Hoccer – It’s Fun To Share!

Ever get depressed that you don’t play much sports these days with all this technological revolution and web 2.0 stuff? Hoccer has the best of both worlds. After downloading this app I immediately had the wife download it as well, pulled her outside, and began pretending Hoccer was some kind of game. Well it’s not so much a game as it is a way to “share your data using intuitive gestures” as ART+COM Technologies would put it.

Had you not noticed already the name of the app is a play-on-words with an ad-hoc network and the action of throwing. The app uses an ad-hoc network, a network that does not have a base station, to send and receive data with people nearby. It works through two gestures that are currently supported which are throwing/catching and sweeping. To throw selected data you physically pretend you are throwing your phone (hold on tight) and then the person at the other end holds up their phone as if to catch it. Sweeping simply requires you drag the file from one phone to another in a sweeping motion. For a complete demonstration of the app watch the video below.


I was quite impressed that it supports transfer of all files, data, and media types that you have on your phone. Although I am not sure of exactly how the service works technically I found that it did not always work while inside for some reason. The moment I stepped outside me and the wife we’re “Hoccing” photos and files back and forth like we were playing baseball. This is one of those apps that you wish came pre-installed on everyone’s phone because it is so useful. I imagine the day when it is such a popular service that I’m doing a presentation and I need to distribute notes to the audience and so instead of wasting paper, time, and money I just throw it out to everyone. An extremely clever app that is bound to impress you. Go try it out now for free from the Android Market! Did I forget to mention it was a winner of ADC2?

  • Rene

    Looks and sounds nice, but the apps uses way to many access. Read/Write my contacts, read/write my SMS, read my browser habits and my location!?

    For a data and filesharing application that is too much, I do not trust this app.

    • We are sorry for needing so many permissions on your Andoid phone. But when you think about it it's a side effect when providing a full power data sharing App. Somehow the content has to be read/written. See our blog posts on http://tech.artcom.de/blog for further details.


    • Ya I can attest that all those permissions are needed because as I stated in the article you can literally share everything including SMS, Contacts, Browser Bookmarks…etc

      Although they are some very personal permissions and I understand your concern their is no other way they can offer such a powerful program without access to your files.

  • About not working inside:
    I think it needs a GPS fix to 'hoc' only data between parties that are close to each other . You won't want to share data with someone far away who just happened to have his/her phone up in the air 🙂

    About the permissions:
    If you want to share contacts or messages using Hoccer, which it claims to do, then it needs those permissions. Read them from the thrower and write them on the catcher.

    But you're right: You contact data, message, etc. does go through their servers. What do they do with it? Do they store it, or just forward it and immediately delete it? I can't find a page on their web-site talking about what they do with *your* data.

    But then again, you send *all* of your data over your ISP provider.

    • As I understand it doesn't go through anyones servers… I thought an ad-hoc network is only between then sending and receiving parties?

      • It's not using blue-tooth and i don't think you can easily setup point-to-point connection between phones when using 3G (or even WiFi). That leaves only one option: the internet.

        I just found this on their site:

        "How does Hoccer transport the files from phone to phone?"
        Well, first of all, it does not use Bluetooth. Hoccer needs an internet connection. If you throw a file it is tagged with your current location and send to a server. When someone performs the catch gesture within a few seconds Hoccer contacts the server and asks for pending files at the receivers location. If both locations are in range the file is sent to the receiver.

        The issue remains: What is Hoccer doing with our data? I don't see any "Terms of Use" or something similar on their web-site.

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  • Although they are some very personal permissions and I understand your concern their is no other way they can offer such a powerful program without access to your files.

  • It’s really great!