Sparrow Acquired by Google

My favorite email client for Mac and iOS has been acquired by Google. From Dom Leca, CEO of Sparrow:

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.

First, It’s appropriate to say congratulations to the Sparrow team. They’ve created an outstanding product—one I use regularly on my Mac and iPhone. This pay-off is well deserved.

I am concerned, however, about the email I received from Sparrow regarding their acquisition. In it Leca explains:

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.

Bummer. It looks like Sparrow will remain as-is indefinitely. As a user, I can’t say that I’m too excited to hear that.

That said, I look forward to seeing the fruit that comes from the Sparrow team’s new home with Google.

July 20, 2012