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Google Acquires Fan Favorite Mobile App Bump

by Brandon Russell | September 16, 2013September 16, 2013 2:00 pm PST

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Bump, a popular mobile app that makes sharing files between handsets incredible easy, has been acquired by Google. Announced on Monday, the news suggests Google could implement Bump’s technologies into upcoming iterations of Android. For now, Bump will survive for iOS and Android until further notice, but we imagine Google has something special up its sleeve for Android users.

Basically, Bump allows users to easily share contact info, pictures and more by merely touching two devices together; the service even allows users to transfer stuff from a mobile device to a computer. As of now, it’s unclear how Google plans on using its newly acquired technology, though it appears the Bump team is focused on integrating with the search giant.

“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,” said Bump CEO David Lieb.

Along with its photo sharing app, Flock, Bump will continue to work as it currently does, but Lieb said to “stay tuned for future updates.” Since its launch, Bump went from a mobile gimmick to something that people came to rely on; it’s certainly convenient, and Google obviously saw the value in what Bump offers.

The acquisition comes just before the arrival of iOS 7, which now comes with AirDrop built right in. Google has yet to issue a statement on the news, but the company will likely have a lot to say soon. If anything, we’ll probably see Bump and Flock integrated right into many of Google’s services

TechCrunch

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.

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