Google buys mobile sharing app Bump

By , Sep 16, 2013

Bump for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)

In the early days of the App Store, Bump was a popular way to exchange photos, links and other items between iPhone owners, augmented by the fact that iOS to date doesn’t support standard Bluetooth file sharing.

Six years later, we have AirDrop as the preferred method of beaming documents, images and just about anything between nearby iOS 7 device.

Be that as it may, if an Android-toting friend asks you politely to wirelessly transfer a photo you took with your iPhone – or a contact card or perhaps a location – over to his device, the cross-platform Bump app is still the best solution.

To all the fans of the software out there:  I hope you won’t mind that Google has now snapped up Bump Technologies and its namesake app for an undisclosed sum – the search monster’s first acquisition since it paid $1 billion for Waze back in June…

Bump CEO and co-founder David Lieb broke the news, writing in a company blog post he “couldn’t be more thrilled to join Google”. His entire team will be coming aboard at Google and both the Bump and Flock app will continue to work as they always have – “for now”.

Although the post doesn’t reveal the value of the transaction, it’s worth pointing out that Bump raised nearly $20 million in years past. Its investors included the unavoidable Marc Andreessen along with the usual suspects: Sequoia Capital, Y Combinator, SV Angel, Sherpalo and Felicia.

I’m not sure I like the sound of “for now” and the “stay tuned for future updates” part gives me plenty of reasons to believe that Google might shut down the software and fold its file sharing features into Android.

“Our mission at Bump has always been to build the simplest tools for sharing the information you care about with other people and devices,” the post reads. “We strive to create experiences that feel like magic, enabled behind the scene with innovations in math, data processing, and algorithms”.

Download Bump free from the App Store.

Note to Google: leave my apps alone!

Are you sad to see Bump acquired by Google?

If you’ve been an avid user, what’s your experience with the software been like so far?

I have Bump on my iPhone and have only used it a few times, really.

If I’m at a party with friends who have non-iPhone devices and they need something kept on my device, I just email it to them.

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  • Kevin Osborne

    This is terrible. It all started, for me, with Meebo. :( They just buy everything and make it suck or shut it down, or combine it with their own things and leave everything good out of it. Stick to e-mail and search. You don’t see Mario Andretti taking up basketball. Be the best and what you do and stop trying to do everything.

  • Danuel Carr

    So does the app give you the ability to do that bump-to-share thing? Because if so, I find it pretty hilarious that we had it first.

    • Joseph

      It’s cross-platform, actually.

      • Danuel Carr

        Ha! And they accuse us of stealing ideas from devs.

      • Joseph

        Considering a lot of stuff from Apple is from jailbreak devs…

      • Danuel Carr

        Those are the devs I was referring to.

  • omrishtam

    R.I.P Bump…. :( i loved that app….

    • Joseph

      Did they say they would shut it down? I kind of skimmed the article. I don’t think this is what Google would do, though, since they already have their own apps published on iOS, and it’s not like they want the feature to be exclusive; if they wanted do, there’s Android Beam and they’d shut down Bump on all platforms.

  • bloodshed

    lol note to google is the best part

  • jocastro

    figures they would buy them out

  • Mohammed Sahib

    I still keep the old version of bump which can share songs from my music library on my iPhone.

    • Kevin Osborne

      Me too.

    • disqus_HYaXrnriLr

      You should link a cracked version. Tough time finding that app version.

      • Mohammed Sahib

        I have a legit version that I downloaded form the app store, and I am not even jailbroken. So, sorry can’t help you.

      • 40niners

        whats the version number??

      • Mohammed Sahib

        I think it is 3.5.7 but I’m not sure.

  • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

    Lol, barely ever used that app since I jailbroke, thanks to AirBlue Sharing; same thing, just more flexible range of devices supported.…

    Would be pretty cool if the already outstanding “Send this page to your mobile” feature gets replaced with a “bump this page to your mobile” feature. Looking forward to see what Google makes out this…

  • Lawry

    We can share any file with any wifi enabled device with iFile…..I uninstalled bump when the music sharing option was removed after i mistakely updated the app

    • seyss

      probability of your recipient to have iFile installed: 0.05%

      • Lawry

        There is no need for iFile to be there in the recievers mobile, just let the receiver activate the wifi hotspot from his mobile then u get connected with his hotspot an open ur iFile and click the webserver icon, then on the receivers mobile open a browser with the port number

      • seyss

        kinda complicated but great info anyways

      • Lawry

        Try it, its simple :)

  • seyss

    Terrible. Google is evil. Bump is already crap, imagine what google will do to it.

    The very first thing Google did to Waze after buying it is keeping your GPS hardware on draining your battery even after you entered Sleep mode.

  • Glorin

    GOOGLE: AIRDROP, HERE WE COME… SOON NEAR YOU ON A BRAND NEW ANDROID DEVISE.. (carriers to be announced)

    • Joseph

      It’s called Android Beam, and it’s been a part of Android for ages. Keep up.

      • Glorin

        butt hurt? …..flawless Airdrop.

      • Joseph

        You’ve obviously never tried Android Beam. (:

  • Dan

    Yaay now all Android users can touch there phones together. lol….sounds kinda gay.

  • Patrick

    damn bump will have to be deleted now, cant wait for IOS 7 and airdrop feature on the spanking new 5s:)!!!

  • Hateful Grandpa

    What is going to happen to iOS apps using the Bump API? Any guesses?