Introducing: Email Testing for Android Webmail Clients

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Can’t get enough of mobile? Yeah, neither can we. While we already offer testing on numerous mobile devices, including Android, Blackberry, iPhone, iPad, Symbian, and Windows Phone 7.5 (full list here), we realized that there was a mobile niche that we were missing—mobile webmails.

email-app-iconsNot all mobile users use the native mail application on their phones. In fact, there are many different apps, like the Gmail app for iPhone, or the Outlook.com app for Android, that mobile users can use to check their emails. In addition, some users even open up the browser on their  mobile phone to use webmail clients (like Gmail) to read email. Since rendering can vary—sometimes drastically—in each of these scenarios, it’s important to cover all your bases.

So what’s new?

We’ve added mobile webmail email rendering testing for the three biggest webmail clients, shown in the Android browser:

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  • Gmail (Android Browser)
  • Outlook.com (Android Browser)
  • Yahoo! Mail (Android Browser)

iPhone webmail testing is also coming soon, so stay tuned! We’ll be sure to announce it on Twitter and here on our blog when it’s live.

RESPONSIVE DESIGN SUPPORT

While the email app on Android 2.3 and Android 4.0 support media queries, Android webmail clients do not. Check out the same email in the native app on Android 4.0 and Outlook.com in the Android browser:

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If you suspect that your subscribers may be using Android webmail clients (or the Gmail Android application), it’s important to optimize the top corner and left side of the email for these subscribers. This optimization strategy would also be beneficial for those viewing on other mobile devices that don’t support media queries and don’t zoom/scale to fit.

Android Media Query Support
Android 2.1 native client No
Android 2.2 native client Yes
Android 2.3 native client Yes
Android 4.x native client Yes
Android Outlook Exchange via native client No
Android Outlook.com app Yes
Android Gmail app No
Android Yahoo Mail app No
Gmail (Android Browser) No
Outlook.com (Android Browser) No
Yahoo! Mail (Android Browser) No

Style Campaign also offers a comprehensive list of responsive design support across various email clients and mobile apps.

GET SCREENSHOTS OF YOUR EMAIL IN ANDROID WEBMAILS

Gmail (Android Browser), Outlook.com (Android Browser), and Yahoo! Mail (Android Browser) are available immediately for testing on all Litmus accounts. Just tick the boxes for the clients you want to see when starting your next test:

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  • http://emailblog.eu Remy Bergsma

    Good stuf guys, keep it up. Great timing too, as Android is getting a lot more market share since last year (hello Samsung) :)

    • http://www.litmus.com Justine, Litmus

      Thanks, Remy! :)