Sparrow 1.1 iOS Features a Built-In Browser

Push support is coming, version 1.6 for Mac OS X on the way

Sparrow has released an updated version of its popular email application on iOS platforms. The company promises to do something about the Push problem, as well as to release an updated version on Mac OS X with support for the POP emailing protocol.

“Like on the Mac, Sparrow for iPhone will evolve fast and integrate feature requests and bug fixes,” the Sparrow team writes on the company’s blog. “Sparrow 1.1 is the first step and here is what’s new.”

The change log offered on the Sparrow blog is a summary of the full release notes posted on the iTunes App Store.

There, the company mentions such new features as a built-in web browser, send & archive, empty trash, empty spam, dock badge preferences by account, the ability to show/hide labels and folders, and an option to include attachments when forwarding an email.

Bug fixes include compatibility with mail servers, improved mail servers detection, a better-behaved composer wrapping, custom SMTP for alias, a fix for an issue with SMTP without password, and addressed misbehavior of the message view (with emails that do not scroll). Other notable fixes include:

- Swipe gesture to add custom account

- Refresh starred / unread using pull to refresh

- Fixed account list scrolling with more than 10 accounts

- Video attachments are shown fullscreen.

On the Push matter, Sparrow developers said: “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.”

Finally, the team is also keen to announce that despite being awfully busy on the iPhone they’re currently working on Sparrow 1.6 for Mac.

“This next release will include a lot of bug fixes and improvements. The main new feature will be POP support. Finally, you’ll be able to plug your old Hotmail or Live account in Sparrow,” says the team.

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