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Google Buys reMail iPhone App, Takes it Off Apple

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Google's been on somewhat of a spending spree as of late and this week, the company continues its shopping binge with the acquisition of reMail, a company responsible for an email search application for the iPhone.

For those of you who haven't heard of reMail, it's basically an iPhone app that downloads all your mail to your phone to provide offline search for mail. Though it sounds daunting, the reMail team can reportedly squish 100,000 emails into 500 megabytes, which is just a sliver of the space on your phone. A search through the iPhone's mail app might take 10 seconds but reMail can perform the same search in just two so you can imagine how useful it was for people who had ponied up the cash for it.

While financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed, it looks like Google first and foremost wanted reMail removed from the App Store. reMail CEO Gabor Cselle blogged about the acquisition and informed users that he would be taking up residence as product manager on the Gmail team. Cselle detailed that he and the team at Google had "decided to discontinue reMail's iPhone application." reMail is no longer available from the App Store.

So, who wants to bet we'll see reMail for Android in the very near future?

reMail Demo

Read Cselle's full post here.

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    Spanky Deluxe , February 18, 2010 1:24 PM
    Looks like the dark side of Google is beginning to show.
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    cryogenic , February 18, 2010 1:54 PM
    So Apple's fiercest competitor is not Microsoft, it's Google! Go figure!
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    marcusmurphy , February 18, 2010 3:37 PM
    bustaprGoogle: "Apple, your apps are belong to us!"

    The correct connotation would be:

    All your app are belong to us!
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    mfarrukh , February 18, 2010 1:13 PM
    Looks Positive
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    theuerkorn , February 18, 2010 1:16 PM
    Great for Google and remail, I guess. Bad move though to discontinue support and have users stranded. I know MS wouldn't get away with it and Apple would get lots of hate mail too. Let's hope Google stays sane. Seems like they're going the wrong way. (Just when I started to think about Android to be on my next phone.)
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    Spanky Deluxe , February 18, 2010 1:24 PM
    Looks like the dark side of Google is beginning to show.
  • 7 Hide
    dman3k , February 18, 2010 1:28 PM
    An eye for an eye makes the world go blind. But Apple is blind to begin with.
  • 17 Hide
    cryogenic , February 18, 2010 1:54 PM
    So Apple's fiercest competitor is not Microsoft, it's Google! Go figure!
  • 6 Hide
    deadlockedworld , February 18, 2010 2:09 PM
    Email search is what google does best... its only natural that they wouldnt want competitors doing it.
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    bustapr , February 18, 2010 2:45 PM
    Wow, Google has done a better job destroying Apple in the past months (or even weeks)than Microsoft in 15 years. The end of the iPhone era is coing very quickly.
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    d-block , February 18, 2010 2:47 PM
    take that apple!
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    bustapr , February 18, 2010 3:17 PM
    Google: "Apple, your apps are belong to us!"
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    marcusmurphy , February 18, 2010 3:37 PM
    bustaprGoogle: "Apple, your apps are belong to us!"

    The correct connotation would be:

    All your app are belong to us!
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    the_krasno , February 18, 2010 3:53 PM
    Spanky DeluxeLooks like the dark side of Google is beginning to show.


    Dark? They are doing this in retaliation for all their apps that were banned from the app store! I support google in this decision, Apple shouldn't get away with their arbitrary anti competitive bullshit!
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    tayb , February 18, 2010 4:06 PM
    500MB is a sliver? My phone has 8GB of space and only 7.08GB is actually available to me. 500MB is 14% of all available space on the device; that's hardly a sliver.
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    sliem , February 18, 2010 4:36 PM
    Cant anyone else make similar program, then Google would have to buy THAT one too. Lol.
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    rdwestgate , February 18, 2010 4:38 PM
    But do you have a 100,000 emails in you directory that was the ratio, 100,000 to 500mb.
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    ominous prime , February 18, 2010 4:52 PM
    The plot thickens..
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    sp991 , February 18, 2010 5:05 PM
    I think this move is bordering on evil. It's at least hateful.

    But I'm not dissing Google. I think it is a good business strategy move.
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    grieve , February 18, 2010 7:59 PM
    Perhaps Google just wants the ReMail technologie to implement into Gmail?
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    climber , February 18, 2010 8:02 PM
    This is no different than when Nvidia bought Aegia for the PhysX technology. I think it's retaliation for Apple pulling Google off the default search for the Safari browser in Macs, iPods and iPhones. There are always consequences in life for each decision made. Both parties will live or not live with the decisions.
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    m-manla , February 18, 2010 8:05 PM
    Google vs. Apple. This thing is getting ugly real quick.
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    btk1w1 , February 18, 2010 8:07 PM
    Today one iPhone app... tomorrow world domination!!!

    Mwahaaahaahaaa............
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