Tech Report: Google Buys Bump Technologies

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — Google is purchasing Bump Technologies, best known for an app that lets smartphone users share files by bumping their phones together and it gets photo-sharing app, Flock, as part of the deal.

Bump started out as a contact-sharing service, but then it evolved into allowing you to share photos, files, music and video. It’s a way to transfer data through cell phones literally by touching or bumping them together.

Flock is a photo-sharing app based on geo-location proximity. By that I mean you can more easily collaborate with people that are near you by taking pictures for instance, say at a party or an event that you’re all at. Because the application knows where you’re at, it will create a photo album based on the pictures that your friends have taken within that proximity. You get to choose what you’d like to share with them and it creates collaborative albums.

Google Buys Bump Technologies

I think Flock is particularly interesting for Google because it gives Google+ a better chance to compete with Facebook since they own Instagram.

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