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Google acquires IOS and OS X email client Sparrow

To boost Gmail
Mon Jul 23 2012, 10:49
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SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Google has acquired IOS and OS X email client Sparrow for an undisclosed amount.

Sparrow works on Iphone and Ipad devices and Mac computers, using simplified interfaces of Twitter clients such as Tweetie or IOS apps as opposed to more traditional email style applications such as Apple Mail or Mozilla Thunderbird.

Specifics of how Google will use Sparrow have yet to be announced but it is thought that the client will help boost its Gmail service and see an improved native email client to compete with Apple Mail.

A Google spokesperson told The INQUIRER, "The Sparrow team has always put their users first by focusing on building a seamlessly simple and intuitive interface for their email client.

"We look forward to bringing them aboard the Gmail team, where they'll be working on new projects."

Sparrow's CEO Dom Leca said on the firm's web site on Friday, "We're excited to announce that Sparrow has been acquired by Google! Now we're joining the Gmail team to accomplish a bigger vision, one that we think we can better achieve with Google."

Though the company said it will be working on new things at Google, it also promised that it "will continue to make Sparrow available and provide support for users".

However, on its Itunes Store listing, Sparrow said that there will be no further updates to its email client, apart from maintenance and bug fixes.

Google posted a 35 per cent increase in revenue on Friday, with a profit of $3.44bn in the three months ending 30 June, surpassing analysts' expectations. µ


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