Bump, one of the most downloaded iOS app on the App Store, has been acquired by Google for “at least” $30 million. The app, available on iOS and Android, lets users share files, contacts, photos etc. by simply bumping their phones, much before NFC became popular.
The app has been on the iOS App Store since its early days in 2008, and has been downloaded more than a 100 million times. Over the course of these years, Bump also released a dedicated photo-sharing app called Flock.
We’re excited to announce that the Bump team is joining Google!
Our mission at Bump has always been to build the simplest tools for sharing the information you care about with other people and devices. We strive to create experiences that feel like magic, enabled behind the scene with innovations in math, data processing, and algorithms. So we couldn’t be more thrilled to join Google, a company that shares our belief that the application of computing to difficult problems can fundamentally change the way that we interact with one another and the world.
Bump and Flock will continue to work as they always have for now; stay tuned for future updates.
We’d like to extend a special thank you to all of you who have used our products so far. It continues to be a pleasure to serve you, and your feedback and evangelism inspire us every day.
Google hasn’t laid out its reasons for acquiring Bump, but it could be related to the company’s unsuccessful venture into NFC, or related to its social product Google+ which could benefit from an app like Flock.
While Bump was quite popular in the early days of the App Store, it isn’t as popular today, and it’ll only go down the charts once iOS 7′s AirDrop becomes available publicly. More so, since AirDrop’s sharing mechanism is much more comfortable than awkwardly bumping two devices.
Do you actively use Bump today? If so, what do you think about the acquisition?