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Google Acquires Mac/iOS Email Client Sparrow, Joins Gmail Team to “Accomplish Bigger Vision”

Talk of the town today is Google’s newest acquisition of Sparrow. For most Android users, you have no idea what Sparrow is. Well, it is a third party email client that can be found on Mac/iOS that offers users an easy-to-use interface and has become quite popular. 

Google admits that Gmail didn’t launch on those platforms as well as it would have liked, so it’s bringing the Sparrow team on board to get the ball rolling a bit more quickly.

Statement from Sparrow:

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
CEO
Sparrow

Statement from Google:

The Sparrow team has always put their users first by focusing on building a seamlessly simple and intuitive interface for their email client. We look forward to bringing them aboard the Gmail team, where they’ll be working on new projects.

Will this acquisition affect how the Android version of Gmail operates? Probably not. Does this news even affect Android users? Probably not.

Via: The Verge

Cheers Randy!

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  • regkilla

    Sparrow smooth and fast on the iPhone

  • balthuszar

    be careful google, you don’t want to get sued for violating apple’s patent on buying stuff

  • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

    Hopefully a better Gmail desktop client, and a client for Mac users.

  • Jack Holt

    I love sparrow, it feels exactly like Gmails web interface but local.

  • iNfAMOUS70702

    Im one of the few here who also uses an iPhone ..Gmail for iOS was unusable…sparrow is easily the best email client for iOS…hopefully better things happen because of this

  • Inquizitor

    I’m happy, I always thought Sparrow looked seriously nice. While I’m perfectly happy with my Gmail experience on Jelly Bean, the desktop web app could use some sprucing. And while I’m generally not a fan of native apps when a web app can do the same job, if they made a Windows client as good as the Mac client I may use it.

  • randy

    First they acquire quick office now this? I like.

  • jonny c

    just give me pinch to zoom on gmail and i’m good…

  • http://twitter.com/Scooterman7 Neil Phillips

    If they wanted a great email client for Mac, and/or Windows, it’s too bad that they didn’t check out Thunderbird. That is an amazing Email client by Mozilla, as is MailDroid on Android.

    • bfederspill

      I’ve been using Thunderbird for years now, it’s the best email client out there.

  • OGDroidSucka

    Naive post is naive.

    This could very well have an impact on Android users in the same way that former iPhone Twitter app Tweetie had on all Twitter users. There’s a very good chance that the Sparrow team could be in charge of redesigning each Gmail app experience entirely, just as Loren Brichter did for Twitter.

    • michael arazan

      or Google just bought them for the patents and software rights for future ideas on how Gmail could be more useful or accessible

  • http://twitter.com/SirKnightDavid David Pollette

    ahh, that’s where MailDroid got their new logo from

  • MrEnglish

    Great, there goes sparrow’s quality.

  • John

    Wish they’d acquire someone to redo their gTalk app. Use Talk nonstop but it could use some updating..

    • ddevito

      GVoice first – better yet, merge them and make them not suck

      • Cam

        This. GVoice gets no love. And it’s such a killer feature.

      • JasonIvers

        How about letting me remember which contacts to call with Google Voice and which ones not? This all, nothing, or ask EVERY time is irritating… especially when Android is pretty good at avoiding that kind of thing in general.

      • bob martin

        how about merge all google apps like on their site? one app that can do everything

    • Anon
  • JazzoRenee

    I like the current features on Android mall boxes than on Apple.

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        i don’t even know what this means

  • digitalicecream


    — one that we think we can better achieve with Google.” Is it just me, or is this now trending?