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Google Acquires Bump For Undisclosed Amount


This morning, Bump’s CEO announced through an official blog post that Google acquired the company. Back in the early day of Android and iOS devices, Bump was one of those interesting applications that made smartphones appear to be smart. Two users could simply bump their phones together, which would allow them to easily transfer pictures, contact data or other misc. files through the cloud. Nothing actually happened between the two phones except for the sensors in the devices sensing the bump, then sending the data up to the cloud, then placing it in the other users’ account. 

We would guess that the Bump team will start working with Google’s Android Beam team, but no details have been made public yet. For now, Bump claims that all services and applications will continue to be updated and receive support following the acquisition.

It’s always nice when Google gobbles up a semi-big name in the mobile space. Something exciting should come from this.

Via: Bump | The Verge

  • sk3litor

    Ive heard if a couple people using an app called fast file transfer. Not as simple as tapping devices but apparentlyt transfers large files in minutes like wi fi direct

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    I would love for whatever they come up with to be cross platform and secure.

  • MatthewSimmons

    Maybe its just me but everytime I have tried to use Bump it fails. Inevitably I get so frustrated that I just delete it.

  • sagisarius

    This could be cool, NFC has run it’s novelty course with me. I don’t think I’ve used it to pay for anything in months.

  • StuckOnVerizonForever

    Probably pocket change

  • Jorge

    This acquisition of Bump + Droid Zap and NFC technology might result in a google inter-platform sharing (Android to iOS and vice-versa) app. Can’t wait to see what comes from this.

  • Walter Partlo

    Bump has always been pretty cool, but has had the same problem that android and S beam have had, which is not having widespread distribution. If they make it into a google service, it could be a useful tool for sharing data, even cross platform.

    • kashtrey

      Yeah, what would be great is if they integrate Bump as an API directly into Android and allow for all apps to “Share to Bump” similar to current intents for other apps.

  • GoBlue

    So I did a little research. See website:

    It seems like Google wants to move away from NFC and toward another file sending service where you don’t have to physically touch devices.

    See (filed 8/22/2013):

    It clearly says “device is incapable of communication with the internet”. That means sending files without using the cloud. The patent describes not touching devices to communicate.

    Very cool. I would love it if I could “flick” files over to another android device. Way more convenient than having to tap phones all the time.

    • StuckOnVerizonForever

      Now the NSA doesn’t have to touch us

    • Sounds kinda like the Droid Zap thing they have on the new Droid lineup or even similar to the whole AirDrop thing.

    • michael arazan

      Pain in the arse to transfer files via NFC between my brothers GNex and My Gnex and our Mom’s N7, easier to just send a link to drive or email the pictures in a quarter of the time to sit their holding the devices together, especially for entire albums.

  • joejoe5709

    NFC does me pretty well but it needs better universal adoption across all OEM’s and skins. If this could help, then I’m all for it.

  • Stewie

    Prior to this, Google had assembled a “Grind” team of engineers, now they will be added to this acquisition ….

  • Will P

    This might be good because Android Beam doesn’t work 75% of the time when I try it.

    • Tim242

      Not sure about Android Beam, but S Beam works flawlessly

      • New_Guy

        Sure as hell does.

      • Pratik Holla

        Yeah S beam works well. But it becomes useless since i never bother to use TW. Also android beam is pretty limited in what it can do so hopefully the BUMP guys can bring something new

    • Droidzilla

      I don’t think I’ve had Android Beam fail once, though I’ve only used it a handful of times.

    • Fresh360

      That’s a pretty high fail rate may be a hardware issue. I think I may have had a fail one time and I use it quite often, and the only phone I have had issues with is the HTC ONE seems like the NFC area is really small.

      *I have a GNEX

      • Will P

        I’ve transferred web pages/youtube videos from my HTC One to Nexus 10 without issue, but I tried beaming my friend a photo to his EVO 4G LTE three times and it still wouldn’t work. Photos are really the only sketchy part about beam. Youtube and webpages work just fine.

        • duke69111

          Yea I’ve never had any luck sending a photo to a samsung s3 from my gnexus. Web pages work ok though.

    • Sometimes I’ve found you have to find the sweet spots on larger devices, its all about getting the antennas to lineup within the required space and keeping them there for a few seconds.

  • Its nice to see Google actively going out and finding new technologies that can be incorporated into Android, I just wish they would be a little more transparent with what they plan to do with all of these acquired startups but of course that would be giving away all their secrets.

    • Walter Partlo

      This nice “new” technology that my wife and I used on our OG droid and droid Eris?

      • The majority of users probably have no idea what Bump is because NFC has filled the void lately and you also have to think about the fact that when Google acquires a team like Bump they aren’t just acquiring the technology, they are getting a team of skilled developers who know what they are doing and have proven themselves to be able to make new, innovative technologies. I would personally like to see how they are able to merge Android’s native NFC with Bump’s tech and who knows they may come together to make a whole new way of transferring data.

      • Pedro

        You and your wife would ‘bump’?

        That’s not new technology at all.

  • turdbogls

    interesting, I wonder where google is heading with this…..

    • Eric

      probably putting the contact sharing feature into android.

      • turdbogls

        that was my first though as well. hopefully over NFC and not bump though.

        • zurginator

          Contact sharing already is available via NFC – this has to be about sending things without it.

          • Ryan B

            Knowing that apple devices don’t have NFC, I would say not using NFC for a cross platform sharing app would be ideal.

  • DroidzFX

    Pretty sure Google could have developed a similar app for a fraction of what they acquired the company for. Unless they hold a patent for “bumping” then this all makes sense.

    • Walter Partlo

      Since this is google, I would bet that it is not something terribly easy to code around, thus the acquisition.

      • Pedro

        Or maybe they wanted the talent there.

    • zurginator

      It’s likely a case of absorbing their user base. Starting a new user base is rather difficult.