Is Google’s acquisition of Sparrow a good thing for iOS users?

Jul 20, 2012
Tech

Sparrow, one of our favorite email app clients for iOS devices, is now the property of Google. While the sale, which is reportedly for less than $25 million, is assumedly a good thing for Sparrow employees and shareholders, it has mixed results for the rest of us. Future iterations of Gmail on iOS and Macs […]

Sparrow, one of our favorite email app clients for iOS devices, is now the property of Google.

While the sale, which is reportedly for less than $25 million, is assumedly a good thing for Sparrow employees and shareholders, it has mixed results for the rest of us.

Future iterations of Gmail on iOS and Macs will no doubt be improved and “beautified” with help from the Sparrow team. However, the acquisition also means that there will be no more enhancements to Sparrow’s existing applications.

Is Google’s acquisition of Sparrow a net positive or negative for iDevice owners? Let us know.

 

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Brad Spirrison

Brad Spirrison is the managing editor of appoLearning and Appolicious Inc. In this capacity, he has sampled and evaluated thousands of iOS and Android applications. He also holds an M.A. in Education and Media Ecology from New York University.

Spirrison worked in concert with appoLearning Expert and Instructional Technology Specialist Leslie Morris while curating and evaluating educational applications.

A longtime media and technology commentator and executive, Spirrison is also a regular contributor to ABC News, The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Bloomberg West and The Christopher Gabriel Program.

Spirrison is married and lives with his wife and young son in Chicago. As his son was born just weeks before the debut of the iPad, Spirrison takes his work home with him and regularly samples and enjoys a variety of educational applications for young children.

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