Sparrow+: Jailbreak Tweak Makes Sparrow Default Mail App and Adds Push Notifications

Sparrow for iPhone

The iOS counterpart of the popular email client for Mac – Sparrow, was released a few weeks ago.

Sparrow is an iPhone app with support for multiple email accounts, labels, a unified inbox, a sort by priority feature and more. Unfortunately, the lack of push notifications was a major downside.

The developers had explained the reason push notifications weren’t allowed by Apple. Apparently, as a workaround they tried to use a VOIP-only API that would allow them to bring push notification, but not surprisingly was rejected by Apple. The developers have said that “Push is coming. With or without Apple.”

If you can’t wait then there are two jailbreak tweaks available in CydiaSparrow Push – the jailbreak tweak that was released back in March added the support for push notifications. While it did rectify the one gripe many reviewers and customers had, alike, with the Sparrow app for iPhone, a new tweak has been released that makes the app a whole lot better.

The jailbreak tweak called Sparrow+ not only adds push notifications, it also replaces the stock Mail app with Sparrow. Anything you’d otherwise do to access Apple’s Mail app will now take you straight to the beautiful confines of Sparrow. Additionally, the tweak also includes Notification Center integration – a feature unavailable with Sparrow Push. The developer of Sparrow+ internally uses Sparrow Push for push notifications.

Sparrow+ is available on Cydia for free. iDownloadBlog’s Jeff Benjamin previews the tweak in the video embedded below:

We previously noted that Sparrow for the iPhone with push notifications would have been the perfect candidate for Gmail’s native iOS application. That still stands true but the need for the Gmail app is obsolete with the release of Sparrow+.

If you use Gmail frequently, we recommend checking out Sparrow for iPhone. It’s available for $2.99 in the App Store (link) and also download Sparrow+ from Cydia.