Bump was a very popular file sharing application back in the day. Users could share files with each other simply through “bumping” their devices together. The app might have lost its lustre recently but that didn’t stop Google from picking up the company in September 2013. It seemed like a talent focused aquisition because work on the company’s apps stopped soon after the acquisition. Now it has formally been announced that the company’s Bump and Flock apps are going to be shut down and removed from the App Store and the Google Play Store on January 31, 2014.
Even though Flock wasn’t as popular as Bump, users are likely to miss it as well. It is an automatic photo sharing application which is capable of recognizing faces in photos. Once it identifies people in a photo, Flock can share it with them. Those who have been using both of these apps for quite some time and have data in them can simply launch then right now and get instructions on how to take out their data. It should be kept in mind that all data is going to be wiped once the shutdown date has lapsed, so there’s no point in procrastinating if you have data in the apps. Even though the apps will be no more, the team will continue to work on projects at Google.