Dropbox Snaps Up Mailbox Gmail Client for iPhone

With only a few weeks on the market, the popular iOS email client Mailbox has already found a new home courtesy of Dropbox. There isn't any word on how much Dropbox paid for the Gmail-specific client, but the company did say it plans to keep Mailbox as an independent app.

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Mailbox quickly gained popularity because of its organizational features for Gmail email accounts, but also was a source of frustration because of the slow process for allowing new users access to its features. The company put new users on a waiting list and has been enabling the app for them only after their number comes up, which in many cases has been taking weeks as opposed to hours or days.

The Dropbox team said on their blog,

Like many of you, when we discovered Mailbox we fell in love—it was simple, delightful, and beautifully engineered. Many have promised to help us with our overflowing inboxes, but the Mailbox team actually delivered.

After spending time with Gentry, Scott, and the team, it became clear that their calling was the same as ours at Dropbox—to solve life's hidden problems and reimagine the things we do every day. We all quickly realized that together we could save millions of people a lot of pain.

The Mailbox team will join the Dropbox staff, but will continue to work on their app. Dropbox hasn't said how, or if, they plan to roll any of Mailbox's features into their online storage service.