Google acquires BumpTop

According to BumpTop's website, the 3D desktop environment company has been purchased by Google for an undisclosed sum of money. Due to the acquisition, BumpTop will no longer be available for public consumption. However, the company is allowing its software to be downloaded for one more week, before it's removed from the Internet. You can download the application at bumptop.com/download.

BumpTop's goal is to provide a real desktop feel, within the virtual computer desktop. In doing so, the software gives you a 3D view of you desktop, allowing you to manipulate files and folders as you would in the real world. There are many gestures and actions that can be taken to manipulate files within the 3D environment.

Speculation remains as to what Google plans to do with BumpTop. It's possible that BumpTop could make its way to a tablet device in the near future. It's also possible that the technology would be integrated into Android or Chrome OS. Google has yet to make a formal statement regarding the acquisition.

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Never heard of them until this article, so thought I give it try. . .forget itâ€"download speed was 6.6 kbs, not worth waiting for, and oh, that was for both Mac and Windows.

The main reason people use computer is so their documents are not all globed in a corner. I love how these companies try to replicate "The real world desk" when that is what we are trying to escape from.

warwagon said,
The main reason people use computer is so their documents are not all globed in a corner. I love how these companies try to replicate "The real world desk" when that is what we are trying to escape from.

I agree, a good desktop to me has to do with simplifying the world around us, not imitating it.

I am so sick of the major players buying companies out. I am not upset because I am not making the money from the sales, but because it leaves some of the greater projects offline later on.

Medfordite said,
I am so sick of the major players buying companies out. I am not upset because I am not making the money from the sales, but because it leaves some of the greater projects offline later on.

Well, don't forget, these companies agree to the buyouts. Companies don't generally drop a box of cash and say "You belong to us now." So blame both parties.

Joshie said,

Well, don't forget, these companies agree to the buyouts. Companies don't generally drop a box of cash and say "You belong to us now." So blame both parties.


Well said. They must have been happy with this deal and/or thought it was in better hands of Google.

Edited by Northgrove, May 3 2010, 11:33am :

As a happy owner of a tablet pc, I gotta say bumptop felt like a waste of time. It fit fewer icons on the screen than a regular 2d layout while managing to make them slightly harder to identify. It seems more sensible to just use folders instead of stacks, and stop pretending that throwing icons against a wall to make them bounce is somehow useful.

Perhaps there's a lot of patents they wanted to acquire without out right just copying the software... At least I hope so

BumpTop is mainly designed for touchscreen computers, like Tablet PC's. It works with a mouse, but is best when combined with a touchscreen. So Google will be making a tablet then? Hmm!

andrewbares said,
BumpTop is mainly designed for touchscreen computers, like Tablet PC's. It works with a mouse, but is best when combined with a touchscreen. So Google will be making a tablet then? Hmm!

Not sure they will, but they may certainly build Chrome OS for tablet manufacturers to ship them with.

Meh, I played with a version of BumpTop that came with my work machine's HD5770 and can't say I was that impressed with it. If Google can do something with it good for them, can't see myself using it though.

So this is what happened to BumpTop!

Too bad that notification that pops up keeps crashing Myst Online, so I have to close BT every time I play.

CoMMo said,
Google strikes again...and we thought Microsoft was a monopoly...

Throwing around Microsoft and monopoly doesn't mean you know the business world or the legalities of it. Google is spreading in what may seem like many directions but they do have clear goals. Look up the definition of monopoly and then look at what Microsoft was and now look at Google. Very different.

Xenosion said,

Throwing around Microsoft and monopoly doesn't mean you know the business world or the legalities of it. Google is spreading in what may seem like many directions but they do have clear goals. Look up the definition of monopoly and then look at what Microsoft was and now look at Google. Very different.

Control over 80%~ of the ad-provider networks...cryptic restrictive limitations on how you are / are not allowed to display their products / how you will be paid for them that basically make it so they can pay you whatever they want... using said dominance to force it's way into a new market (video-streaming ads) ... huh...

insanelyapple said,
Er, Xenosion wake up? Theyre like Microsoft.

Being one to focus at a topic at hand, no, this article does not in any way indicate Google's monopolistic practices. My only point is that Microsoft's monopoly suits were very different than Google's practices are now.

Edited by Bryan R., May 4 2010, 12:23pm :

AgentGray said,

Control over 80%~ of the ad-provider networks...cryptic restrictive limitations on how you are / are not allowed to display their products / how you will be paid for them that basically make it so they can pay you whatever they want... using said dominance to force it's way into a new market (video-streaming ads) ... huh...


And what does this article have anything to do with the advertising market? None. This purchase does not stand to prove that Google is a monopoly.