Google has acquired Bump, an app for Android and iOS that enables users to “bump” their smartphones together to transfer contact info, photos and much more.
The app will remain available, including Flock which is Bump’s collaborative photo sharing app that launched in July 2012.
Our mission at Bump has always been to build the simplest tools for sharing the information you care about with other people and devices. We strive to create experiences that feel like magic, enabled behind the scene with innovations in math, data processing, and algorithms. So 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.
Google did not disclose any financial terms of the deal, and all 25 Bump employees will be joining the tech giant.
Bump launched in October 2008, and has raised a total of $19.9 million.
As of February 2013, it has received 125 million downloads on iOS, and only around five to 10 percent of users are “bumping” files to their computers.
With still low adoption rates for NFC technology, Google could look to integrate the Bump software into its Android operating system.