Bump App Update: Transfer Photos From Your Phone to Computer With Just a Tap

May 24, 2012 9:00am
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Bump, an app for Android phones and the iPhone, has made it very easy for people to transfer photos or money from one phone to another. It’s now set its sights on transfers from a phone to a computer.

Today the company is announcing an update to its app that will now let users transfer photos from their phones to their computers by just tapping the phone on the space bar.

“Sharing photos has been a big use case for Bump. Over 600 million photos have been shared using Bump in the last two years, and we now wanted to enable bumping with your computer,” Bump CEO and co-founder David Lieb told ABC News.

From today on, you will be able to select the photos you want to transfer in the Bump app, go to the Bump website on your computer, and then tap the phone on the spacebar key to transfer them. In order for it to work you have to enable location sharing on your computer’s web browser.

According to Lieb, the feature works with most modern web browsers, including Firefox, Chrome, and Safari. There are some sporadic issues with Internet Explorer, he says.

So how does it all work? The new app uses the same technology in Bump’s self-titled app and in Bump Pay. A combination of the sensors in the phone and Bump’s Cloud services allow the phone and computer to communicate and then transfer the photos.

We tried out the feature and it worked just as promised. Within four seconds, four photos from an Android 4.0 phone popped up in the Bump website and we had the option to download them to the computer’s hard drive. It certainly beat emailing them or having to dig out the transfer cable.

The Bump app is available now; if you already have the app, an update enabling the phone-to-computer transfer will be available for download today.

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