Back in September, Google acquired Bump, the smartphone data-sharing software developer, and now they are shutting it down. Bump’s CEO and Founder, David Lieb, announced in his blog that his two services, Bump and Flock, will be terminated officially on January 31st of this year. The apps will be removed from both the Apple App Store and Google Play, so users have until that time to export all of their data.
Bump was introduced in 2009, allowing smartphone users to share photos and contacts by simply bumping their phones together. Paypal adopted the technology briefly by allowing customers to transfer money via the software. Bump then ventured out with their own mobile payment application, and then released Flock; which was capable of aggregating pictures from various devices into one photo album.
Lieb said that him and his team are “now deeply focused on our new projects with Google.” Big G never taunted Bump as a long term project, so the shutdown isn’t a complete surprise. What may be a little unusual, however is the alacrity in which it occurred. If you use Bump or Flock, make sure to get all of your data from the services and say your goodbyes.