In the olden days of tech, way back when people used Palm Pilots, you could send contacts, calendar dates, and other information directly from device to device by beaming the information. But that was ages ago, when people still used PDA’s (personal digital assistants) and mingled with dinosaurs.
Then smartphones appeared that took pictures and people wanted to share their pictures. But the only way to share them was to either attach them in an email or send them via text message.
Bump, available for free in the iTunes App Store and Android Market, allows you to transfer contacts, photos, music, calendar dates, apps and your information from one smartphone to another by bumping the phones together. Not only is the app free and fast, it’s fun! I dare you to use this app without a big grin on your face.
The great news is that the app works between devices so you can send information from Android phones to iPhones and vice versa. The app also works on iPad and iPod Touch devices so you can share information among all of these.
The iPhone version of the app has a few more features than the Android version. The iPhone version gives you the ability to send music and calendar dates as well. With the iPhone app you can also send your contacts, photos and messages to other Bump users without having to be close by.
With the iPhone app you can add friends which gives you the ability to send messages and all the Bump information you could send if you were close to each other. Your friends need to have Bump loaded and then you can share information with each other.
Here’s a video explaining how Bump works:
Let’s say you’re at a business conference and want to exchange contact information with someone you just met. You pull out your iPhone, she pulls out her Android phone, you open your Bump apps, bump and share your contact information. Fun, fast and way cool!
Or let’s say you’re at a family reunion. You take a bunch of pictures with your phone of your kids playing with their cousins. You can Bump with your family members to share the pictures right away.
Handy Tip: Allow the Bump app to use your location for quicker results. I’m not a big fan of apps knowing where you are if they don’t need to (see, Apps: To Push Or Not To Push?). But with Bump, you will be much more successful transferring your information if you allow the app to determine your location.
If you have an Android phone, iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, you should grab this free app now. You will be happy you did next time you want to share contact information, photos or other information with others. You may not be sharing just your information, you may also be sharing a giggle!
Do you share photos and contact information with others? How do you share the information? Have you used Bump? Let us know in the Comments section below!
* Image by Marlo Gayle
** Image by Katkamin