Sparrow Email Mac And iOS App Acquired By Google, No Plans To Release New Features

Sparrow Email Mac And iOS App Acquired By Google, No Plans To Release New Features

Sparrow has joined Apple’s arch-rival.

Popular third-party email client Sparrow has announced that it has been acquired by Google. The iPhone and Mac app will remain unchanged, but all development of new features has been discontinued.  Sparrow has promised to continue supporting its user base as it transitions into becoming part of the Google family.

Google will merge the talented team at Sparrow with the Gmail team.

Sparrow CEO Dom Leca announced the news today:

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!

Google has provided the following statement on the acquisition:

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.

Sparrow has long been considered the staple third-party email app for Mac and iOS. The company launched their Mac client as a public beta in October 2010, and an iPhone version was released back in March of this year. Over the last few months, the developers of Sparrow have been building the Mac app up with features like POP support, enhanced customizability, Retina graphics, and OS X Mountain Lion support.

Sparrow Email Mac And iOS App Acquired By Google, No Plans To Release New Features

In an email to its user base, Sparrow has said that it will stop working on the development of new features:

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.

An iPad version of Sparrow has been in development for months, but it looks like the app will never see the light of day.

The Sparrow team is now looking forward to “working on some new and exciting projects at Google.” At least Google’s Gmail app will get better.

Update: The Verge has some details on the deal:

The talks have been ongoing for a while; Sparrow was well known, and our source said Google recognized that the five-person-team had a “lot of expertise in how to make mail communication really simple.” While we couldn’t get an exact number, we’re told that Sparrow was acquired for under $25 million, and that there wasn’t a bidding war surrounding the purchase. While our source couldn’t specify a timeline, the goal is to get the Paris-based Sparrow team in-house on the main Mountain View campus.

  • Cephas

    Was going to get Sparrow.

    Nevermind.

  • shad0ws

    yeah, there goes the neighborhood.

    the point of having Sparrow in the first place is that Google can’t come up with a decent interface on its own (see also: Gmail app for iOS). unless they happen to keep things EXACTLY as they are with the current dev team & don’t try to add “improvements,” Sparrow just became worthless.

  • ReliStuPhDStud

    Especially d-bag move by them this past weekend to hold a sale to get new customers, all the while they knew they were in talks with Google.

  • Zeteboy

    Just deleted it from my mac and iPhone.

  • thegraphicmac

    I don’t blame them for taking what I’m sure was a decent amount of cash and riding off into the sunset at Google. But I think it sucks that Google won’t release the code into open source if they have no plans to continue development.

    It’s stuff like this that makes me wary of purchasing any software not made by large developers who are well-established on their own.

  • dieselmaniac

    Seriously?? That’s disappointing. I downloaded Sparrow for my Mac and iPhone when they ran the sale. Well, will just have to delete then..

  • MacHead84

    I love this for so many reasons! One, CoM will finally stop pimping this app day in and day out. Two, Gmail App will improve. Three, Third Party Email services are just bad ideas! Bring on the down votes! I couldnt careless because this is outstanding!

  • lowtolerance

    I bought the OS X version of Sparrow just a few days ago on sale, and I bought the iOS version when it was on sale a few weeks back, after they promised push email was coming, one way or the other. I think their exact words were “Push is coming. With or without Apple.”

    Strong words for a company looking to make a quick cash grab before selling out. Dick move, guys.

  • jtdesigns

    Sparrow – Your true colors have been uncovered. Run a sale on iTunes and then a huge #sellout to the devil. Very very shady business practice.

    Take your millions and go for a long walk off a short cliff.

  • David Edwards

    I bought the Sparrow for Mac when it first came out, mainly because of Cult Of Mac’s review. And I loved it! I also bought the iPhone version when they had the sale a week or two ago. No more updates? Great. Nice knowing you Sparrow.

    *Just deleted Sparrow.

  • Demonstr8r

    Let’s see Google buys a company that is only making app for Apple devices. Could it be that Google decidacquire quite Sparrow before Apple did?

  • Sean Liu

    Hope this means the Gmail app for iOS will improve. It’s full featured, but much too slow.

  • Steven Skwarkowski

    This is great….all the iTards are crying. Fucking love it!!!

  • Guest

    I have always been faithful to default Mail app so this doesn’t affect me at all.

  • Triciaqrn

    as Joan said I am dazzled that any one can get paid $5490 in a few weeks on the computer. did you see this site link(Click on menu Home more information) http://goo.gl/JyWRI

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