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Google acquires sharing service Bump

In a short and sweet post on its official blog today, Bump Technologies announced that it has been acquired by Google, effective immediately. Although it may not have been in the news much lately, Bump was one of the original sharing apps that predated things like NFC and Android Beam. It uses a combination of location, Bluetooth and a "bump" of two devices to transfer information between them, but never really expanded to hold onto its household name status.

Although no sale price is given, the team indicates that it "couldn't be more thrilled to join Google" and extends a thank you to everyone who has used Bump's products up to this point. At least for the moment, Bump and Flock (Bump's photo service) (opens in new tab) will continue to work "for now" — but we wouldn't hold our breath that they'll be around long.

Source: Bump Blog

Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.

20 Comments
  • Cross platform would be ideal...
  • +1 Posted via Android Central App
  • Bump currently works on both iOS and Android. The share feature on ES File Explorer works better but Bump is easier to setup and use.
  • Google working to secure more patents! We will see how this plays out. Posted via Android Central App
  • How else could it play out? Google will take their property and keep others from using it. I wish phone devs and manufacturers would get together and make a super device at the end of every year, that had within it, the best tech that the PLANET had to offer. I think it's stupid for companies to compete on such a petty level when we would all benefit from the removal of tech "kok-blocking." Imagine a fingerprint scanning power button, on a Note 3, with front facing stereo speakers, dual membrane microphone, and a 41MP camera that came in a variety of materials, screen sizes, and colors. Who wouldn't buy that? Our tech would grow exponentially if the minds who brought us our devices had every toy in the toy box to play with. I wish the bottom line was creating the best that the human mind could think up, instead of money; such wasted potential.
  • "Who wouldn't buy that?" Everyone who doesn't want to spend $1,000+ on a phone.
  • Lost me and many millions at Note 3. There s a reason its a great selling niche device. Niche being the key word. Has no sales compared to the gs4. Posted via Android Central App
  • Why Note 3 size? Not everyone wants that big of a phone. 5 inch or less is cool. Posted via Android Central App
  • "Who wouldn't buy that?" Most people who don't want a massive ugly phablet. Posted via Android Central App
  • wow. this is a huge deal. google is going to tear it up with all mobile communications.
  • Love Bump. Still easier to use for my family than Android Beam, since my nephew had to be difficult and get an iPhone. And the cool thing about Bump was you can connect with more than just phones and tablets, you can connect with computers too. I'm thinking Google is going to build on Bump's tech and go for the next level of syncing and device switching. Imagine not having to use a computer to transfer your whole cell phone to another brand new one.
  • Lol, your nephew was difficult. I understand that feeling. Posted from the old Google Nexus 7 via Android Central App
  • A person hasn't had to use a computer for that in a long time. Just fyi Posted via Android Central App
  • Some of us that aren't that tech-savvy (me not included, but the wife....yes) still manually backs up their phone on their laptop with Kies, because "they don't trust that cloud thingy". She doesn't want her phone rooted either because she can't watch BrightHouse cable on her phone if it's rooted (stupid BrightHouse).
  • I'm going to be so pissed off IOS support falls off. One of the easiest ways to transfer from iPhone to android Posted via Android Central App
  • I don't think it will fall off. In fact, If they enhance the software, I think that it will be a bigger selling point of Android phones. They can market it like: "Moving to android has never been simpler, and if you don't like it, move back the way you came."
  • Google are pretty good at supporting iOS, look at all their apps that work brilliantly with iOS. If anyone is going to be difficult it will be Apple. Posted via Android Central App
  • Used to bump for the first time today, to transfer my contacts from one phone to another because all the other options ended up to be such a pain in the ass. So easy, loved it. Posted from my moto x
  • Maybe they'll incorporate this into NFC/Beam to work better and compete with iOS iBeacon. Posted via Android Central App
  • Good move Google. I think this is a way to brand sharing data like Sbeam for Samsung devices. And they have to keep iOS support that makes money. Google is trying to take over the world regardless of what OS you use Posted via Android Central App