reMail Brings Offline Email Searching to the iPhone

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reMail StatusApple (s aapl) has done a decent job with email on the iPhone, but now there’s a better way to deal with the thousands of messages some of us receive. reMail, a new app for the iPhone, launched today, and it offers email capabilities that rival desktop equivalents.

reMail downloads and stores all your email on the iPhone, eliminating the need for interacting with a server. This means you can search your email at lightning speed, even without a network connection. Business travelers take note: You can now do full-text searches of your thousands of emails, even while sitting on a plane at 35,000 feet. No Wi-Fi needed.

The reMail app is the brainchild of Gabor Cselle, formerly of Google (s goog) and Xobni. Cselle’s past work experience is partly the basis for reMail, and it is clear that fast searching is a primary objective with the app. The program must download all of your email to the iPhone when first installed, and that can take a long time. I installed it, and it took 11 hours to download my 33,000+ messages to the iPhone, and that was over a fast Wi-Fi connection. This is necessary to allow fast full-text searching, and to access the email without a network connection.

The app is available now from the iTunes App Store for an introductory price of $4.99. The price will increase to $9.99 on Sept. 1.

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Gabor Cselle

Paul – no we built our own full-text search technology. Lucene / Solr is Java technology and thus won’t run on the iPhone (Objective-C), or at least it would be very slow. Gabor

Paul

This is vey interesting, Is it based on a small footprint lucene/Solr mash-up?

Gabor Cselle

This is Gabor from reMail. Thanks you James for covering this.

As for download speed: We’re somewhat limited by your email server and connection speed in how fast we can download your email. 11h for 33k emails should be on the very top end of how long it takes. Were you using Gmail or your own IMAP server?

The feedback we’ve been getting has been good: People love having all their emails in their pocket :-)

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