By Joe Levi | April 22, 2011 2:39 PM
Bump is one of the coolest concepts in smartphone apps. In short it lets you share information on your phone with someone else. What’s more, it’s cross-platform. But let’s back up for a minute.
Back in the “olden days” if you wanted to transfer something to someone else you pulled out your Palm Pilot or Pocket PC, lined up the IR ports, and “beamed” the file to the other person. IR was slow, distances were limited, and you had to “beam” to the same kind of device as yours. There were some apps (we called them “programs” back then) that enabled very limited cross-platform functionality, but they didn’t always work, and whatever you transferred had to scale down to the “lowest common denominator”.
Bluetooth promised to fix all that — but didn’t.
So the folks behind Bump came up with a solution with used an app as the data translation layer, your data connection as the transfer conduit, and your geo-location and a simple “bumping” gesture to “pair” two devices together.
Version 1.0 of the app was pretty good, but I grew frustrated with the several times it generally took before a successful pairing was made. I mean really, how many times are you willing to smack your phone into someone else’s just to swap business cards? It got to the point that I stopped using it.
Hopefully that’s all about to change with the release for Bump 2.0 for Android.
This version is reportedly faster, more reliable, and brings the UI of the Android app in-line with that of their iOS app. A new feature is the ability to exchange information with friends that you’ve previously bumped with — even if they’re half a world away.
So, I’m giving it a second try. Now I just need to find someone to bump with.
Source: Bump Blog