Smartphone file-sharing apps Bump and Flock have announced that they will be discontinued at the end of January.US internet giant Google bought the startup behind the apps, Bump Technologies, in September for a deal reportedly worth between $30 million and $60 million.
“We are now deeply focused on our new projects within Google, and we’ve decided to discontinue Bump and Flock,” Bump co-founder and chief executive David Lieb wrote in a blog post late on Tuesday.
Over the coming weeks, users can export their data by opening either app and following instructions. They will then receive an email with a link containing their photos, videos, contacts and other data.
Lieb thanked users for their feedback, enthusiasm and support over the years, saying it “brought much meaning to our work.”
“In many ways, Bump was a revolutionary product that inspired many subsequent advances and helped push the world forward,” Lieb wrote. “We hope our new creations at Google will do the same.”
The Bump application lets smartphone users easily share data by gently knocking knuckles while holding devices.
Flock software taps into smartphone location-sensing technology to note when friends are in proximity of one another and lets them contribute to sets of photos reflecting shared experiences such as a concerts or sporting events.
- Google-owned Bump and Flock file sharing apps shutting down on January 31st (thedroidguy.com)
- Bump and Flock discontinued (bu.mp)
- Bump, Flock apps to be discontinued (sbs.com.au)
- Google-Acquired File-Sharing Apps Bump And Flock To Shut Down By End Of January (appadvice.com)
- Google shutting down Bump and Flock on January 31 (thenextweb.com)