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Google acquires Sparrow. No more new features to Sparrow iOS.

Google acquires Sparrow. No more new features to Sparrow iOS.

As a huge advocate of Sparrow for iOS and the Mac OS X platform, I am excited for what’s to come for Gmail with the addition of the Sparrow team but also sadden that Sparrow won’t be receiving any new features for the foreseeable future.

Google and Sparrow’s CEO Dom Leca has announced that Sparrow is now acquired by Google to join it’s Gmail development team and that they are very excited on what they can bring to Gmail.

Sparrow’s CEO Dom Leca’s Letter

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!

Dom Leca

Recently reported by The Verge’s Thomas Houston, Sparrow’s CEO Dom Leca tells us that current Sparrow apps will no longer receive new features.

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.

Reports are saying the purchase price of Sparrow is $25 million however nothing has been confirmed yet by Google or Sparrow.

Google does have a history of acquiring big and small companies and bringing it to the ground. Hopefully Gmail for iOS can be improved with the addition of the Sparrow team.

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