Sparrow, once only a third-party email client for the Mac, landed on iOS last month with a splash. The $2.99 software provides users with an excellent alternative to the native Mail option.

Well the app received an update today, bringing it to version 1.1. It includes a handful of new additions and features, and the developers say that more is on the way…

Today’s update adds the ability to show or hide the app’s notification badge per account, and open links through a built-in web browser. It also now has new actions for emptying the trash, and archiving sent emails.

But the good news of the day comes via a blog post from the app’s developers. It reads:

“Thanks to your amazing support, we feel confident that Apple might revise its position on the Push API. We’ll submit a 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.”

Sparrow’s lack of push notification has been the one glaring omission that a lot of folks have said are keeping them from using the app exclusively. So it would certainly behoove the developers to figure out a solution quickly.

Either way, Sparrow 1.1 is available today. And it’s certainly worth updating if you already own the app. Otherwise, if you’re holding out for push notifications, it looks like you’ll only have to wait a little while longer.

  • I’ve been using boxcar and it works fine.

  • Need to be able to set Sparrow as default too.

  • Alberto Hernandez Jr

    Anyone else notice that Sparrow 1.1 does not work with Sparrow Push from Cydia?

    • yeap same here.. hopefully there wil be an update for Sparrow Push soon..

      • Alberto Hernandez Jr

        Developer (crash-x) tweeted ETA for Sparrow Push coming Sunday 🙂

      • Did you mean next Sunday? ‘Cause nothing came out yesterday 😛

    • I tried and It works well without cydia update.

  • app store says $2.99, not $1.99

  • I feel like the native Mail app works and functions just fine. I have no interest in Sparrow. can someone point out some things that would actually make it shine over the native app?

    • Anonymous

      I downloaded it from installious and after a day of using it, I went ahead and bought it.

      It’s a lot smother then the mail app. It also has delete, archive, etc all in the bottom side menu. Check it out!

  • waleed LA

    i want to use it with HOTMAIL but i cant any help? 🙁

  • Anonymous

    I’ll hold off till push is offered. It seems pointless to me to have to manually check when I get about 50 work related emails a day and clean them up as they arrive.

  • I’ve remove Sparrow because it isn’t integrated to iOS system. E.g: You want to share a link from Dropbox as action “Share the link”, it cannot launch Sparrow as default.

  • Alberto Hernandez Jr

    Carancha, seems the developer (crash-x) has been sick but per his latest tweet he’s hoping to have it updated/fixed real soon. Hopefully before Sunday 😉