Google shuts down Bump app for iPhone and Android

Google shuts down Bump app for iPhone and Android

Summary: The popular contacts and file-sharing app will cease to work from the end of this month after Google decided the team behind it should focus on new projects.

TOPICS: Mobility, Hardware

Google is shutting down Bump, the popular contacts and file-sharing app for iPhone and Google Android handsets.

The app, which has been downloaded more than 125 million times, allows users to share contact details, photos, videos and other files by touching two phones together.

Bump CEO and co-founder David Lieb said Bump will be removed from the Apple App Store and Google Play on 31 January, after which the app will cease to work and all user data will be deleted.

Bump was acquired by Google in September last year and the app is being discontinued so the team behind it can focus on "new projects within Google", Lieb said.

The Flock app, made by the team behind Bump, will also be shut down on the same day. Flock is an app that makes it easier to share digital photo albums with friends or family.

Users of Bump and Flock will be able to export their data – such as photos, videos and contacts – from the apps during the next 30 days. Instructions on how to extract this data will be shown when a user runs Bump or Flock.

Image: Bump

Topics: Mobility, Hardware


Nick Heath is chief reporter for TechRepublic UK. He writes about the technology that IT-decision makers need to know about, and the latest happenings in the European tech scene.

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  • Makes it hard to trust a company that kills its own so fast.

    Add Bump to a long list of (loved) products Google decided to just kill. How do you put your trust into a company that kills a product just after one year of purchasing?
    • You only trust a company like Google at your own peril

      FREE is not free and it usually costs more than what you could buy. Licensed is the new renting. The level of dishonesty nowadays is beyond the pale and Google is among the worst.
  • In internet years...

    You wonder how long Flicker or Dropbox will last. Even paid services are suspect (presuming that you have the opportunity to export before they close down).
    • I wouldn't worry about Flickr or Dropbox.

      Flickr has deep-pockets with Yahoo! behind it, and Dropbox is allegedly profitable (so must be at least close to it), which in the mobile space is basically the equivalent of "extremely profitable" in any other industry.

      As for these Bump and Flock, it will be interesting to see if either if the technologies end up baked-in to Android, or whether this is just a matter of Google writing off US$30-60 million when they realized they couldn't serve ads or extract monetizable user information.
      • What deep pockets??

        Yahoo is deep in the RED, and Dropbox has NEVER being profitable.

        While Flicker could survive, I doubt Dropbox will last 2014 without at least being purchased by some mayor player (with a horrible TOS).