Just four months before Google had bought Bump Technologies, whose popular application allowed smartphone users to share data between devices simply by physically bumping two devices together. Google has now decided to shutdown the file-sharing app Bump, along with the photo-sharing app Flock, by the end of this month.
The search giant had bought Bump technologies app for a deal reportedly worth between $30 million and $60 million. Within no time, Bump became a signature feature of Samsung’s Galaxy S3, pushing Apple to launch a similar feature.
David Lieb, CEO and CO-Founder of Bump had said back in September that the Bump team was joining Google to continue their work of “helping people share and interact with one another using mobile devices.”
In a blog post on the matter, Mr. Lieb mentions that
We are now deeply focused on our new projects within Google, and we’ve decided to discontinue Bump and Flock. On January 31, 2014, Bump and Flock will be removed from the App Store and Google Play. After this date, neither app will work, and all user data will be deleted.
He thanked the loyal user base for their “feedback, enthusiasm and support” over the years, and said that it added meaning to their work.
He further added,”In many ways, Bump was a revolutionary product that inspired many subsequent advances and helped push the world forward. We hope our new creations at Google will do the same.“
Users will be able to export the data at any point in the next 30 days from Bump and Flock, including photos, videos, contacts, etc.
Almost five years back, the Bump app came to surface as a nifty way for smartphone users to share contact information with others simply by tapping devices together. Similarly, Flock had location-sensing technology that was designed to automatically identify and share photos with friends.
Innovative ways of local file transfer has now become an increasingly attractive feature for manufacturers to include in mobile operating systems, especially given the expensive data plan pricing.
Does this come as a surprise? Was anyone still actually using Bump or Flock? What was your experience with these applications? Do let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.