Google bought "Sparrow," the company behind the popular iOS and OS X email client. "Now we're joining the Gmail team to accomplish a bigger vision -- one that we think we can better achieve with Google," the Sparrow CEO Dom Leca, team wrote on their web site.
We're excited to announce that Sparrow has been acquired by Google! Read more here: sprw.me-- SparrowMail (@sparrow) July 20, 2012
Sparrow says its applications will continue to be available for the time being. However, according to an email the company sent to its users, we won't see any updates to the apps anytime soon -- as the email states,
"However, as we'll be busy with new projects at Google, we do not plan to release new features for the Sparrow apps. Sparrow will, however, continue to provide support and critical updates to [its] users."
Here is the full email:
We're excited to let you know that Sparrow has been acquired by Google! You can view our public announcement here, but I wanted to reach out directly to make sure you were aware of the news.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.
It's been an honor and a pleasure to build products for all of our wonderful users who have supported us over the years. We can't thank you enough.
We look forward to working on some new and exciting projects at Google!
A Google spokesperson issued the following statement:
"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."
Google is also quoted as saying to continue support Sparrow's current user-base and providing essential app updates.
The deal is reported to be under $25 million.