You guys remember Bump? It's been a while since we've had a reason to discuss the app, but that changes today; Google just bought the company. For those who may not be familiar with Bump, it's an app that allows files, images, apps, and the like to be transferred from device to device by touching the two together. It was actually pretty popular a few years ago, before NFC and Android Beam (which, honestly, still doesn't work correctly half the time) came along.
The thing that makes Bump a more compelling option over NFC, however, is that it's cross platform – as long as both parties have the Bump app installed, it makes transferring information from Android to iOS incredibly easy.
The acquisition was announced today on the Bump blog, though details are basically non-existent at the time. Bump's CEO and co-founder David Lieb penned a short entry that announced the company's joining with Google, but also confirmed that "Bump and Flock will continue to work as they always have for now" (emphasis mine), which alludes to possible changes in the future.
At this point, it's unclear what Google wants with Bump – maybe they'll put the team on fixing the way Android Beam works (read: making it actually work).
Time will tell.