Maybe you remember this app called Bump that let users transfer data from phone to phone thanks to a NFC-free bump. The nifty app raised about $20 million in funding and now it’s got some pretty big fans. Google just purchased Bump (the app, not the dance, although I wouldn’t put it past Google). Bump CEO and co-founder David Lieb announced the acquisition this morning in a blog post.
“We strive to create experiences that feel like magic, enabled behind the scene with innovations in math, data processing, and algorithms,” Lieb said. “So we couldn’t be more thrilled to join Google, a company that shares our belief that the application of computing to difficult problems can fundamentally change the way that we interact with one another and the world.”
The key factor in Bump’s technology is that it doesn’t rely on NFC technology to sync with other users. Instead, both users just need the Bump app which utilizes a cloud-type interface to sync. So what does Google’s acquisition mean for Bump? According to Gizmodo, “Now with a Google acquisition, it might not be long until that feature is built right into vanilla Android.”
It seems the Google vs. Apple innovation competition continues seeing as iOS 7 is coming with a similar feature called AirDrop.