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Sparrow flies onto iPhone

The latest addition to the Utilities section of iTunes is Sparrow, already described as a must have tool for iPhone owners. The app was released yesterday and aims to help iPhone users better manage email on their smartphone. Sparrow offers an unified Inbox for multiple email accounts and comes with support for Gmail, Google Apps, iCloud, Yahoo, AOL, Mobile Me and custom IMAP accounts.

In addition, the app has many convenient features like message swipe, easy handling of attachments, smart contacts, thread view, and priority Inbox support. If these useful features are not enough, Sparrow also allows multiple aliases, so users can send and receive from numerous accounts. The design was inspired by Twitter for Mac, explained Sparrow co-founder and CEO Dom Leca in an interview. Sparrow costs £1.99 from the App Store, which seems pretty reasonable if you're struggling to keep all your email accounts in order, on the move.

Sparrow is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch provided they're running iOS 5.0 or later. The five French developers behind Sparrow have big plans for the next version, including push notifications, localisation, landscape mode and an Archive feature. It's the lack of Push that has been most criticised by early adopters of Sparrow, so it's good to see that it's already on the roadmap for the next update.

Radu has been working as a freelance writer for more than five years and has been blogging around since 2004. He is interested in anything Apple as well as gaming and mobile applications.