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If you’re not a fan of Apple’s built-in Mail app, you’ve no doubt discovered Sparrow for iPhone, which just got a little better with version 1.2 on Monday -- and there’s some good news and bad news about push being added to the app as well.
The creators of the Sparrow email app have released version 1.2 for the iPhone on Monday, which adds four very welcome features to the third-party email app that has quickly found a loyal base of iOS users.
Let’s get the good news/bad news scenario out of the way first. Push is not included with version 1.2, but it’s coming as a paid in-app upgrade. Unfortunately, Apple continues to refuse to budge on Sparrow tapping into the iOS VoIP API to offer push email from within the app, so the developers now have to resort to offering it as a paid option.
“You were more than 16,000 helping us on our Apple quest to get the VoIP privilege,” the Sparrow blog notes, referring to the number of users who signed the company’s online petition. “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.”
No word on when push will make it into Sparrow for iPhone or what it will cost, but at least it is indeed coming. Meanwhile, the developers have beefed up the existing app with four new features users can get their hands on today.
Message navigation allows users to navigate all mailbox messages simply by swiping up or down, with a special separator that pops up to clearly indicate you’re swiping to a new conversation. Labels and folders can now be renamed, created or deleted right from within the app as well.
Sparrow now allows composing messages in landscape mode, and the app is now fluent in nine languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Russian, and Chinese.
Sparrow for iPhone 1.2 is now available from the App Store as a free update for existing users and a $2.99 purchase for everyone else; the app works with all devices running iOS 5.0 or later, but is not universal for native iPad support.
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