Google Buys Bump Top and Bumps Up Holdings
Google seems to be like a business “shopaholic” these days. Unlike those who shop to feed an addiction though Google shops with intent. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that have enough money to buy most anything at anytime.
The latest appetizer sized company that has been swallowed whole by the Google is Bump Top. Bump Top was part of Microsfot’s BizSpark program which provided free software to start ups. I guess it didn’t have any small print about not being acquired by a mortal enemy. Of note, both Agnilux and DocVerse who are recent Google acquisitions were part of the program as well. I wonder if Mr. Schmidt sends thank you notes to Mr. Gates in those circumstances?
Anyway, Bump Top helps to organize a computer desktop more like a real desktop by allowing piles and the like through making the desktop a three dimensional space. Venture Beat ventures a guess at what Google may have in store for the technology.
What’s Google going to do with BumpTop? The search giant hasn’t said anything about the deal yet, either on the main Google blog or in response to VentureBeat’s email requesting comment. The most likely area seems to be its Android operating system for smartphones and (eventually) other devices, such as tablet computers. Some of these ideas and technologies might give the Android interface a leg up over Apple’s iPad and iPhone. Google is also developing the Chrome operating system for netbooks, but BumpTop seems less relevant there, since the Chrome OS is all about the web browser.
I think the concept can be very useful on the smaller screens of mobile devices. I am a little suspect of being able to create piles of things which are just like those on my own desk. Some of those piles become black holes so having them in a virtual sense may end up being more trouble than it’s worth. I have not played with the technology though so I am only speculating here.
Another day, another Google acquisition. Who’s next?