Google acquires the French startup Sparrow (update)

by bold-lichterman

Founded in March 2010 by Dominique Leca, and Viet Hoa DINH Sparrow is positioned between traditional mail clients, such as the “Mail” application on Mac OS for example, and a notification application similar to a Twitter client. The inspiration is clear: to bring to the desktop an application incorporating the advantages of simplicity of a mobile application. The application is initially a Gmail client on Imap support that can be easily declined to access other messaging.

For once, Google acquires a French company, financed by Kima Ventures the bottom of Xavier Niel and Jérémie Berrebi. No details have yet been given on the terms of the acquisition.

We met Dominique Leca a year ago who introduced us to Sparrow:

Update: Dominique Leca provided some details on the future of Sparrow. The team will integrate the one in charge of Gmail, and in fact will stop developing applications for Mac OS and iOS.

“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.

According to The Verge, Google would have acquired for nearly 25 million dollars.