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Bump was and early innovator in the area of file and contact sharing on mobile devices. Interest has waned a bit in recent years, but then Google bought the company back in September. Work seemed to stop on Bump's apps shortly thereafter, and now we're getting the official word – Bump and Flock are no more. Both apps will stop working and be removed from Google Play (and the App Store) on January 31st, 2014.

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Bump was one of the first apps that made it easy to send files between devices without typing things in. You could just have two phones (geographically) close together and bump them to send files over the internet. Google has since taken up NFC as a more direct method of accomplishing the same thing. Flock was less well-known, but might have been more interesting to Google in terms of technology acquisitions. Flock is an automatic photo sharing app that recognizes faces and can share photos with the people it identifies in them.

If you have data in Bump and Flock, simply opening the apps will offer instructions for getting your data out. Don't procrastinate, though. All user data will be wiped after the shutdown date. The Bump team will go on to work at new projects within Google, but Bump has reached its end.

[Bump Blog]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Patrick Thompson

    Hopefully a sign of good things to come in 2014.

  • Blair Ginley

    Wait. People still used bump? Lol. For real though, at least for me and friends, that app really quickly became forgotten and never used

    • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

      I had used it for quite some time during my early smartphone days. But then PushBullet came along and replaced bump. And it does so much more.

      • hp420

        Same here. I used it once to try and send an apk to a friend, then realized all it did was link them to the play store. The app stayed installed on my phone for all of 2 minutes, then I never even gave it a second thought. An app that sends a link to the play store....wow....like I can't just do that myself, just as fast??? So much potential, so little of it was ever implemented.

        • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

          That also has its usecase though. Say, you have downloaded a cool app and want to share it with your friend. You "bump" it to your friend. You don't have to open play store on your computer, find the app, copy the link, paste it on desktop IM and send to your friend.

          I was using bump for photo transfer from phone to pc, exclusively.

          • hp420

            What about the share button in the mobile app? Texting, emailing, or any other way of sending a link with the share button would be just as convenient, imho ;)

            Bump to photo transfer to pc is nice, but I'd far prefer ftp if it has to be a wireless transfer. The ease of selecting multiple files with an ftp app far outweighs the one or two seconds it takes to send a single file with bump for me.

  • http://www.innews.dk/ Erroneus

    I actually has used bump a few times to easily move contacts between phones on different platforms, eg. ios to android.

  • Willie D

    While people use BUMP less and less, Google has a cavalier attitude toward forcing NFC (a now Android only technology most people still barely use) on everyone rather than play the all-in-one card by implementing BUMP into the Android ecosystem much the way Apple has done with their sharing capabilities.

    • http://beaugil.es BeauGiles

      NFC Android only? Heard of that Windows operating system? ('desktop' and mobile)

      (sure, you can't transfer larger files yet since nobody will agree on a standard, but contacts, web URLs, etc work)

      • Tim242

        S Beam on Samsung phones uses NFC to initiate a WiFi direct connection for transfer of any file. But, it can be slow. Bluetooth is still the fastest way to get the job done.

        • brandon johnson

          There is no possible way that Bluetooth is faster than wifi direct

          • Tim242

            WiFi direct does not work directly. It has to have a go-between app to even work. S Beam uses NFC to initiate a wifi direct connection and when it doesn't fail, it transfers slowly. Bluetooth sends the file much quicker, with no failing connection. Even though wifi direct is built into the Android share menu, you can't just directly connect to another device. I have a Samsung wifi direct printer. You can't simply send the file. The phone has to connect through wifi to the printer on a wifi direct connection, but not directly. Not to mention, the Samsung Mobile Print app must be used. Wifi direct may sound good in theory, but it is clunky and not as reliable as good ol Bluetooth.

          • Bakaouji

            Have you tried Superbeam? It's a pretty smooth way of transferring files to someone else. Not as good as Android beam though.

          • Tim242

            I actually just tried connecting 2 devices by wifi direct from the wifi settings, without using s beam. It worked flawlessly and fast.

          • brandon johnson

            yeah, i use superbeam, even to transfer files from PC to PC or phone or any variation thereof. i get speeds north of 30Mbps

          • Tim242

            I just downloaded SuperBeam and bought pro. It looks like an awesome app. Thanks!

          • CerealFTW

            I've had too many bad experiences taking long times to pair devices in the past *shudders*

          • Luqmaan Mathee

            How can you compare a printer to phone. You need to go research you facts before posting. Wi-Fi direct is almost instant.

        • Luqmaan Mathee

          Dude what are you talking about? I sent a16mb file in a few seconds with WiFi direct.

        • UroŇ° Ipavec

          Maybe you should try fylet or fylet sender. Both use p2p to transfer photos/files. No cloud, fast transfer rate, encrypted and works from anywhere.

    • Gabernasher

      I love NFC with Google Wallet. Cashiers are always amazed when I pay with my phone.

    • hp420

      Since Android represents well over 3/4 of the mobile device market worldwide, it's not exactly a very exclusive feature. If you don't like NFC, fine, don't use it, but you'll be left behind when the rest of the world realizes how much better it is than bluetooth.

      BTW, how do you know Google doesn't have any plans to implement it? They usually don't just waste money buying out an app just to let it sit there collecting dust, never to be used.

      Your argument seems about as uninformed as it gets....are you just a disgruntled iOS fanboy who is jealous that Apple's only 'new' features are stolen from Android?

  • Droid to droid

    Wifi Direct is the way to go. Large files can be moved quite fast between devices. No router needed. An app called HitchrtNet has been very good to me, I'm sure there are other good ones.

    • Droid to droid

      Sorry. HitcherNet.

    • Bakaouji

      Superbeam

  • Primalxconvoy

    I never thought bump was any good. It rarely worked and i had to turn the apl n and then fiddle around with bluetooth settings and the like.

    It was far easier to just email my contact details to someone.

  • Microsoftjunkie

    I think this may be related to that HTC fiasco with Nokia.

  • CerealFTW

    And the only reason people even know about bump is because it was the billionth ios app that was downloaded Lol

  • Hamid Y. Javanbakht

    Bump was too dependent on hardware (accelerometer) which not all mobile devices have. There are better alternatives emerging, Vite.me has a lot of potential.

    http://vite.me

    • Roh_Mish

      Nearly all devices have accelerometers these days

      • Hamid Y. Javanbakht

        Not everywhere in the world. The use for this technology goes beyond cell phones, to network connected devices in general.

  • Manda

    I am wondering what is the best app to replace bump though? I lined bump because I could send files without having to be in range our on the same network, and we could send apk files, can someone suggest alternatives please?

    • UroŇ° Ipavec

      try fylet or fylet sender. With the latter it is possible to send any file of any size directly to another device. It uses P2P and it's really fast.

  • didibus

    This is a great example of why you can't rely on the cloud for storage. Companies can die and wipe all your data without much warning.

  • http://blog.ericchappuis.ch/ GrandSapin1673

    I simply used bump as a modern exchange of business cards and in this very simple role, I don't find a replacement solution that pass through all os.
    Do you know any way to share contact between people in less than 15 seconds taking in consideration that they have android and iPhone, no special knowledge in easy pearing devices etc?
    Evernote hello also never got success
    But I feel a lack of technology to replace this very simple exchange of paper.

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