Sparrow For iPhone Gets New Features, Push Coming Later With Yearly Subscription


Want push support in Sparrow for iPhone? You're going to have to pay extra for it.
Want push support in Sparrow for iPhone? You're going to have to pay extra for it.

Sparrow for iPhone — the third-party email client that has left Apple’s built-in Mail app redundant on my device — has received another major update today, which introduces a number of helpful features and quashes a handful of bugs.

One thing it doesn’t add, however, is that much-anticipated push support. That’s coming later, but you’ll have to pay for it.

In addition to landscape support while composing emails, Sparrow 1.2 adds a new swipe navigation that makes it super simple to navigate between messages. While reading an email that’s part of a long conversation, you can now swipe up or down to view the other emails within that thread.

You can also edit and create new labels and folders directly within the Sparrow app itself, and you can also now enjoy support for nine languages, including English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Russian, and Chinese.

Finally, this update also brings bug fixes for issues with scrolling, drafts, incorrect contacts in autosuggest, and more.

Unfortunately, Sparrow 1.2 still doesn’t introduce push support. According to the Sparrow blog, it’s coming later… but you’ll have to pay yearly for it:

You were more than 16 000 helping us on our Apple quest to get the VoIP privilege.  We can’t thank you enough for your support. Unfortunately, Apple has confirmed that they are not willing to do any exception to the rule and that Sparrow will NOT be granted with the privilege.

This means we’ll have to do Push on our side and that it will be integrated as a yearly subscription into Sparrow’s future update.

That’s disappointing news to Sparrow users. Although the price of that yearly subscription hasn’t been announced, it seems unlikely users are going to pay for a feature the iPhone has built-in.

Source: App Store

Via: Sparrow Blog

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  • Daj

    Doomed!  So we pay for the app and then extra for push.  Other apps will blow it out of the water.  Sad times

  • heaby808

    Terrible choice! Ive bought sparrow for iPhone because I loved it so much on the Mac. To hear the news that push will be extra is very disappointing. Sad to say but you’re going to burn a lot of customers and lose alot of support from fans like me.

  • cfofiu

    If it is true that you have to pay a yearly subscription for push, I then regret downloading it in the first place and paying to support the team cause simply put I don’t use it because that very reason. But just like every one else I decided to fork out the money to support the team in the hopes that it will be complete one day.

    That’s pretty messed up!
  • kylereddoch

    This is total BS. I bought Sparrow for my Mac and love it! I have yet to buy it for the iPhone (was waiting for push to be supported) then I would be willing to pay the $3 for it. But now that they are going to rape you for not only the $3 but for a subscription service, I say screw that. Really bad PR move on thier part that is really going to cost them.

  • ApplePr0n

    According to Engadget, it’s because they have to send the push notifications from their own servers, so to make up that cost they are charging. Now as to whether or not that is true, I have no idea

  • mr_bee

    I don’t use Sparrow, mostly because it hasn’t made a good use case for me or users like me yet.  For instance I have no troubles with Mail either for the Mac or for the iPhone which both have more features and yet rare simple and easy to use clients in their own right.  To replace them with Sparrow, I would need some overwhelming reason and so far they offer only a smaller feature set and no real improvement other than aesthetics which is a mixed bag at best.  

    What astounds me is that Sparrow *still* has no client for iPad.  Email on iPad is just awful, and without doubt, the worst of the three Apple mail clients is the iPad version.  If there was a Sparrow client for the iPad that fixed the obvious shortcomings of the built-in app, I might actually download and use it.