Sparrow 1.3.5 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)Sparrow 1.3.5 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 002)

Sparrow, the Google-owned email client for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, has seen very little changes in the features department since the Internet giant acquired the startup in the summer of 2012.

Matter of fact, the search monster has passed on the opportunity to update Sparrow following the September 18 iOS 7 launch with the new visual appearance.

That said, today’s minor refresh leaves a lot to be desired. Aside from the redesigned flat app icon, Sparrow version 1.3.5 contains no new features and it still has the same old user interface that doesn’t take advantage of the new iOS 7 visual appearance…

Here’s the new icon.

Sparrow 1.3.5 for iOS (app icon, small)

That, and compatibility fixes for iOS 7 are the only changes cited in the app’s changelog.

You can download Sparrow for $2.99 from the App Store.

Unlike the more popular Mailbox (now a Dropbox property) which supports only Gmail accounts, Sparrow features full IMAP and POP support plus a number of goodies such as unified and priority inbox, attachments, Facebook integration for contact faces, built-in web browser and much more.

Too bad Google won’t be adding new features as they folded Sparrow developers into its mobile Gmail software team. The last major Sparrow update dates back to November 2012, when the team enabled support for the iPhone 5’s taller screen and Apple’s Passbook digital tickets.

Are there any active Sparrow users out there?

  • Jonathan

    No way I’d want to miss that update… -_-

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  • Linton Findlay

    i still use sparrow on ios6, but il most likely start using the stock mail in ios7 or gmail app if they create multiple accounts inbox

  • Mathieu Amiot

    Not a user anymore. Switched back to iOS7’s

    It’s really a shame that Sparrow got bought by Google, so much potential out there… Also, on the Mac, Airmail has gotten the best out of sparrow to make the best mail client out there on desktop 🙂

  • latinlegacy

    I don’t see no new icon

  • TonyVee73

    I use Sparrow on iOS 7. I used it because I use a Alias email address on my main Gmail account. I know I can do the same thing on the Stock iPhone app but I like the way Sparrow is laid out. I do use the stock App on my iPad

  • Greg Warren

    I used Sparrow (and liked it much better) until I upgraded to iOS 7 and lost the push mail tweak. I hate that Google bought Sparrow only to stifle the innovation associated with this once-great app.

  • Jeroen Claassens

    I used to use Sparrow, and I loved it, but the lack of push notifications once the app updated and the tweak which enabled push didn’t made me go back to stock mail app 🙁

  • Yujin

    Why should it be updated… Don’t think google wants to keep making any more updates. Time to look for a new and better email client.

  • Fırat Çiftçi

    I like its Mac app, I find it more useful than the stock Mail app, but on iOS I prefer Gmail.

  • Brandon Miranda

    I use

  • SimonReidy

    Google are lagging behind with updating their apps for iOS7 in general. Not just visually speaking, but YouTube, Capture,Maps and Gmail all have bugs on iOS7.

  • momerathe

    I switched form Sparrow to Gmail a while back – there’s no real point to Sparrow now. Though if Google bring their ad spam to iOS, I might have to go looking for a new email client again.

  • GuyBey0ndC00L

    So far the only Google Apps I use most is Google Maps and Google Search. Google Maps has unbelieveable amount of data available compare to other services like it. Google Search with Google Now is more reliable than Siri ever was and go beyond what Siri is currently able to do. Siri takes so long even on WiFi. I l love Siri but its not reliable like it should be.

    YouTube = Is a joke NO Quality options over cellular connection and still buggy.

    Gmail = More or less useful so many better Apps options for Gmail. I use Mailbox.

    Chrome = Is great at times but not has great on iOS compare to Mac or PC version. Can’t set it has default browser, but Apps are now linking to Chrome iOS. That cool but not the same. Tab sync amazing, but since no App can use Apple’s Nitro engine and that makes Chrome feel more like UI than a App. Chrome and many Apps like feels dated. Not Google fault or others fault

    Google may be pumping out iOS Apps left and right but the Quality and Usefulness of there Apps are questionable.

    These are just my thoughts and opinions not facts.
    Currently: iPhone 5 running latest iOS 7

  • It makes me wonder what sparrow for ios7 would have looked like. I’m still irritated that I’ll never be able to get push notifications and use sparrow.

    Still use the app, but use gmail to notifiy me of an email. Not great, but it works just fine. Hate the ios6/ios7 mail app. I use too many labels

    Gmail needs to seriously just use sparrow as their proprietary app. Someone with more power than me make this happen.

  • redfood

    I still use it. I was considering swathing to mail (or something else) because of the iOS7 compatibility issues but now that they are fixed I’m happy.

    I don’t like gmail because they still don’t support a unified inbox!