It’s only been a month since the Mailbox app hit Apple’s App Store, but it’s already receive rave reviews for its simplicity, design and functionality. Needless to say, it caught the eyes of some big players, one of whom was Dropbox. The two companies [Dropbox and Mailbox] announced today that Dropbox would acquire Mailbox and its 14 employees, who will still run the Mailbox app as a separate entity, but that Dropbox would integrate some of the technology from Mailbox into their Dropbox service.
“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.” – Drew Houston
Currently, Mailbox is still using a reservation system, forcing users to wait in a virtual line before they can use the app, even after downloading to their device. Another issue that wasn’t discussed, is whether or not this merger would require an Android version of the Mailbox app. If Dropbox—which is on both iOS and Android (the big two)—plans to incorporate Mailbox into its app, will Android users be left out in the cold?
With increased competition from other cloud storage companies like Box, SugarSync, Google Drive, SkyDrive and iCloud (among others), Dropbox needed to find a way to differiantiate themselves from the heard. Now with their own email app, they’ll be able to make an all in one service for storage, backup, and sending large files effortlessly.
Here’s the official statement from both of the DropBox founders:
Posted by Drew and Arash on March 15, 2013
Today we’re really excited to welcome the Mailbox team to Dropbox.
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.
Dropbox doesn’t replace your folders or your hard drive: it makes them better. The same is true with Mailbox, it doesn’t replace your email: it makes it better. Whether it’s your Dropbox or your Mailbox, we want to find ways to simplify your life.
We’re all looking forward to making Mailbox even better and getting it into as many people’s hands as possible. There’s so much to do and we’re excited to get started!