Bump: Tap Your Phones Together To Exchange Data

Bump is a phone app that lets users swap data and information by lightly tapping their phones together. The app has become quite popular to iPhone and Android users. Millions of users are currently using Bump right now. If it so happens that you have not heard of Bump until now, here’s a quick overview:

How it Works:

There are two parts to Bumptm: the app running on your device and a smart matching algorithm running on their servers in the cloud. The app on your phone uses the phone’s sensors to literally “feel” the bump, and it sends that info up to the cloud. The matching algorithm listens to the bumps from phones around the world and pairs up phones that felt the same bump.


First, all communications between your phone and our servers are encrypted and sent using https – the same encryption that is used for online banking. Second, the nice thing about Bump is that *you* are in control of deciding with whom you share your information. You don’t have to worry about anyone being able to get at your information unless you physically bump your phone with theirs. Finally, they promise never to share any of your personal information with any third parties.

The company plans to keep the app free or offer the basic version of Bump.

What makes this app very interesting is that you can use Bump to swap data between two phones that uses different operating system. This simply means that you can “Bump” an iPhone with an Android phone (since it is only available in those two platforms). It’s great to think that in the future, where other phones and operating system will be able to use Bump and exchange information with other phones regardless of the model and OS it is running on.

Latest News :

Bump recently released and open letter to App Developers regarding their API. You can read the detailed letter after making the jump here. If you want to catch the most important part of the letter, check out the text below.

So, what can you do with the Bump API? Just about anything. The Bump API uses our Bump matching technology to identify another mobile phone and then creates a messaging channel between the two handsets. Your users will be able to establish connections, exchange data, authenticate interactions…all with the same speed and simplicity that millions of people enjoy with the Bump app today.

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