I prefer webmail over mail clients, but since I discovered Sparrow for Mac about a year ago, it’s been the only mail client app I’ve really liked in a long time. And then today, Google announced it had bought Sparrow, putting Sparrow employees to work on changing Gmail.
Exactly what that new vision will look like is unclear, but it seems likely that better Gmail apps for iOS and Android are in the pipeline. There’s also the possibility of a standalone Gmail app for OS X and Windows, or at least more functionality on Chromebooks, depending on the angle Google decides to take with its web email service.
“While we’ll be working on new things at Google, we will continue to make Sparrow available and provide support for our users” Sparrow says. The company has seen huge success, with iPhone owners in particular keen to replace Apple’s native email app on the smartphone, though troubles getting access to iOS’ push service have meant a compromise in the user-experience.
Financial details on the acquisition have not been confirmed, and Google is yet to comment on its plans for 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!
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