lack freedom of expression and a right to privacy. We are constantly adding languages to Tutanota, and we are happy about everyone who wants to join the Tutanota translation project.
We have planned many more features to improve your open source email service. We are very happy about all the feedback and all the votes we receive in our feedback forum so that we can decide better what features to prioritize.
Check here what features we have already implemented and what will come in the future. Recommended for further reading: Although APK downloads are available below to give you the choice, you should be aware that by installing that way you will not receive update notifications and it's a less secure way to download.
We recommend that you install the F-Droid client and use that. It is built and signed by F-Droid, and guaranteed to correspond to this source tarball. Enjoy voice and optical navigation, viewing POIs points of interest , creating and managing GPX tracks, using contour lines visualization and altitude info, a choice between driving, cycling, pedestrian modes, OSM editing and much more. Please donate to support the project, fund the development of new features, and receive the latest updates.
Some of the main features: Everyone can contribute to the application by reporting bugs, improving translations or coding new features.