Sparrow's Mac OS X and iOS apps were among the most-loved email clients on either platform, providing a much better way to use Gmail. On July 20th, Google announced it had acquired the company and hired its team to help develop Gmail. Sparrow also announced that support for its own apps would be waning, however. Will Dom Leca's team bring us a better Gmail, or will we long for the days of Sparrow's simplistic take on email?
Developers weigh in on Google recent acquisition of Sparrow.
While I congratulate the Sparrow team on moving on to bigger and better projects at Google, one thing leaves a bad taste in my mouth: the fact that the Sparrow team is no longer free to build products for itself. When I last spoke at length with Sparrow founder Dom Leca, he told me about how he left a corporate app-developing world to build something he wanted to use. "To build a better mail," he'd say. Each day Leca and friend / colleague Diet Vinh Hoa set out to build an email app they'd want to use.
Our sources familiar with Google's purchase of Sparrow told us the email company was bought for under $25 million and that it will be used to bring "beauty" and polish to Gmail.
Sparrow's Dom Leca just announced that Google has acquired the third party email app company.