Google to Shutter Bump and Flock on January 31

Google apparently feels it's done all it can do with Bump, a picture sharing app for smartphones it acquired three and a half months ago for between $30-$60 million, and will slam the door shut on the service at the end of the month. Bump's chief and co-founder David Lieb announced the news in a blog post, saying that his team will shift focus to other ventures. In addition, Lieb said Flock is shutting down, too.

"We are now deeply focused on our new projects within Google, and we've decided to discontinue Bump and Flock. On January 31, 2014, Bump and Flock will be removed from the App Store and Google Play. After this date, neither app will work, and all user data will be deleted," Lieb said.


Bump jumped into the smartphone market back in 2009. Using Bump, smartphone owners could share contact cards and photos by bumping their phones together. Later on, PayPal would implement the technology into its app so that users could also exchange money by bumping their Android and/or iPhones together.

"In many ways, Bump was a revolutionary product that inspried many subsequent advances and helped push the world forward," Lieb said.

The Bump team was also responsible for Flock, a collaborative photo sharing app. It first landed on iOS in June 2012 and then on Android devices in December of that same year. Flock had the ability to discern photos taken with friends or family, and then automatically share them with one another.