In February, Google acquired the iPhone mail search app reMail--and promptly removed it from the App Store. On Friday, reMail developer Gabor Csell announced that the reMail codebase is now open-source.
reMail provides a blazingly fast, impressively accurate search interface for Gmail and other IMAP e-mail accounts. Or it did, until it was pulled from the store. Now, in theory, reMail--and its powerful functionality--can live again for those not lucky enough to own the app already. Cselle writes that his "hope is that developers interested in making email-related apps can use reMail code as a starting point."
So rather than some dark Google conspiracy to rid iPhone users of the pleasure of reMail, the acquisition was seemingly a talent-focused one, bringing Cselle--a former engineering intern on Gmail--back into the Google fold.
The open-source project is available on Google Code, under the Apache License 2.0.
This story, "ReMail IPhone E-mail Search App Returns as Open Source Code" was originally published by Macworld.