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Bump was an early innovator in the area of file and contact sharing on mobile devices. The buzz has died down a bit in recent years, but then Google bought the company back in September. Work seemed to stop on Bump’s apps shortly thereafter, and now we have the official word: Bump and Flock have been discontinued. Both apps will stop working and be removed from the App Store and Google Play on January 31st, 2014.

Bump was one of the first apps that made it easy to send files between devices without typing things in. You could just have two phones geographically close together and bump them to send files over the Internet. Flock was less well-known, but may have been more appealing to Google in terms of technology acquisitions. Flock was an automatic photo sharing app that recognizes faces and can share photos with the people it identifies in them.

If you have data in Bump and Flock, simply opening the apps will provide instructions for getting that data out. Don’t wait, though—all user data will be wiped after the shutdown date.

The Bump team will move on to new projects within Google, but Bump has reached its end.