Google acquires Sparrow. Beginning or end of a cool mail app?

Sparrow, the popular mail client for Mac and iPhone has been acquired by Google for $25m. It should be a matter of time before Google integrates its features into Gmail.

Sparrow Mail

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

The acquisition has created mixed reactions, with some users angry with the sale expecting the app to be discontinued. This is possibly because of the updated description of the app in the App Store.

Sparrow has been acquired by Google. 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.

It is likely that you Google will integrate some of the features of Sparrow into its own Gmail app. Another major benefit for Google is improved support for iOS devices. It should also be a positive move for the founders of Sparrow, who not only received a good paycheck for their hard work, but also have the opportunity to working on a much larger platform. The results of this, yet remain to be seen.

I’ve personally been using Postbox, both on my Mac and Windows. I’ve loved its features and the software has seen steady development.

Which mail software do you use on your Mac and iPhone? Are you a Sparrow user? What was your reaction on hearing the news?

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