Sparrow for iOS to be updated for iPhone 5

Daniel Bader

September 24, 2012 5:47pm

When folks at Sparrow were dissolved into Google’s Gmail team, it was thought that there would be no more updates for OS X or iPhone. Turns out the small team is still working on new features for the mobile client. While push connectivity never officially came to Sparrow for iPhone, at least it will be updated for the iPhone 5’s 4-inch screen, something that a lot of users were concerned would never happen.

Sparrow started its life as a simple, beautiful Gmail client for OS X. It quickly grew to be a popular third-party alternative to Google’s Gmail portal and Apple’s underwhelming first-party Its feature set grew to support IMAP accounts outside of Google, and its Gmail abilities, such as label syncing, grew quickly.

When it came to iPhone, people were ready to give up Apple’s native mail client there, too. But it was discovered that push notifications would not be forthcoming due to API limitations. Before the company could figure out a way to bring push to iPhone, it was bought by Google to be integrated into the Gmail team.

They’ve promised a modicum of support going forward, for both desktop and mobile, but we’re assuming that after bringing iOS 6 and iPhone 5 support, there aren’t going to be many new features to the app.

We’ll let you know when the update is ready.

Source: Twitter
Via: MobileBurn

  • JP

    no one is going to say anything? lol

    • Chris

      Because this isn’t newsworthy

  • daguy

    How could you have a 3rd party client with push email on iOS? There is no way you could send entire emails to a device using Apple’s notification service. At best, Sparrow would need to run their own server that constantly checks your email account for new messages, and all they could send your phone is an alert, not the emails themselves.

    People don’t fully realize how limited iOS’s multitasking abilities are.