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.