Google has acquired Bump, a smartphone app company whose service allows users to transfer files between handsets by tapping them together.
Terms of acquisition weren’t disclosed, so it’s hard to tell exactly how strong of an exit this was for Bump and its investors. The acquisition occurred just after Apple announced a wireless file-sharing tool, Air-Drop, as part of the new iPhone software, and Bump’s technology could interest the Android team.
Bump’s app for exchanging information gathered signals from phones and sent them to its servers, where it matched them with other phones sending similar signals. Flock uses location technology and algorithms to determine that a group of friends is taking photographs at the same place and invite each friend to contribute photos to a joint album.
Google declined to say what it planned to do with Bump, issuing only this statement “The bump team has demonstrated a strong ability to quickly build and develop products that users love, and we think they’ll be great fit as Google”.
Google might look to turn Flock into a part of Google+ as a way to simultaneously compete with Facebook’s photo sharing and Dropbox ‘s photo saving service. The acquisition also scores Google trove of mobile communication patents that it could use to help nearby devices sync up. Google could use these patents to improve Android and create richer alternatives to near-field communication (NFC).