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Old Sep 16, 2013, 12:15 PM   #1
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Google Acquires 'Bump', One of the App Store's First Hits




Google is acquiring Bump for an undisclosed sum, according to a blog post by company cofounder David Lieb.

Bump's eponymous app allows users to share contact information, photos and more with other Bump users by 'bumping' devices with each other, including across platforms. Bump's apps will continue to operate normally for now.
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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.

Bump and Flock will continue to work as they always have for now; stay tuned for future updates.

We'd like to extend a special thank you to all of you who have used our products so far. It continues to be a pleasure to serve you, and your feedback and evangelism inspire us every day.
Bump is a free download for the iPhone and iPad on the App Store. [Direct Link]

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Old Sep 16, 2013, 12:16 PM   #2
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AirDrop for iOS will make this obsolete!
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Old Sep 16, 2013, 12:20 PM   #3
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I just deleted my bump app. Im living google free!
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Old Sep 16, 2013, 12:20 PM   #4
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While air drop is better ..I remember when I first got this app and was tricking my friends with it
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Old Sep 16, 2013, 12:23 PM   #5
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Never tested bump... but proprietary crap like airdrop is no solution...
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Old Sep 16, 2013, 12:27 PM   #6
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Sorry if this is a stupid question, but how would you AirDrop contact information on an iOS device?
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Old Sep 16, 2013, 12:29 PM   #7
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Sorry if this is a stupid question, but how would you AirDrop contact information on an iOS device?
With iOS 7 you'd go to the contact and click 'share' then select the AirDrop device.
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Old Sep 16, 2013, 12:29 PM   #8
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AirDrop for iOS will make this obsolete!
Sure, once everyone upgrades to an iPhone 5 or later.
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Old Sep 16, 2013, 12:29 PM   #9
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AirDrop for iOS will make this obsolete!
Unless you have a 'new' ios device. Airdrop doesn't show up on my Ipad 3. Sad to discover that as my mom has an Ipad2, and would be nice to airdrop stuff to her when I visit.
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Old Sep 16, 2013, 12:32 PM   #10
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I've used bump to message to another country for free. Then swapped over to whatsapp since it was eaiser to connect and not have to bump someones phone 2500 miles away:-)
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Old Sep 16, 2013, 12:36 PM   #11
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Sorry if this is a stupid question, but how would you AirDrop contact information on an iOS device?
Better yet how do you do it to a friend without an iPhone/ios device. Oh wait you can't because apple never creates ios apps for other platforms. This is why they loss to MS back in the day in the computer biz and it could repeat itself (though unlikely since they already have a massive loyal market share this time) in the mobile device world.

If google/android ever makes an sms integrated version of hangouts I'm defecting again to Android.
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I hate proprietary stuff like airdrop, ichat, airplay, etc. Might work well within the Apple garden but interoperability is imperative these days. I'd take this further and say web browser access is also imperative - ie. I hate that to use iTunes I have to install iTunes. Cannot access via web browser. Oh, and is Apple's Maps app ever going to have browser access?
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Old Sep 16, 2013, 12:41 PM   #13
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I just deleted my bump app. Im living google free!
Do you have an ad blocker on your computers browser and are blocking ads on your iPhone/iPads browser? If not, you are not Google free.
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Old Sep 16, 2013, 12:43 PM   #14
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I tried Bump once...eventually the guy just emailed me photos...bump was not working.

I kept it on my phone but haven't touched it since. Hopefully you wont need a Google Log-in to get this working.
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Old Sep 16, 2013, 01:04 PM   #15
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Oh, and is Apple's Maps app ever going to have browser access?
The standalone Maps app in Mavericks was what surprised me the most. It seems to make much more sense for Apple to have put Maps in the browser rather than a standalone application.
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Old Sep 16, 2013, 01:05 PM   #16
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Airdrop trumps Bump...
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Airdrop trumps Bump...
But again, Bump wasn't limited to newer Apple iOS devices.
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Old Sep 16, 2013, 01:13 PM   #18
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I just deleted my bump app. Im living google free!
Been doing that for a while now. I don't agree with Google or the things they seem to stand by these days. The only Google product I regularly use is YouTube.
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Old Sep 16, 2013, 01:14 PM   #19
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I just deleted my bump app. Im living google free!
Me too, not just phone, but Mac too. Glad to see Yahoo is making improvements.
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Old Sep 16, 2013, 01:14 PM   #20
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They've acquired a useless app. No one actually uses it, it sits ignored in most people folders even if they do have it installed. AirDrop is a step ahead.
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It's a neat system, and it IS probably the easiest way I've found to get data from your iPhone to some random person's PC (spacebar instead of accelerometer). It's also something Samsung likes to think they invented

If it starts to need a Google login, I'll stop using it. If it's ad-supported without that--then ok, fair enough! And if it becomes Android exclusive, I won't shed too many tears. I'll just email the file.

It's a nice product (one I didn't appreciate until I tried it) but the use case, for me, is very rare.

Rare but not unheard of: AirDrop IS better, but it's iOS and Mac only.
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Old Sep 16, 2013, 01:40 PM   #22
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AirDrop > bump
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Air drop = good
cross platform = better
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AirDrop for iOS will make this obsolete!
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Airdrop trumps Bump...
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AirDrop > bump
You guys do realize that Airdrop is "Apple-only". Bump will be for both platforms. Good luck using your Airdrop with your Android friends. And, before you label me as an Android fan, look at my signature.
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Never tested bump... but proprietary crap like airdrop is no solution...
FYI... both Airdrop and Bump are proprietary. Perhaps that's not the word you meant to use?
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