Sparrow and Google

Those of you dreaming of a better Android e-mail client might one day get your wish -- Google has acquired Sparrow. Sparrow's been an iOS/OSX staple, and we can only hope it'll bring its talents to Android, along with Gmail at large. 

Writes Sparrow:

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're still way early into this one, but this much is clear: This is nothing but good for Gmail, and here's to hoping Android gets a boost as well.

Update: Our pals at, who have a good bit more experience with Sparrow, have penned a few thoughts. Read them here.

Source: Sparrow


Reader comments

Google snags e-mail genius Sparrow


Sparrow is a really well done and simple email client. The iOS app is actually really solid with some good use of swipe for managing and navigating. Looking forward to hopefully seeing some of those features in upcoming Gmail releases on Android.

I had no idea what Sparrow was, so I followed the links provided above and came to this comment: "Sparrow for iPhone is an email client that offers many more features than Apple's built in Mail app such as the ability to add attachments when composing a message."

hahahahahaha The built-in app doesn't even let you ADD ATTACHMENTS!? Wow. I almost expected it to follow that up with "...and type text into the body of your email."

Android FTW.

I know right? This makes me laugh, but then it also frustrates me when I hear ignorance about how iOS is "superior" to Android. It is so incredibly, god-awfully inferior that it makes my brain hurt to think about it. And with Jelly Bean, Android is now just as fast as well.

Game over.

Why is that so hard to believe? There are a lot of people that dislike Google as much as many here dislike Apple.

Before you start spreading this mythology.... It's not like iOS mail client dont have adding attachments at all. Because each application is closed to is own file system where they keep documents and other files and there no central file system avable to the user, developer of a app that contains a file, need to make email attaching. + iOS mail client can normaly attach images in photo libery.

Loool. Just when iOS users were starting to love the app and replace them as their main :O

This is interesting considering how much Apple users enjoy this app. Hope Apple doesn't buy SwiftKey to strike back lol

Lol thats only if Apple could accept the idea that their precious keyboard is flawed or of using someone else's code

Just read the same announcement over at the verge,where instead of the calm considered comments that are here, the ios fanboys are having a cryfest. It looks like the same cretins that made the fuss when instagram released an android app...Some really over the top reactions...

The "cryfest" is over the comments that they will not be adding any new features going forward. I would say that is a fair reason to be upset.

Lol, the pod people are gonna be butthurt. It's not much unlike Apple acquiring Chomp and then discontinuing the Android version. Payback is a bitch.

My guess is that this will ultimately lead to 1.) a better Gmail app on iOS and 2.) a stand alone Gmail app for OS X.

Hmmmm i don't think so, thru they got seperate app for Android they tend to prefer users to use there web UI via chrome app system :p But who knows

So what does that mean for Gmail (Android)? I heard current app will not have any new features added...

I dont understand the iOutcry from iOS users. Contrary to Apple, Google makes it's products available to all platforms.
Every platform will end up getting an app that will have the same user experience as sparrow. If not the same app, then something similar and probably for free.
iOs users dont get this because Apple is not in the habit of sharing.