Google Shuts Down Bump and Flock

bump_iconAfter the New Year’s celebrations have passed, the founders of Bump have said that they are extremely busy working at Google and are going to shut down Bump so that they can focus on their other projects at Google. Bump was acquired by Google in September.

Buzz first created quite a stir in the tech world when it allowed transfer of data between smartphones by tapping them together. The feature got so popular that Samsung built this right in Samsung S3 and slammed Apple’s iPhone using this feature in a commercial. Apple finally released a version of the same feature for its iPhone in the form if AirDrop.

Another photo-aggregating app named Flock, developed by the Bump team is also being shut down. Bump’s complete announcement is given below:

“Back in September, we announced that the Bump team was joining Google to continue our work of helping people share and interact with one another using mobile devices.

We are now deeply focused on our new projects within Google, and we’ve decided to discontinue Bump and Flock. On January 31, 2014, Bump and Flock will be removed from the App Store and Google Play. After this date, neither app will work, and all user data will be deleted.

We’ve taken much care to make sure that you can retain any data you have in Bump and Flock. At any point in the next 30 days, simply open either app and and follow the instructions for exporting your data. You’ll then receive an email with a link containing all of your data (photos, videos, contacts, etc) from Bump or Flock.

Over the years, we’ve been inspired and humbled by the millions of people who have used Bump and Flock. Your feedback, enthusiasm, and support has brought much meaning to our work, and we want to thank you all for that. In many ways, Bump was a revolutionary product that inspired many subsequent advances and helped push the world forward. We hope our new creations at Google will do the same.

David Lieb
CEO and cofounder

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