Push Notifications are one thing, but support for the iPad is a whole ‘nother area where Sparrow is lacking for iOS. As of now, the popular 3rd party email client is iPhone-only, making it difficult for users who have both devices to fully commit to using it.

But as usual, a jailbreak developer is making serious headway on bringing native-like iPad support to Sparrow via a handy tweak. SparrowPlus may already be familiar to a lot of you, it’s the same tweak that allows you to make Sparrow your iPhone’s default mail client, along with Push Notifications.

Now the developer behind SparrowPlus is working on an update to bring improved Sparrow support to the iPad. It’s not perfect, but as you’ll see from our hands-on video, it certainly shows some promise…

SparrowPlus is a huge improvement over simply running the Sparrow app in 2X mode on the iPad. The UI elements have been scaled in a manner that makes it much more functional than Sparrow for iPhone running on the iPad in 2X mode.

There are still a few showstoppers at this point in time, however, with message composition being the primary shortcoming. As of now, composing a new message relegates the message composition screen to a size that’s normally suited for the iPhone’s screen; a similar problem rears its head when trying to set up new email accounts.

Besides those two significant issues, Sparrow looks and works surprisingly well on the iPad with SparrowPlus installed. If developer, @FreeManRepo, can get all of the kinks worked out, then SparrowPlus might be viable holdover until the developers of Sparrow themselves update the app with universal support.

What do you think? Would you consider using Sparrow on the iPad once this updated tweak is released?

Update: Yes, as it’s been noted by many of you, FullForce does the same thing, but the idea behind this is that it will fix many of the issues present with FullForce/Sparrow i.e. the message composition. Try downloading FullForce now if you want to give it a try.

  • Dan

    anyone know if sparrow plus is working as advertised? I tried it a while ago and the push was broken.

    • Working fine!

      • Didn’t work for a while, but now it seems everything is ok.

      • Kok Hean

        How did you get it working?

  • I wish someone can do that for Whatsapp on the iPad..

    • That would be GREAT!!!

    • That would be GREAT!!!

    • Anonymous

      Well I’m using Whatsapp on my iPad

    • Kok Hean

      Install WhatsPad from Cydia.

    • actualy you can..download whatspad from cydia and whatsapp from installous;)

      • Anonymous

        That’s piracy..

  • Anonymous

    As noted it looks pretty much the same as the way I run it using FullForce. Complete with the stretched out blue bar at the top that is two and a half iPhone header graphics stitched together. Would look nice if this could be swapped for a single shaded blue bar.

    Its great to see this is being worked on. I’d love to see landscape mode implemented if possible, but I imagine the original iPhone app will have to enable native landscape first? (for now it only works in landscape when composing).

    On a related note, something weird I’ve noticed about Sparrow Push: I never used to get banner notifications and notification centre integration. Now since updating Sparrow, I’m getting push notification banners and perfect NC integration. However under the Sparrow settings, there is no longer a section dedicated to Sparrow Push settings? (it used to be there along with an ad for 3G Unrestricter).

    Does this mean that Sparrow Push isn’t updated for the version I’m using? In which case does the default Sparrow iPhone app provide local notifications instead of push now? Or even though the settings are gone, is Sparrow Plus responsible for the banners and NC integration? Confused.

  • Anonymous

    As noted it looks pretty much the same as the way I run it using FullForce. Complete with the stretched out blue bar at the top that is two and a half iPhone header graphics stitched together. Would look nice if this could be swapped for a single shaded blue bar.

    Its great to see this is being worked on. I’d love to see landscape mode implemented if possible, but I imagine the original iPhone app will have to enable native landscape first? (for now it only works in landscape when composing).

    On a related note, something weird I’ve noticed about Sparrow Push: I never used to get banner notifications and notification centre integration. Now since updating Sparrow, I’m getting push notification banners and perfect NC integration. However under the Sparrow settings, there is no longer a section dedicated to Sparrow Push settings? (it used to be there along with an ad for 3G Unrestricter).

    Does this mean that Sparrow Push isn’t updated for the version I’m using? In which case does the default Sparrow iPhone app provide local notifications instead of push now? Or even though the settings are gone, is Sparrow Plus responsible for the banners and NC integration? Confused.

  • Anonymous

    Awesome

  • Andrew R Weiss

    How to download? The only download link I find in cydi a apps site sends me to a games site. Thanks!

  • I can’t get this working is there some trick or workflow I need to be doing?

  • I am dying for an great email app that allows me to click on a contact and I can see the history of all the emails sent and received….. i think there is a big market such an app. It is also insane to require me to have to go to another app (group email) to send an email with an attachment.