Google Acquires Popular iPhone Email App, reMail

Search engine giant Google has acquired the developer firm behind the popular iPhone email search app reMail, which allows users to download and index their emails into the iPhone and perform local searches.

Immediately after announcing the acquisition, Google removed reMail, which often has often been cited as the best email client available for the iPhone, from the iPhone app store.

reMail founder Gabor Cselle, wrote in a blog post that “Google and reMail have decided to discontinue reMail's iPhone application, and we have removed it from the App Store.”

Interestingly, Gabor Cselle has worked previously with Google and will return to the Mountain View headquarters of Google as the product manager for reMail.

According to industry sources, Google plans to merge reMail's local search capabilities with some upcoming Google product, possibly the next version of Android or mobile Google Apps.

The application, which had emerged as a finalist at Microsoft BizSpark Accelerator startup competition, had only enjoyed a glorious six months in app store before decided to remove it from the popular application platform.

reMail was available in a free version limited to one Gmail account and a premium version which can connect to multiple accounts. Existing users of the reMail application will continue to use the application on their iPhones as before.

Our Comments

Interestingly Gabor worked at Xobni before, a useful plugin that index your Outlook PST files and allow you to search through them very quickly. On top of that, Xobni allowed you to organise your contact and social connections. We therefore wonder whether the acquisition of reMail has anything to do with Buzz.

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