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When Bump showed up on the smartphone scene, it was something of a novelty, but at the time it delivered file sync and transfer faster and easier than anything else. But with the proliferation of Dropbox, Google Drive and innumerable others, the game has changed. Bump plays a bit of catch-up today with an updated Android and web app, which allows users to send files between PCs (web) and mobile devices with ease.

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They call the new capability "Bump Your Computer". Far from an invitation to laptop catastrophe, it's every bit as simple as the app itself: go to the Bu.mp website, select a file, picture, contact, etc. on your phone with the bump app, tap your spacebar, and the service will send/display the item on your computer. (Yes, you really have to tap the keyboard - the accelerometer in your phone or tablet tells Bump's servers to initiate the transfer.) 

It's not the most secure or natural movement, but as long as both devices have a stable Internet connection, it's incredibly fast - you don't need to log into anything, on the app or the website, and verification is a single button. Sending files from your computer to your phone is almost as easy, once you've connected them. Just click the "send files to your device" link in the corner. The convenience factor makes it compelling - this might just beat out Airdroid as my go-to app for quick uploads and downloads.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stefano-Lovecchio/100000656644606 Stefano Lovecchio

    Are you sure that is a new feature? I've tested Bump one year ago and it was there : /
    My screenshot of 9 May 2012: http://www.ispaziomac.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Schermata-05-2456057-alle-17.51.36.png

    • http://twitter.com/Vizualize a.d.AM

      Same here. They say its new but youve been able to do that for a while now. I think what is new though is you can "reverse bump" from comp to phone.

      • http://geniousatplay.blogspot.com/ Bikram Agarwal

        I was thinking the same. Seriously, sometimes I read some 'new feature' news across different blogs which is actually very old feature and I think "Am I in a Matrix?? Is this all an illusion? Punked?"

        Anyway, here's the breakdown for bu.mp -
        First version - You could transfer photos from Mobile to PC.
        next version - They claimed file transfer from mobile to PC. The app said you can do so. but the bu.mp website wasn't ready to accepts files yet. This was the state since last one month or so, I think.

        Why all outlets started reporting this as a new feature today is - today bu.mp started actually accepting file transfers other than photos.

  • A J

    Bump is not showing as updated in Google Play, still shows version 3.4.8

  • http://twitter.com/trickedoutdavid David Margolin

    i call bull... bu.mp has always been available as a bump to pc file transfer...

  • http://geniousatplay.blogspot.com/ Bikram Agarwal

    One thing you might want to add in the post - you need to have "Location" enabled on both your devices (Mobile/PC) and allow bump to access your location. Without location, it's a no go.

  • Adam Miah

    This feature was added a long time ago. Publicity stunt I believe.lol

  • Mr. Mark

    im pretty sure they labeled the app Bump because you bump your phone against the keyboard. having been called Bump for a long time now, common sense dictates that "bump your computer" is not a new idea and has been around since the app was first introduced almost a year ago.

  • TechGuy21

    lol iphone is NFCless :D

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    Bump realizes they have become irrelevant thanks to QR codes and NFC, so they are re-announcing this as an attention grab. My guess is that we'll hear about somebody buying them up in the next few months, and this will really just be about raising the selling price a little bit more.

  • gladgura

    I share files to & from my computer and phone all the time with dropbox. I fail to see the advantage (for me). with dropbox it also backups via cloud.