Google acquires iOS email client Sparrow

Written by Dean Ang. Posted in News

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Published on July 23, 2012 with No Comments

Late last week, Sparrow’s CEO Dominique Leca announced through his company’s very well known third party e-mail client was acquired by Google. Neither Google nor Sparrow have disclosed the financial details of the acquisition, but various sources have said that Sparrow had been acquired for no more than $25 million.

Sparrow is a highly popular third party email application for iOS devices, where Gmail undoubtedly had problems with. Running on Gmail, Sparrow quickly gained popularity among Gmail users on iOS devices since its launch in March 2012 and have been one of the top apps ever since.

Now that Sparrow is with Google, nobody knows what’s going to happen next, whether Sparrow will help keep a good Gmail experience off iOS or make the iOS Gmail app better. One thing we know is that something bigger is going to come out of this acquisition as stated by Leca: “Now we’re joining the Gmail team to accomplish a bigger vision — one that we think we can better achieve with Google.”

Sparrow shutting down would be highly unlikely for the time being but with Google having a notorious reputation of shutting down stuff that has little or no relevance with Android. Although being acquired by Google seems to be a good news for the five person team over at Sparrow, end users on the other hand feel a little disappointed by the email that was sent out to them by Sparrow stating making them unsure of what’s next for the email client that they used to love: “We will continue to make available our existing products, and we will provide support and critical updates to our users. However, as we’ll be busy with new projects at Google, we do not plan to release new features for the Sparrow apps.”

The transition is slated to be completed on August 24,2012.