Google stumps up for Bump - Mobile World Live

Google stumps up for Bump

17 SEP 2013

Google has acquired Bump Technologies, the maker of file sharing apps Bump and Flock.

Bump allows smartphone users to share data with other smartphones and PCs by tapping them together, while Flock uses location information to create photo albums that can be shared with nearby friends.

David Lieb, CEO and co-founder of Bump Technologies, said both apps will continue to work in the same way, with future updates likely. He added that the company’s mission is “to build the simplest tools for sharing the information you care about with other people and devices”.

“The Bump team has demonstrated a strong ability to quickly build and develop products that users love, and we think they’ll be a great fit at Google,” a Google spokeswoman told the Wall Street Journal.

Terms of the deal have not been disclosed although a source told AllThingsD that the acquisition cost Google at least $30 million.

Apple is reportedly due to release a similar file-sharing technology called AirDrop in the next few days while Samsung offers an app similar to Bump called S Beam on some of its devices.

Newer versions of Google’s Android mobile OS offers a feature called Beam which allows data — such as bookmarks, contact information, directions and YouTube videos — to be transferred between smartphones using NFC to pair the devices. However the service is limited as NFC is not supported by all smartphones.

Investors that have supported Bump include venture capital firms Andreesen Horowitz and Sequoia Capital.

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