Bump was acquired by Google last September, and already, it looks as though Google is ready for the team to begin new projects. According to a statement by Bump’s CEO on its official blog, Bump will be shutting down and erasing all user data on January 31 of this year. With more than 100 million downloads, this may come as quite a shock to the mobile world, as the physical sharing application was insanely popular when it launched for iOS and later for Android. Users simply “bumped” phones, and the service worked like magic when released to the public.
In the post, Bump’s CEO clearly states that Google has other intentions for the team working on the apps, but there was no tease as to what it could be. Will it be NFC or Bluetooth related? We sort of hope so, given how smart of an idea Bump was in the first place. Here is what the CEO had to say.
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.
As stated, users will be able to retrieve their data located on Bump and Flock’s servers anytime before the shutdown date of January 31. To retrieve the data, simply open up either app and there will be instructions on how to do so.
Does this come as a surprise? Is anyone still actually using Bump?