I like this app, but it was immediately clear in the first 2 minutes of using it what’s missing:
Integration with email accounts at the iOS level.
Calendar apps get to piggy-back off the calendar accounts the user has created at the OS level. All your calendars, regardless of type (iCal, Exchange, etc) are immediately visible in every new Calendar app you install. Syncing just works. Everything just works.
Email apps are still isolated sandboxes: Sparrow can’t re-use any of the information iOS already knows about my email accounts, it can’t take advantage of the push email iOS already gets, Sparrow can’t do Exchange accounts even though iOS can, Sparrow can’t piggy-back off the database of emails already stored in my phone.
Apple: you did this for calendars, and calendar apps exploded. You did this for contacts, and contact apps are taking off. You did this for music, and we got Groove. Do it for email apps now pleeeeeease. Follow the WebOS lead: allow apps to leverage the solid PIM engine you have in iOS, so app devs can focus on their real added value: the UI and UX.
Oh, and Google: figure out a way for apps to leverage your email search. Gmail’s iphone app is not very appealing, but it’s the only game in town for fast, reliable search of your mailbox.
Like on the Mac, Sparrow for iPhone will evolve fast and integrate feature requests and bug fixes.
Sparrow 1.1 is the first step and here is what’s new:
Send & Archive
Show/hide dock badge per account
Only show specific labels and folders
Built-in web browser
Empty trash and empty spam
Authentication issue with some Google apps account
Custom SMTP for Alias
We’re already working on Sparrow 1.2.
The next update will include localization in 9 languages, landscape mode when composing and will allow you to swipe up and down between messages.
What’s up on Push?
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. With or without Apple.
What about the Mac?
We’ve been busy on the iPhone for quite some time but we’re back on the Mac. We’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.
As always, we’ll keep you posted on our progress here.