Email client Sparrow Acquired by Google

The Sparrow team (developers of the fantastic 3rd party email client Sparrow and a favorite of mine) has just sent an email out to subscribers with news of being acquired by Google:

We’re excited to let you know that Sparrow has been acquired by Google!You can view our public announcement here, but I wanted to reach out directly to make sure you were aware of the news. We will continue to make available our existing products, and we will provide support and critical updates to our users. However, as we’ll be busy with new projects at Google, we do not plan to release new features for the Sparrow apps.
It’s been an honor and a pleasure to build products for all of our wonderful users who have supported us over the years. We can’t thank you enough.
We look forward to working on some new and exciting projects at Google!
Dom Leca
CEO
Sparrow

It’s not known at this time if Sparrow will still be releasing the planned iPad version of the iOS app, though at the very least, it appears they’ll still be providing support and (critical) updates for the Mac, and iPhone versions. So does that mean we can forget about push notifications via yearly subscriptions on the iPhone?

Sparrow updated with new features, Push Notification to be implemented via yearly subscriptions

Sparrow iPhone 1.2 Update

Sparrow, the best 3rd party mail app on the iPhone, has been updated with 4 new features. First up is Message Navigation, where you can now swipe up and down between messages (previously only conversions were supported). When moving between messages, you’ll clearly see the email’s subject heading, whereas in conversions, the person’s name will be displayed. Also new in the 1.2 update: compose emails in landscape mode, edit and create folder/labels from within the app and support for 9 total languages, including French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Russian and Chinese. As for the issue with Push Notifications, it appears that Apple will not grant the Sparrow team an exception to use the VoIP API for notifications. From the Sparrow blog:

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Sparrow receives first update, Push coming soon

Sparrow, hands down the best mail client for the iPhone, has just been updated to version 1.1. New are its Send & Archive feature, a built in browser, dock badge for accounts and ability to show/hide folders and labels. But what’s even more encouraging is that the Sparrow team have announced that “Push is coming. With or without Apple.”:

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.

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Sparrow lands on the iPhone

Sparrow, my favorite mail client on Mac OS, has finally been released for the iPhone.

Sparrow is an iPhone mail client designed with love to provide you with an efficient and pleasant mailing experience. With its pane navigation, its new threading system and many new features, you’ll never look back.

Similar to the pane interface found on the Facebook app, you can use swipe gestures to reveal mailboxes, labels and folders. Swipe on a message and you can star, add a label, archive or delete a conversation. I’ve used Sparrow on my iPhone briefly and so far, am completely loving it (goodbye Mail app!). The one big downer is the lack of push notifications, which can be a deal breaker for some. Personally, I can live without it for the time being, seeing how this is the best 3rd party mail app I’ve used thus far.

And if you missed it earlier, Sparrow for Mac is still currently on sale at $6 (via StackSocial), though only until for another 12 hours or so. Check out the promo video and app description after the break.

Sparrow Sparrow, Sparrow, – $2.99

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Sparrow for Mac now 40% off

Sparrow, a fantastic mail client for Mac OS, is now on sale at $6 (down from $10) via StackSocial. The beautifully designed and easy to use 3rd party mail app supports Gmail, Yahoo!, AOL, MobileMe and any other custom IMAP. Some of its more notable features include a unified inbox, drag and drop attachments, iCloud and Dropbox sync, Facebook integration, as well as support for Priority Inbox for Gmail users. Reviews online are mostly positive, with the Mac App Store showing an average of 4 and a 1/2 stars out of 1,800+ ratings. 

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App Price Drop – November 25th, 2008

Powerboat Challenge 3D

$3.99 —> $1.99

Powerboat Challenge? 3D

LIMITED TIME SALE : 50% Discount
Powerboat Challenge™ 3D, the multi-award-winning water racing spectacle, comes with improved graphics, analogue controls and rich realsound now also for your iPhone.
- Four cool characters with stylish racing boats to choose from
- In-game shop with lots of tuning options for your powerboat

FastCall

$4.99 —> $2.99

FastCall

FastCall makes it possible to find and contact anyone in no time flat.
In just a few taps, you’ll find whomever you need to find. Can’t remember the name? Just type in the title or company/organization. What’s more, there’s an effortless way to see everyone you call, SMS, and e-mail most often. Just take a look at the Heatmap. Contacts that you frequently access appear in hot colors. All the others are displayed in cooler colors. Since Heatmap learns from your usage habits, it’s always getting smarter.

Spinblox

$2.99 —> $0.99

Spinblox

Spinblox is a fun and exciting new falling block puzzle game for all ages, including Classic and Advanced games with 2 different modes: Endless and Timed. Classic, first seen as a Web app, now includes Advanced with special blox for an heightened challenge. Spin 2 blox to create a group of 3 or more same colored blox in a row or column. Groups are removed each wave. Points are awarded and the game is over when the blox reach the top or the timer runs out. Good luck!

Words – English

$2.99 —> $1.99

Words - English

This is the Words game version coming with an English word library. The Words game is also available as a separate version with a French, German or Spanish word library. Connect adjacent Letters to words. The longer the word the higher the score you get. Click the last selected letter again to try to remove it. If it is a valid word the selected letters will fall down and new letters will from above.

Mr. Sudoku

$2.99 —> $0.99

Mr. Sudoku

If you’re already a Sudoku fan, meet your new best friend — Mr. Sudoku. If you’re not yet a Sudoku fan, you soon will be! The unique and innovative interface lets you use a familiar input device to select your digits — your own personal digits! Draw the number you want, and it’s instantly converted into the actual number.

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