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  • Sparrow 1.1 Released – Push Notifications "Coming Soon"


    Sparrow is a popular iOS e-mail client because of its looks, interaction abilities, and ease of use. It works with all IMAP e-mail accounts such as Gmail, Yahoo, and more. Many like it more than Apple’s stock Mail application. One major downside with it has to do with the fact that Apple wouldn’t allow Sparrow to include push notifications with the application.

    Today, Sparrow gets updated to version 1.1 with a couple of useful new features. The major one being that Sparrow now has its own built-in Web browser for users to view Web content directly in the e-mail client instead of having to open links into Safari and then use the multitasking App Switcher or another method to get back to the Sparrow application. The other update being the ability to archive messages.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sparrow Blog
    Thanks to your amazing support, we feel confident that Apple might revise its position on the Push API. We’ll submit a first version of Sparrow 1.2 including it. This might delay Sparrow 1.2 validation but we’re already working with some partners to include Push in future versions of Sparrow without needing Apple clearance.

    Push is coming. If Apple can’t help us yet, we have other ideas.
    So what’s new with the battle for Push notifications? Sparrow has stated on their blog that Sparrow will be getting push notifications in version 1.2, "Push is coming. If Apple can’t help us yet, we have other ideas." This implies the Sparrow team is working hard to bring us Push notifications in a way that Apple won't punish them for. The confirmation of push notifications for the popular e-mail client will be a breath of fresh air for anyone relying on Sparrow Push for limited push notifications for Sparrow.

    The Sparrow team shares that the implementation of Push into the application will require help from some of their, "partners" and could delay its appearance in the App Store – a small price to pay for great features as patience is a virtue.

    The version 1.1 update is free for all current Sparrow users and new users can buy Sparrow for the price of $2.99 from this link.

    Sources: App Store, Sparrow Blog
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Sparrow 1.1 Released – Push Notifications "Coming Soon" started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 14 Comments
    1. epikarus's Avatar
      epikarus -
      I don't understand. A lot of other apps have push notifications (if im not confused), why is this app specifically denied by apple?
    1. fraikonz's Avatar
      fraikonz -
      Quote Originally Posted by epikarus View Post
      I don't understand. A lot of other apps have push notifications (if im not confused), why is this app specifically denied by apple?
      "On our side: if Sparrow was to do Push today, we would have to store your credentials (login/password) on our servers to frequently poll your accounts, and send you notifications."

      From Push — Sparrow
    1. evolution83's Avatar
      evolution83 -
      I'll buy the app once push is enabled
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Agree^^^^ wish they would of updated that.
    1. nicrfe's Avatar
      nicrfe -
      Yay
    1. mbouchamekh's Avatar
      mbouchamekh -
      it`s fine....for Jailbroken phones, u can download sparrow push from bigboss repository .....
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Doesn't work on mine have to open the mail client to see if I have any emails.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by mbouchamekh View Post
      it`s fine....for Jailbroken phones, u can download sparrow push from bigboss repository .....
      That only supports badges for now.
    1. Jaredtodd69's Avatar
      Jaredtodd69 -
      Needs exchange capabilities
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Wonder if they will be able to do it
    1. mbouchamekh's Avatar
      mbouchamekh -
      m trying it with push from cydia..... m gonna feed u back after my test over.......................
    1. GAIAStevef's Avatar
      GAIAStevef -
      I guess I'm completely missing the boat on this app... I really don't get it as to why this is any better than the native mail app.

      I bought it, and set up my 5 email accounts, and played with it for a week or so, and ended up deleting it. To me, it just seemed akward to work with, and not very intuitive. (I prefer to not use the "common" inbox, so I can keep my various accounts separate, so the having to swipe from account to account seemed no better then the approach taken by the native client).

      What am I missing ? Is it just more visually appealing ?
    1. mbouchamekh's Avatar
      mbouchamekh -
      not so interesting as it`s a bit slow on iphone 4....... I think it`s not worth the price...... m gonna keep using the default iOS mail app....mutch more optimized and mutch more better and fast..... people r making noise for something worthless....hahaha anyway thx for sharing ..............that was my personal opinion............
    1. teej1410's Avatar
      teej1410 -
      I don't care about email enough to buy sparrow. I don't use email a lot any way