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Briefly: Google kills Sparrow; iOS Office adds iCloud; iOS 8 Dropbox

02/17, 7:10pm

Google drops IMAP client Sparrow for Inbox Gmail/Google Now hybrid

Once again, a popular Mac product originally developed independently and later bought by Google, has been discontinued. Like Snapseed before it, Google has decided to kill off popular email client Sparrow for both Mac and iOS in favor of its own Inbox product. The former program has been removed from both the iOS and Mac App Stores. The Mac program never received an update after Google's purchase of Sparrow in 2012, while the iOS one has languished since October of 2013.

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Google buys out email client maker Sparrow

07/20, 1:01pm

Developer to be merged into Gmail team

In a surprise move, software developer Sparrow has announced that it has been bought out by Google. Most terms of the deal haven't been announced, but Sparrow does say it will be folded into the Gmail team to "accomplish a bigger vision" which it can allegedly "better achieve with Google." It also promises that it will "continue to make Sparrow available and provide support for our users."

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Sparrow for Mac 1.6.2 gets Retina, Mountain Lion support

07/02, 4:55pm

Also gains Notification Center hooks

Sparrow has released an update of its self-named Mac email client, v1.6.2. The app now has support for the MacBook Pro's Retina display, as well as OS X Mountain Lion, which ships later this month. Related to this is support for Notification Center, which will only come to the Mac with Mountain Lion.

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Sparrow 1.2 adds landscape mode, label/folder management

05/14, 1:06pm

Promised push notifaction to require annual subscription

Sparrow has released a new version of its iPhone email client, bringing it up to 1.2. The release makes several important changes, for instance allowing landscape composition for the first time, and navigating between messages by swiping up or down. Users can now edit or create labels and folders, and the app has been localized for nine languages in total: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Russian, and Chinese.

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Sparrow for iOS updates to 1.1; push email coming

04/04, 2:30pm

Promises long-awaited feature

Sparrow has released an update to the iOS version of its self-titled mail client. The v1.1 upgrade implements a number of small but significant features, such as a built-in web browser, and a "send and archive" command. Separate commands have also been added for emptying trash and spam, and to show or hide labels and folders.

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Sparrow for iPhone goes live, overhauls iOS e-mail

03/14, 11:35pm

Sparrow for iPhone ready to go

Sparrow on Wednesday answered a long-standing request and posted its iPhone app ($3, App Store). The mobile version of the formerly Mac-only app brings in a pane navigation metaphor that both draws on apps like Facebook and Twitter; swipes bring in the main navigation for folders and labels as well as quick shortcuts to deal with individual messages. Shortcuts also see a pull down to refresh, swipes to quickly filter down to unread or favorited messages, and swipes to jump through a conversation.

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