Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 21st Jul 2012 23:06 UTC
In the News Okay, so this is entirely new to me. Sparrow is was an email client for Mac OS X and iOS (and Windows), which brought a decent Gmail experience to these platforms - as opposed to Apple's own not-so-good Gmail support and Google's Gmail iOS application which, well, is just a webpage. Google has now acquired Sparrow, and basically all hell has broken loose, to the point of Rian van der Merwe writing that 'we' lost "faith in a philosophy that we thought was a sustainable way to ensure a healthy future for independent software development, where most innovation happens".
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RE: Comment by Beket_
by sicofante on Tue 24th Jul 2012 22:58 UTC in reply to "Comment by Beket_"
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It's Google's code now so the original developers don't have a word on this.

It's just a guess, but Google is not interested in the desktop app (as a matter of fact they are interested in people NOT using desktop apps to use Gmail) but the iOS port. Of course they are hiring the Sparrow team to improve the mobile Gmail experience, and eventally the web app too. There's no benefit for Google in releasing the code. But again, that's just my guess.

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