The company responsible for Sparrow, the up-start email application for iOS and Mac, has been acquired by Google. Sparrow made news when the app ran afoul with Apple’s App Store approval team for using an unapproved API in order to provide push email support. The company since promised push through a yearly subscription plan. It’s unclear how the apps will be affected after the acquisition by Google.
Update: We received the following email from Sparrow. The key part being, “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.”
In a letter to customers, Sparrow’s CEO Dom Leca wrote,
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!
With the resources of Google, maybe we’ll see push sooner than later. It will be interesting to see how Sparrow finds its way into Google’s mail apps.