Google today acquired Bump, the company behind the mobile sharing app called Bump. The app was the first iPhone app to give users the ability to “bump” phones to exchange files such as photos and contacts. Since its launch in 2008, it has been downloaded more than 100 million times and is now also available for Android. It also works with PCs.
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.
As the message above indicates, the deal includes both Bump and Flock, the newer group photo-sharing app. The iOS versions will continue to be supported “for now,” suggesting that iOS users may have to start thinking about alternatives at some future point.
Terms of the deal were not announced but AllThingsD reports that Google spent at least US$30 million and perhaps as much as US$60 million on the acquisition.