Posted 01/02/2014 at 10:22 AM
Posted 4 years ago
When mobile startup Bump – creator of the file-sharing app of the same name – announced on its official blog back in September that it had been purchased by Google, the future of the app that had brought the company the majority of its success immediately looked bleak. A few months down the line and the inevitable has happened – Google is shutting down the service.
The app, which allows users to exchange information simply by tapping two phones together, will be discontinued along with the company’s photo-aggregating app Flock, with both being pulled from their respective Google and Apple app stores on January 31.
“We are now deeply focused on our new projects within Google, and we’ve decided to discontinue Bump and Flock,” Bump co-founder and CEO David Lieb wrote in a blog post.
After deletion, both Bump and Flock will cease to work and all data will be deleted. If you are a user of either app, you have a few weeks to export your data by following the in-app instructions. All photos, videos, contacts and other data will then be sent to you by email.
“Over the years, we’ve been inspired and humbled by the millions of people who have used Bump and Flock,” wrote Lieb. “Your feedback, enthusiasm, and support has brought much meaning to our work, and we want to thank you all for that.”
Bump was a real success on the iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy S3 and is one of very few apps that will be genuinely missed. However, given the brilliance and success of the app in its relatively short life, the news that the team is hard at work on a new project for Google is very intriguing indeed and gives us high hopes for something significant in the future.