Monday, March 29, 2010

reMail Clones hit the App Store

When we open sourced reMail, I thought that one likely outcome is that we would see a bunch of reMail-like applications on the App Store. I even wrote some guidelines for rebranding reMail on the Google Code page.

In the past few days, I've heard of a two reMail-like apps getting approved on the App Store: OneMail and fwdMail. Both are $0.99 (reMail used to be free, but you had to spend $4.98 via in-app purchases for the functionality that's in the open source release).

fwdMail ($0.99) is most like reMail: While some artwork has been changed, it looks like the code wasn't.

OneMail ($0.99 intro pricing) seems to have put in a lot more work: reMail was completely re-themed, and the navigation flow was cleaned up. There are still some minor issued with the new navbar on my iPhone 3G, but overall OneMail is nice. In particular, the developer added landscape viewing of emails, which was a much-requested feature.

If you're a developer that's doing something interesting with reMail, please reach out to me and let me know.

This is not an endorsement of OneMail or fwdMail by myself or my employer, just some information for my readers.

1 comment:

Ryan said...

I bet the googs just loved that :)