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Bump photo-sharing app Flock finally flies over to Android

Flock, the stupidly simple app for dealing with group photos, has finally make its way over to the Android platform.

Basically, Flock recognizes the photos on your phone that were taken with your family and friends. Then it automagically creates a single album in the cloud and shares it with everyone in that set of pics.

It all happens in the background. All you have to do is download the app; the rest is set-it-and-forget-it simple.

The app comes from Bump, the startup that brought you its flagship bump-phones-to-exchange-contact-info app.

“Android has been growing at unprecedented rates, and even those folks not using Android have friends and family who are, so we expect this launch to make the Flock experience better for everyone,” said Bump CEO Dave Lieb in a blog post on the news.

“As with our iOS version, we’ve taken care to make sure that Flock for Android is a great experience for people, and we’re experimenting with a few new UI ideas that are well-suited for Android.”

Here’s a demo video showing how Flock works:

The Flock team says the average active Flock user will get around 26 photos each week — pics snapped by other people, and pics that they would never have seen otherwise because they’re not being publicly shared on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, or other social services.

You can download Flock free in the Google Play store.

Bump was founded in 2008 in Chicago and is currently based in Mountain View, Calif. It’s raised roughly $20 million in venture capital to date. Flock’s competitors are few and mostly reside in the private-photo-sharing space — for example, Kicksend.

Top image courtesy of NinaMalyna, Shutterstock


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