Google Buys iPhone Contact Sharing App Bump

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Bump quickly gained popularity on the iPhone shortly after Apple opened the App Store, and now it's going to be part of the Google family. According to the company, Google is buying it out but business will continue as usual.

Google buys contact sharing company BumpGoogle buys contact sharing company Bump

David Leib, Bump's CEO and cofounder said,

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 lets users share contact information, images, and other items by bumping their iPhones together. The app has gone cross platform so users can share between iOS and Android devices, too.

Neither company is saying how much the deal cost. What Bump is promising is that both its Bump and Flock apps will continue to work just as they have, at least for now.

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Considering how the SnapSeed purchase went, there's a chance that Bump will stick around. Google kept the mobile versions of SnapSeed around and has continued to support it. So the big question is whether or not Bump is Google's backup plan if NFC data sharing fizzles out on Android.

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How does bumping two iPhones start the data transfer ?


Perhaps it uses the proximity sensors in the two phones. Anyone know the answer?

Howell Selburn

Do you think this might have anything with Apple’s airdrop feature which duplicates some of bump’s feature set? Maybe? Could be? wink

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