Google Buys Mail Client Sparrow, Days Before iPad Launch

Sparrow has flown the coop! Sparrow, the popular mail client, was set to launch for the iPad in the near future, but it looks like that may not happen now.

This morning, Google snapped up Sparrow in a surprising move, because Sparrow has always been designed exclusively for Apple products.

Sparrow will not remain an independent product, according to Sparrow CEO Dom Leca, who says the Sparrow team will be joining Gmail. Here’s his message on the Sparrow homepage:

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!

Dom Leca

If you are unfamiliar with Sparrow, it’s a popular alternative to Apple’s Mail application. Sparrow has a devout following thanks to its simplified, intuitive interface and social network tie-ins.

It’s unclear what will happen to Sparrow on iOS, but for those of us who use Google’s Gmail, this is fantastic news. I’m excited to see how Sparrow will be incorporated into Gmail, and it could result in some great updates to the email site.

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