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Google Acquires 3rd-Party iOS Email Service Sparrow

On Friday, Sparrow CEO Dom Leca announced that the company was recently acquired by Google and will be joining the Gmail team to "accomplish a bigger vision." The five-man Sparrow team was considered to be one of the best iPhone developers in the business, providing extremely popular 3rd-party mail applications for the Mac and iPhone. Leca said in a public statement that the team believes it can better achieve a bigger vision with 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," he said. "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."

And although the Sparrow gang will now be rooting for Team Google, Leca said they will continue to make the clients available and provide support for users.

Unnamed sources claim that talks between Sparrow and Google had been taking place for some time. Google reportedly realized that the Paris-based five-man team had a "lot of expertise in how to make mail communication really simple." Eventually the talks led to a supposed $25 million acquisition and a definite move from France to the main Mountain View campus in California.

In addition to the announcement on Friday, the Sparrow team sent out an email to users stating that Sparrow products will not be receiving new features, but will remain on Apple's App Stores for iOS and Mac. It's presumed that some of the work done with the native iPad apps will eventually end up in Gmail -- when that will be is still up in the air at this point.

The Verge points out that the acquisition could make a native Mac Gmail client more of a reality. Sources claim that the acquisition is less about "building for a specific platform," and more about bringing consistency to the Gmail ecosystem. But there's also word that Google isn't ruling out native Gmail clients for platforms beyond iOS and Android, that the company wants more polish, beauty and ease of use to all of its Gmail experiences across platforms.


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