Google acquires third party iOS email client Sparrow

Ian Hardy

July 20, 2012 1:44pm

Third party email client Sparrow is used by millions and was swallowed up today by Google. Rumours are that the acquisition cost was just under $25 million. Currently Sparrow has an app for Mac and iOS, really only on the iPhone, but they’ll be releasing an iPad app shortly.

On the company blog today Dom Leca, CEO of Sparrow, stated that “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.”

There is no info of what this bigger vision is or what the integration of Sparrow will be in GMail or Android, but in an email to Sparrow users Leca noted that “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 last line being key to current Sparrow users – it’s staying the same.

Source: Sparrow
Via: The Verge

  • jonny

    Wow, Sparrow got lucky! There is no way an email client is worth 25 million. Email clients are so easy to write, and google could have created one for significantly less.

    The inflated money would have been for the client base and the fact that its an apple product, and Google wants to get their fingers in Apple.

    • GuiSim

      If you’ve ever used IMAP and connected to GMail, you’d know that it’s not as simple as you might think.

    • GuiSim

      (And I don’t mean using a desktop application, I mean writing an actual client)

  • CaptainJackSparrow


  • Derp

    ^ Loser

  • Rip

    There you go, as time goes by there is less and less time for Google and the others to buy RIM!

  • Tom

    I suppose this means that there is no hope that they will release an iPad ready Sparrow App!

    I love this program, best email client on my Mac ever and I have been using the iPhone App on my iPad for months waiting for it to grow up.


    • Josh

      The article specifically states the upcoming release of an iPad app…

    • isdfoa

      ofcourse they’re gonna make an iPad app! Google is NOT Apple, where all their software only works on Android devices. And being a software company it benefits them to get their software available to all customers.

  • Bren

    I think this is an acknowledgement that there is no “outstanding” email app for Android. If they can’t write one, they will buy one. Really that is the only superior feature of BB and Google is going to rectify that.

  • Toto23

    proud or Sparrow, French startup of 5 employees, getting a free ticket to go live in California