The last time the $2.99 email app appeared in the iOS App Store was February 12th, while the $9.99 Mac app was last available on February 13th. The Mac app, however, is still available from Sparrow’s website directly. The last time the iOS update received an update was October 2013 to add iOS 7 compatibility. The Mac app never saw an update. At one point, Sparrow was the most popular app on the iOS App Store. It is to be seen if Google will launch a dedicated, native Inbox application for the Mac to replace Sparrow.
Like many Mac & iPhone users, Sparrow was easily my favorite email client for quite some time. As I said a couple weeks ago, Gmail for iOS is horrible and best, and Sparrow was the closest thing we had to a good Gmail client for iPhone. Today, I use Mailbox exclusively on Mac and iOS. It works for what I need. Sad to see the last note of Sparrow’s song die out after years of near silence.
Hell, let's be honest, if you're relying on Google's own email apps on the iPhone, your experience is doubleplusungood. But there are plenty of alternatives in Apple's App Store, and it just so happens that the best among them now bears the name of Microsoft Outlook.
The best Gmail app for the iPhone is now made by Microsoft
Never thought this would happen, did you? Gmail’s iPhone app has always sucked. When they bought out, and shut down, Sparrow years ago, we had a glimmer of hope that it would launch as a new Gmail app that was amazing. But it did. And here Microsoft buys out Acompli and does just that, rebrand and relaunch.
For me, personally, I love Mailbox for email, both on the go and at the desk. But for the pro emailer that lives by email, much more than inbox management is necessary. And it looks like Acompli had it. And now Microsoft does. And what’s more, the new Outlook supports Gmail, Dropbox, and more than just Microsoft services.
One could hope that this would convince Google to make the next move, but Google seems to ignore these kinds of things.