Google Acquires Sparrow

Sparrow is one of the more popular third-party email applications for the iPhone and Mac. Now, they are joining Google after being acquired for an undisclosed sum. The Verge reports that the applications will no-longer receive features updates and it’s possible that an in-development iPad app won’t be released.

However, here’s to hoping this acquisition significantly improves not only Google’s Gmail apps for mobile devices, but the web interface and potential desktop clients as well. With this purchase and the recent purchase of Quick Office, I sense Google is trying to build its own Office suite to compete with Microsoft — as a hosted solution to sell to businesses.

The million dollar question that hasn’t been answered is: did Google buy Sparrow to take a great Gmail app off iOS or to make its native iOS Gmail app better? [via 9to5Mac]

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