Bump and Flock shutting down as team moves to new projects within Google

Bump and Flock shutting down as team moves to new projects within Google

Bad news for users of Bump and Flock: both services, including thier apps, are shutting down soon. Bump, a file-transfer app, was acquired by Google back in September, along with Flock, the Bump team's photo-sharing application. David Lieb, CEO and co-founder of Bump, announced the shutdown with a post on the Bump Blog:

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 did say that users will be able to get their data at any point until January 31. When you open either Bump or Flock, just follow the instructions provided to export your data. You'll get an email with a link to a file containing all of your data, contacts, photos, documents, that you had stored in either app.

If you use either Bump or Flock, have you been expecting this news, and are you disappointed? Let us know below in the comments.

Source: Bump Blog

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Joseph Keller is a news reporter for iMore. He's also chilling out and having a sandwich.

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....I used Bump with my wife, (since we are not a fully integrated Apple household) we were able to swap photos back and forth and I also used it with my PC. I really liked it. I honestly didn't see this coming and am disappointed.

Does anyone know of an app that is similar to Bump?

To be honest I don't use either app any more since I updated to iOS 7 months ago as it has the air drop feature, since most users now use iOS 7.x.x I guess the apps are no longer needed really so I sort of did see this coming

Sad news. I often use Bump to share photos with my friends using Android smartphones. Anyone knows any good alternative?

I've used Bump before as it was very easy going cross-platform. That said, I have not used it in the past two years. I never knew it needed "back-end" help though. Surprised this is not an app that can continue to be used after the app is pulled.