Google Acquires Sparrow To Make Gmail Work Better On Mobile Apps

Posted Jul 20, 2012

Sparrow’s Dom Leca has reported on the Sparrow blog that the company has been acquired by Google.  Sparrow’s team will be rolled into Google’s Gmail division.  Sparrow is known for developing a better Gmail experience on iOS and on the Mac App Store than Google themselves.  Unfortunately, Sparrow apps will no longer receive new features.

“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,” said Leca.

The exact financial details are unknown, but we know that the company sold for under $25 million.  Google said that the 5-person team had a  “lot of expertise in how to make mail communication really simple.”  Google plans on bringing Sparrow’s 5-person team from Paris to their headquarters in Mountain View, California.

Some of the work that Sparrow has done for their native iPad application will likely be seen in future releases of Gmail.