Sparrow Sees Surprise iOS 7 Update, But Don’t Get Too Excited

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Sparrow was once my favorite third-party email clients for Mac and iOS, but after its creators were bought by Google last year, the likelihood of improvements and new features seemed to go out of the window. And indeed, the app has been all but ignored since the acquisition — until it got a surprise update today.

Don’t expect major changes, though. While it does have a new logo that better fits iOS 7’s “flat” design, that’s about as far as the design changes go. The app itself still looks exactly the same, and it offers exactly the same features — which means there’s still no support for push notifications.

In addition to the new logo, the update promises to fix “compatibility with iOS 7.”

While I hate to sound like an ungrateful so and so, was this update a little unnecessary? Is anyone still using Sparrow for iPhone after all this time with no support? Don’t get me wrong — it’s still a nice app if you don’t need push notifications for your mail — but there are certainly better options out there now.

I’d love to see a proper Sparrow update with a new design and new features, but that seems highly unlikely now that its creators are working for Google. Maybe they’ll surprise us, but until then, I’d advise against spending $2.99 on this app if you don’t already have it.

  • maltepost

    Why do you advise against spending $2.99 on this app? What other Email-App is better for gmail-accounts? I tried all of them and even the “best” are by no means as good as sparrow.

    Evomail: Slow, unintuitive UI, Login and Password stored on the evomail-servers; mailbox: totally different approach and the killler: all communication (passwords, emails) is routed via the servers of the “not-so-interested-in-privacy-regulations”-Dropbox-Company. And all the others (Mail Pilot, Boxer, Dispatch etc.) have all thier flaws, but nothing comes close to Sparrow. If one uses gmail, I would still recommend sparrow for iPhone and Sparrow for Mac as by far the best Emailclients. And it is still running on the newest Systems with all the features you can get from gmail.

    If Push is your only concern and you are serious about it, get a jailbereak (and Sparrow+ /Push) instead of handing out all your data to a private company with no control over the data protection concerning your private data. Period.

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