Email Design Podcast #53: Native Android Email App Rendering and Background Images in Windows 10 Mail

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In the 53rd episode of The Email Design Podcast, hosts Kevin Mandeville and Jason Rodriguez dive into native Android email app rendering, the ins and outs of T-Online client rendering, a new workaround for background images in Windows 10 Mail, and more! Be sure to follow along and join in the discussion on Twitter using #EmailDesignPodcast.

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In this episode:

  • (0:36) The Ultimate Guide to Email on Android: There are two key differences to understand for email on Android: 1) the Gmail app rendering varies depending on account type. @gmail.com addresses have full embedded CSS and media query support, whereas POP/IMAP accounts (such as @aol.com, @yahoo.com, etc.) do not. 2) The native stock email app on Android 5.0 and above does not have embedded CSS or media query support, though this does not currently have a large real world implementation use case at the moment.
  • (4:55) T-Online email client rendering: Now supported in Litmus Instant Email Previews, T-Online is a pretty typical webmail client. Key points to be aware of is that T-Online does not support media queries, CSS animation, web fonts, background images, or videos.
  • (7:50) Workaround for background image support in Windows 10 Mail: Thanks to Marshall Gerz for discovering a simple hack which switches how we’ve been using VML to leverage <v:image> as the key to unlocking background image support in Windows 10 Mail.
  • (11:13) #EmailHacks: Litmus is debuting a brand new session at #LitmusLive this year and we want you to come and show off your coolest HTML email hacks or side projects!
  • (15:33) EmailThis | Open Source Template: We found a great new “Pocket/Instapaper for Email” that allows you to send articles or web pages directly to your inbox in an elegant typographic email template (which was open sourced by the creators!).
  • (18:30) Everlane drops Facebook Messenger efforts for email: Another example of a big brand shifting all of its core messaging off of a social network to focus on email marketing.
  • (21:22) Email of the Week: Modern Automotive Performance Order Confirmation
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