10
Feb
pushupdate

PushBullet, the dynamic, practical push notification app we included in our top five roundup yesterday got a nice update today. The update brings the app to version 8 and introduces a feature that makes it even more awesome – the ability to push to others' devices or have them push to your own.

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You might be wondering why this is such an awesome feature. Well, today's post to the PushBullet blog explains that with a few examples: users can push each other the address to a new restaurant, a quick grocery list update, a cheerful image, or use sharing to "Rickroll your friends in a new and exciting way."

Sharing devices with other PushBullet users is easy – just head to your online dashboard at PushBullet.com and hit the "Share" button next to a device.

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The meat of this functionality lives in PushBullet's online dashboard, but the app received some attention as well. Besides bug fixes, the app now supports Gingerbread and Honeycomb devices, and will give you a preview (in the notification tray) of any image being pushed to your device.

For more information on the update, check out the official PushBullet blog, linked below, and hit the widget to grab the update.

Update: After some quick testing, we've hit just a couple of bugs – it seems that the app's Chrome extension doesn't recognize shares just yet, and long list items can't be properly viewed before completion. Finally, when a friend pushes to your device, the notification appears to have come from your own account. Of course, we've reported all of these to the developer, and will hopefully be seeing another update soon.

Update 2: We've heard back from the developer with assurance that the above issues are being looked into and will hopefully be fixed in an upcoming weekly update.

Update 3: It looks like the notification name bug mentioned above has already been fixed, and we've heard from the dev that a Firefox extension will be coming "very soon."

Source: PushBullet Blog

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • Jason Banich

    So its basically the same as texting a friend something, except its a notification

    • Jason Banich

      I thought the same thing, but tried it and here is my impression: You can send multiple things: a to do list, <10meg file, address, note, and link.

      If you send a to do list, they get an actual to do list as a notification, where they cross stuff off and whatnot. Address, if you click the notification it takes you to maps. File, it actually downloads the file automatically (not sure if it only does that on wifi, or what settings for that is). the notification for link, also directly takes you to the link. So it cuts out some steps, and being able to send a todo list is pretty neat IMO.

      • didibus

        Maybe, but I already use a todo app that has share functionality to the people I need to share lists with... so is there anything else this does?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Technically, yes, but it's so much more convenient and instant. And it supports pushing files and lists you can then check off.

      It's what Chrome 2 Phone should have been if Google kept developing it.

      I'm going to immediately start using it so my wife can push things like these straight to my notification: http://i.imgur.com/LQhJrZo.png

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Just spotted a bug - there's no way to actually see the end of that unless you go landscape, which is less than ideal and will still fail if the notification is long. I'll report it to the PushBullet team.

      • http://twitter.com/punitvthakkar Punit Thakkar

        One highly illegal drug.
        You sir, gave me my first lol of the day. :D

  • moelsen8

    Does it do device to device without having to login to the web dashboard? That would make this the ultimate app!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      It doesn't have any sending capabilities in the Android app - just receiving. At least not yet.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    FYI, looks like device sharing works on the web only - our test devices showed up there in the list, but not in the Chrome extension. Maybe it needs to be updated first.

  • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

    This is the first time I'm hearing about this app (missed out on the earlier post). So, it sounds like this is taking the Chrome-to-phone project and updating it (in concept anyway) is that right?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Exactly. And outside of the lack of a Firefox extension, which is coming soon, it's already better.

  • I Don’t Want to Log In

    Anyone figured out why you have to give access to your Google account just to use it? That gives the devs a LOT of access to other things. They haven't stated why it needs one, it's just weird.

    • I Don’t Want to Log In

      Same guy here. Disqus logs me out far too damn much so I'm not logging in anymore. Ugh.

  • bse88

    If it really want to replace Chrome 2 Phone, it needs to allow me to automatically open pushed links in my phone.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      That's a good point, though I always turn that off in C2P.

  • John Joyce

    Great app. Thanks for the tip.

  • tjennhw

    Okay... Chrome to phone pushes links and text with right click. Pushbullet is a step backwards. Pushing notifications to a friend as a feature? Is there any communication app that doesn't already do that?

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