Bump announced that it had been acquired by Google back in September. At the time, the company said that both the Bump app and its Flock photo sharing app would continue on. That is no longer the case.
Bump revealed in a blog post that both apps will be shut down effective January 31st as the Bump team continues working on new Google projects. On that date, the apps will be removed from both Google Play and Apple’s App Store.
If you’ve already downloaded the apps, they’ll stop working after that, and all user data will be deleted, according to Bump.
CEO and co-founder David Lieb wrote, “We’ve taken much care to make sure that you can retain any data you have in Bump and Flock. At any point in the next 30 days, simply open either app and and follow the instructions for exporting your data. You’ll then receive an email with a link containing all of your data (photos, videos, contacts, etc) from Bump or Flock.”
“Over the years, we’ve been inspired and humbled by the millions of people who have used Bump and Flock,” he added. “Your feedback, enthusiasm, and support has brought much meaning to our work, and we want to thank you all for that. In many ways, Bump was a revolutionary product that inspired many subsequent advances and helped push the world forward. We hope our new creations at Google will do the same.”
It’s likely that as a result of Bump’s refocusing we’ll see some more Bump and Flock-like features coming to existing Google products like Google+ Photos and perhaps Android.