Google has purchased US tech startup Bump for an undisclosed amount, leading to suggestions that the tech giant plans to integrate the company's wireless sharing services into its mobile devices and tablets.
The purchase was confirmed by Bump chief executive and co-founder David Lieb in a public blog post, in which he promised the move would help the company create even better data-sharing services.
"We're excited to announce that the Bump team is joining Google! Our mission at Bump has always been to build the simplest tools for sharing the information you care about with other people and devices," said the post.
"We strive to create experiences that feel like magic, enabled behind the scene with innovations in math, data processing, and algorithms. So we couldn't be more thrilled to join Google, a company that shares our belief that the application of computing to difficult problems can fundamentally change the way that we interact with one another and the world."
Further details about the deal and how Bump will fit into Google remain unknown. At the time of publishing Google had not responded to V3's request for comment on the purchase.
Bump Technologies launched in 2008 in Mountain View, California, with early funding from startup incubator Y Combinator, Sequoia Capital and a number of angel investors.
The Bump app is currently available on iOS and Android, and is designed to let users share information between smart devices over the cloud. "There are two parts to Bump: the app running on your device and a smart matching algorithm running on our servers in the cloud. The app on your phone uses the phone's sensors to literally ‘feel' the bump, and it sends that info up to the cloud," reads the company's product description.
"The matching algorithm listens to the bumps from phones around the world and pairs up phones that felt the same bump. Then we just route information between the two phones in each pair."
The news comes in the run up to Google's rumoured next Nexus smartphone release. In the past Google has unveiled its latest Nexus smartphones in October or November each year. The timing of the purchase has led to theories that Bump technology may be pre-loaded onto the new Nexus.
Bump is the latest in a long line of companies bought by Google. Google acquired e-commerce solutions firm Channel Intelligence in February this year, in a deal worth $125m.
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