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Video: Why Bump should be on your smartphone now

When it debuted in 2009, I took a look at Bump, the mobile app for iOS(s aapl) that wirelessly transfers data between a pair iPhones. At the time, I thought it was ingenious, because it initiated the transfer with a simple bumping of the two phones. Later the software arrived for Android(s goog), allowing for cross-platform sharing, and for a while I kept it on my phone. Over time, my usage dropped and eventually, I stopped re-installing it on new phones. Now it’s back.

In fact, Bump now has a coveted place on my smartphone home screens and not just for the original sharing feature. The team added a share to desktop feature for photos, and it’s stellar. To use it, you have to open a browser window to — which I now have as a dedicated bookmark in my browsers. Then, using the mobile application, you choose what objects you want to move from phone to computer. Finally, you “bump” the phone with the space bar on your computer’s keyboard. BOOM! Bump transfers the files to the computer in a split second.

This type of technology is welcome because at this point, we really shouldn’t be attaching smartphones to computers via a USB or other cable for data transfer. Our pocketable computers have multiple connectivity methods built in so to transfer a photo from one place to another, for example, wireless is the way to go. And the key feature here is the simplistic interface and action to initiate the transfer. There’s no network configuration, no IP addresses, and no pairing numbers to enter. That’s important for those new to smartphones.

Welcome back to my phone, Bump; I’ve missed you!

13 Responses to “Video: Why Bump should be on your smartphone now”

  1. Ok, Drop Box guy….Drop box is BORING! Sharing photos should be fun. iCloud does that and more. iPhoto for IOS has photo journals, and they are awesome and easy to share. You can give ur photos personality, text and do some editing to put Photoshops app to shame.

    Bonus…iCloud makes it supper easy to share. For transferring to your own computer, Photo stream copies it to your computer weather you are standing next to it or in another state.

    It is, I have to admit, a cool effect to immediately share in a flash, in a flashy way. Same for the phone. Sharing content ect, might be what sets it apart. Who doesnt like a lot of “bumping”!

    QUESTION: Does BUMP save the pics you bump on to their website, or the hard drive of that computer. Likely it is their site. You probably can save from their site, but look into WHO can also be sharing your photos.

  2. Harry

    Is it transferring photos at full resolution? For me, with an iPhone, photo stream is a much better way to transfer photos with no effort needed. I could also just email it to myself. On android, I just have it auto upload to google+. Again, no effort required.

    • Sure Dropbox is great – I use it daily. But not everyone does, so if you want to share a mobile photo with them and they only have a laptop or desktop in use, why not open the browser to and hit the spacebar?

      • Matthew Evans

        Why not just send them a Dropbox link directly to the photo via the Dropbox public sharing feature? This is neat (from a technology perspective) but it seems a little late, unless you’re already a Bump user.

        • Agreed, that works well also. I’m envisioning things that Bump can/will potentially do that a link won’t, i.e.: You can share app recommendations and contact data with Bump. Not so easy to do with Dropbox, Google Drive, etc… because they’re not always files, but are instead data objects. Still, point taken!