Google giveth, and Google taketh away.
Bump, the data sharing app which allowed you to share files and other data simply by bumping devices together is being put out to pasture by Google, just a mere four months after Google acquired the app. Bump has been around on iOS and Android for years now, and was acquired by Google last September. Back in February, we saw Bump receive an update that let users transfer files (under 20MB) from their computer to their phones and vice versa.
Google will be pulling the app from the Google Play Store and deleting user data beginning on January 31st, 2014, so if you’ve got important stuff hanging out on Bump’s turf, you may want to grab it before its history.
Another service quickly squashed by Google. Since Google shut down Bump so quickly, it’s quite possible that the big G bought Bump just to take control of their intellectual property. We will undoubtedly see innovations from Bump’s app pop up in Google apps in the future, as is usually the case when the internet behemoth acquires products and companies only to shut them down. Google’s Android Beam technology functions similarly to Bump, so we’ll surely see Bump tech making its way in that direction.