About a month after the launch of Sparrow for iPhone 1.1, a new version is hitting the App Store that brings a few much-requested features like landscape composing, the ability to edit/create labels, and swiping between email threads. It should be noted that landscape mode only works while you're composing email, and not while you're browsing your inbox. There's also localization in eight more languages: French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Russian, and Chinese. There are also a few bug fixes and updates to the contact picture-rendering engine, so even if you have hundreds of contacts, pictures will show up quickly next to emails in your inbox. While 1.2 adds fewer big-time features than 1.1, its speedy release indicates that Dom Leca and the Sparrow team are committed to delivering frequent updates that respond to user requests and complaints. Leca told us that the number one user request is (you guessed it) push notifications, which the team is currently working on with third parties and plans to roll out as a yearly subscription as soon as they can. The Sparrow team said:
You were more than 16 000 helping us on our Apple quest to get the VoIP privilege. We can't thank you enough for your support. Unfortunately, Apple has confirmed that they are not willing to do any exception to the rule and that Sparrow will NOT be granted with the privilege. This means we'll have to do Push on our side and that it will be integrated as a yearly subscription into Sparrow's future update.