Sparrow, the alternative email client who's iOS app has been heralded by many as a welcome improvement on Apple's native one, has just been acquired by Google.

Creator Dom Leca and co. will join the Internet giant to work on, what else, Gmail, but promises Sparrow won't just disappear. Though there won't be any new version of the app, it will continue to be available for download and will continue to receive support, he says. Read Leca's full statement below.

We're excited to announce that Sparrow has been acquired by Google!

We care a lot about how people communicate, and we did our best to provide you with the most intuitive and pleasurable mailing experience.

Now we're joining the Gmail team to accomplish a bigger vision - one that we think we can better achieve with Google.

We'd like to extend a special thanks to all of our users who have supported us, advised us, given us priceless feedback and allowed us to build a better mail application. While we'll be working on new things at Google, we will continue to make Sparrow available and provide support for our users.

We had an amazing ride and can't thank you enough.

[via FWD]