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I am new to Android, and would like to know whether it is possible to add a desktop shortcut so that when I press it, I can send an email to a specific person, and I just need to put the subject and send it.

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It does seem weird this is lacking, as every phone/ROM I've had has had Direct Call and Direct [Text] Message shortcuts, so yeah, where's Direct Email? – eidylon Jan 22 '13 at 21:57

The "Contact" widget allows you to add a shortcut to a specific contact on your Home Screen. Once you visualize the contact, you just have to click on his/her email address to send the email.

This is not exactly what you asked as it requires an additional step, however it's a feature available on all Android versions without requiring installing any external app.

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Not for a specific person -- but still a shortcut, which simply opens the "compose new mail" screen: Compose Mail Shortcut. There's also Send Mail Shortcut which, from the name, sounds to exactly fit your purpose -- but as it helds no description at all, it's hard to tell. Last but not least: Mail Linker even seems to fit right from its description.

Unfortunately, as already mentioned, there's no such thing provided by the Android core system by default.

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From this discussion I found that Speed Dial application can do the trick.

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I think Speed Dial only works for smses and calls, but I could be mistaken. I tried that one a long time ago, but it can of course be updated in meantime. – ndsmyter Jan 22 '13 at 15:13

I don't believe there's anything built in to do that, but an app like Mail Widget will allow that.

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