Android apps

Google acquires Sparrow, looks to bolster Gmail

July 20, 2012 | by Natesh Sood

Android apps, Communication, Google

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In a move that most did not see coming, Google acquired Sparrow.  Sparrow is a developer company that is best known for its mail apps for Apple products.  Specifically, Sparrow has some great mail apps on the Mac OS X and iOS platforms, but now Google owns the company.

On the Sparrow website, the CEO mentions how its company will focus its priorities on the Gmail platform in order to improve the mail experience for Gmail’s millions of users.  Since Google also owns Android, I imagine Google will work closely with Sparrow in order to improve the Gmail experience on Android.

The Mac OS X and iOS Sparrow apps will continue to exist and function normally, however, it appears new features will be suspended unless Google wants to continue supporting other platforms with Sparrow.  The full announcement post can be read below:

We’re excited to announce that Sparrow has been acquired by Google!

We care a lot about how people communicate, and we did our best to provide you with the most intuitive and pleasurable mailing experience.

Now we’re joining the Gmail team to accomplish a bigger vision — one that we think we can better achieve with Google.

We’d like to extend a special thanks to all of our users who have supported us, advised us, given us priceless feedback and allowed us to build a better mail application. While we’ll be working on new things at Google, we will continue to make Sparrow available and provide support for our users.

We had an amazing ride and can’t thank you enough.

Full speed ahead!

Dom Leca