File-sharing Bump joins Google flock

EASY: The Bump app lets smartphone users share data by knocking knuckles while holding their devices. Although the start-up behind Bump has been bought by Google, the app still remains available to users.


    Sep 18, 2013

    File-sharing Bump joins Google flock

    THE start-up behind popular smartphone apps for sharing contacts, pictures or other data - by "bumping" smartphones together - announced on Monday that it has been bought by Google.

    Bump Technologies co-founder and chief David Lieb did not disclose the terms of the deal, which sees his team join the Google fold, but leaves the popular Bump and Flock applications available to users.

    "We couldn't be more thrilled to join Google," Mr Lieb said in a message on the Bump website.

    "Bump and Flock will continue to work as they always have for now; stay tuned for updates."

    Technology website AllThingsD reported that the deal was worth between US$30 million (S$38 million) and US$60 million.

    The Bump application lets smartphone users share data easily by gently knocking knuckles while holding their devices.

    Flock software taps into smartphone location-sensing technology to note when friends are in proximity of one another and lets them contribute to sets of photos reflecting shared experiences, such as when they are at concerts or sporting events.

    "Our mission at Bump has always been to build the simplest tools for sharing the information you care about with other people and their devices," Mr Lieb said.

    "We strive to create experiences that feel like magic, enabled behind the scenes with innovations in maths, data processing and algorithms."

    Founded in 2008, venture-backed Bump Technologies is based in the Silicon Valley city of Mountain View, which is also home to Google.

    In an e-mail response to AFP, the Internet titan said: "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."