The popular iOS and Mac email client Sparrow has been acquired by Google, with the team behind it headed to positions in Google’s Gmail division. Exactly how Sparrow is going to contribute at Google is unclear.
Over time, many web-based companies like Google begin moving their online services to the desktop space and other platforms. The recently acquired QuickOffice – which is comparable to Google Docs — shows Google doing this with their office suite.
Sparrow has also announced on their App store page that “As the team works on new projects, there will be no new features released for the Sparrow apps, other than minor maintenance and bug fixes.” This news can be frustrating for dedicated users that depended on Sparrow for email, especially those who use it for work. Regardless, Sparrow will remain in the iOS and Mac App stores for $2.99 and $9.99 respectively.
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!