Google drops email client Sparrow for iOS, looks for migration to Inbox

Google drops email client Sparrow for iOS, looks for migration to Inbox
Google has quietly pulled the plug on its Sparrow app for iOS (and Mac). After paying less than $25 million for Sparrow in 2012, Google charged $2.99 for the email client in the Apple App Store. While the wings have been pulled off Sparrow, Google will continue to support it for those who shelled out cash to purchase the app. After its debut, Sparrow become one of the top utility apps for the iOS platform before tumbling to its current position as the 842nd most downloaded iOS app (according to AppAnnie).

Google hopes that those looking for Sparrow, and current users of it, both migrate over to its highly regarded Inbox. The latter is a free app available via invitation only. Inbox helps you sort your Gmail, snooze it and will even allow you to retract a sent email before it is read.

Recently, Google said that 70% of Inbox users are Android owners with 28% rockin' iOS. Google would like to see the usage data broaden out more with more iPhone and iPad users installing the app. You can ask for an Inbox invitation by emailing your request to inbox@google.com.

source: TechCrunch

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7 Comments

1. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3186; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Outlook (Acompli) is the free answer for iOS users. Why would anybody spend $3 on an inferior product, from Google no less.

2. Nabil111

Posts: 105; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

I never understood why someone would pay money for a glorified email client. They pushed that "inbox zero" crap (which is just a method of dealing with emails) like they invented it.

3. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Outlook is still a resource hog, any simple email client would do better.

4. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3186; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

For simple email reading and creating non-descript emails, the default mail client in iOS is sufficient. But tell us, if you had to attach a file other than a photo or attach multiple files of different types, which would you suggest? Go ahead, we'll wait.

5. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Android ASOP email client and Samsung default Email apps. I test the feature set and choose to disable my Gmail App instead. Reason, Gmail support only Gmail account while the email apps support multiple accounts, my Yahoo Account, my Hotmail Account and my Gmail Account all in one small simple app. Downloading and attaching files are expected functionality, surprise you even tout it as a feature. For you information, I work with Exchange and Lync server on a daily basis. But to manage personal email, outlook is an overkill resource hog.

6. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

The gmail app months ago now supports all the other types of email.

7. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3186; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Did you bother to read the article or do you just jump to the comments section to troll? This is for an iOS email client, not Android, not Microsoft, not BlackBerry or any other OS. Read the article, read my posts and then go back to school and get a GED.

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