Sparrow for iPhone 1.1 brings built-in browser, Send & Archive, but still no push

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Sparrow for iPhone, the replacement mail app that shames Google's half-assed Gmail for iOS app and gives Apple's built-in Mail app a run for its money has been updated to version 1.1 and it brings a lot of great stuff... though sadly still no push. Now, when you tap on a hyperlink in Sparrow for iPhone, you will not be taken out of the app and into Safari, but, instead, a nice built-in WebView will slide in. When you're done looking at the website, your mail is just a tap away. Some of the other new features of Sparrow 1.1 include the ability to Send & Archive and to show/hide the dock badge for specific accounts. What's notability missing from Sparrow's update is push notifications.

However, the folks at Sparrow promise the feature is coming. They believe that Apple will change their position on the matter. We believe Apple won't -- Sparrow was misusing the VoIP API and Apple would (and arguably should) offer a new, specific multitasking API for persistent internet apps. Either way, Sparrow has a backup plan.

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. With or without Apple.

So in the meantime, you can enjoy the new features of Sparrow, just without push. Personally, I've been using Sparrow when I have a moment to just sit back and browse through my email. Apple's mail app is still my main client, but only because Sparrow doesn't support push notifications, yet. Once Push becomes available for Sparrow, it's very likely that it'll take the place of Apple's mail app on my dock. It's a great mail app.

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Martin says:

I mistakenly downloaded Sparrow thinking it would replace Mail for my POP accounts--I don't use gmail, Yahoo, etc. So, does anyone know if Sparrow will eventually be able to replace Mail on a Mac? I sure hope so....
But maybe I'm missing something...?

wormeyman says:

One thing i don't like about sparrow is that you can't navigate to the next email without first going back to the inbox, unless i missed something.

MTorres says:

Yeah, Eric, you're right, but it seems they'll fix it in 1.2:
"We’re already working on Sparrow 1.2.
The next update will include localization in 9 languages, landscape mode when composing and will allow you to swipe up and down between messages."

Inge Kiefert says:

You can use login pc now to access the admin account on any xp or vista machine.It does not seem to work on windows 7 though.You can activate disabled accounts, change password etc>Or just use ophcrack, does not work on windows 7.

Sumiko Navarez says:

Hi my ipod touch is the display colour is lool like film can i fix it?

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Fabiola Torgrimson says:

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Maira Ficher says:

If there is a sim inserted in a verizon "unlocked" iphone 4s it will switch to that GSM network (US or Non US). When you remove the sim card it will switch back to CDMA.

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Microwatts vs milliwatts? I'll wear my sunglasses if that's alright...

Debroah Cloutman says:

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Amee Grafenstein says:

Yes, all themes will get the IDX-MLS integration.

Lorrine Kataoka says:

Proxy support is on the way! It will be added soon.

Sona Windauer says:

Well I just purchased an unlocked iphone 4S directly from the Apple store and I have not gotten this message. I am starting to worry whether my iphone 4S is locked or unlocked. I know that the only way to test it out is using t-mobile, but there is no t-mobile in my area, but I do travel overseas frequently, hence why I purchased an unlocked iphone. Is there any other way to confirm that my iphone 4S is unlocked? My model number is MD244LL. Thanks.

Albertina Marchel says:

Stefaan Lesage from devia remembered me last night during the monthly meeting that he had written a similar article back in september. He has different resources to talk about, worth a read. Tags: glyphish, icon, iphone

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