Google has just acquired Sparrow – an extremely popular email client for Mac and iOS that offers Gmail integration with multiple accounts, labels, Priority Inbox and a Unified Inbox.
Sparrow’s CEO Dom Leca announced the news on their blog:
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!
We’re quite hopeful that Google will scrap their Gmail app (which is a wrapper around their web app) and instead replace it Sparrow app with push notifications (which has been one of the deal breakers for iOS users to use Sparrow).
Google has issued the following statement to MacStories:
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.
Let’s hope the new project is renaming Sparrow to Gmail app and adding push notifications.