Google acquires Sparrow, halts development on iOS and Mac apps

By Jos · 10 replies
Jul 20, 2012
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  1. Email startup Sparrow has been acquired by Google. The company's CEO Dom Leca announced the news on the company's site and Twitter account this morning, saying that the team behind the popular iOS and Mac email client will be joining……

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  2. Defeat competition by buying them out. Nice.
  3. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,352   +293

    It's been the way of the tech world for as long as I can remember (and even more so lately). Bill "If you can't beat them buy them" Gates was an early master at the tactic...
  4. Jos

    Jos TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 3,073   +97

    The functionality will probably be folded into the official Gmail app for iOS so it's not like they are abandoning the platform altogether. But it'd still suck for existing Sparrow users if they start to prioritize Android development going forward.

    Also, I wonder if they'll maintain the option to add email accounts besides Gmail.
  5. mario

    mario Ex-TS Developer Posts: 399   +17

  6. ReederOnTheRun

    ReederOnTheRun TS Booster Posts: 304   +62

    I can't imagine they wouldn't let you use other emails. If they did that all it would do is make a bad name for Google. And it isn't THAT bad for current Sparrow users. Like the article said, "the team behind Sparrow will continue to make their existing apps available and provide support as well as critical updates to our users". The only difference is that they are going to build up the android version to where they are on iOS before adding new features.
  7. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    Google makes money on ads in Gmail and other such services. I can't begin to guess at motives, but I figure they're more likely to make money if they keep as many users as they can, rather than forcing people to move to another e-mail provider out of anger. But then who knows?
  8. Rippleman

    Rippleman TS Evangelist Posts: 814   +371

    "Email startup Sparrow"? I have only started to use IOS in the past year, isn't this the same company for the last 5 years? hardly technically a "start-up" anymore.

    (tried goggling it with no success)
  9. Jesse

    Jesse TS Evangelist Posts: 358   +42

    Rippleman, the article states that the company launched in February 2011...
  10. Rippleman

    Rippleman TS Evangelist Posts: 814   +371

    Opps... Was confused since I think my friend who had an iPhone way back still had the same UI. Figured same company (or division of).
  11. RajeGera

    RajeGera TS Rookie Posts: 50

    Creativity is again sold to big daddys.It will be interesting to see how sparrow helps gmail in gaining bigger market.

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