Since we first released the FastMail app for Android, its only been available to most users via the Google Play Store, and has required the regular Android push channel for notifications. That works for most people, but some customers have requested a version of the app they can use without needing a Google account. This is common for after-market versions of Android, such as Cyanogen.
Today we're happy to announce that the Android app is now available through Yandex.Store, an alternative app store provided by Russian search company Yandex. Yandex are one of the largest internet companies in Russia, and have a strong commitment to privacy. The store application can be downloaded to any Android device and from there, the FastMail app can be downloaded without even signing in.
To make push notifications work, we've implemented support for the Pushy push channel. Pushy is identical in function to the standard Android push channel but does not require a separate account to use it.
With all this in place, you can now install and use the FastMail app without requiring a separate account with Google.