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We know there are more than a few of you out there who are hooked on PushBullet, the pushing, pulling, syncing, file and information multitool extraordinaire. Until now the app was limited to Android, Chrome, and a more generic web interface (if you can call that limited) but today they've released a Firefox extension, for those users who prefer Mozilla's infinitely extensible web browser. Version 1.0 was uploaded this weekend, ready for testing with the greater PushBullet service. It hasn't yet been verified by Mozilla, but we can confirm that it's working great. You can find it here.

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For the uninitiated, PushBullet is like a faster, less centralized version of Dropbox. Files, text, or links can be "pushed" from your desktop to your phone almost instantly, and they appear as a push notification instead of waiting for a sync. There's a developer API and support for sharing and pushing between users, among a host of other goodies. The developers have done an awesome job on the Android app: Jelly Bean 4.2 notifications are supported, and there's a DashClock plugin for power users as well. These folks get Android in a way that's undeniably refreshing.

Since the devs have decided to support Firefox instead of expecting all Android users to "go Google" with Chrome, there's really no reason not to give it a try. Unless you're using Internet Explorer. And if you are, just... wow.

Source: Mozilla Add-Ons

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.
  • https://twitter.com/#!/doomstang Doomstang

    I love pushBullet

  • Firelight

    Why the I.E. hate? It has better standards compliance with the W3. It runs flash without crashing. It's infinitely better than ... *cough* -ack- *blech*

    I just can't do it anymore. I mean have you even TRIED to use IE on a Windows 8 PC? It's a schizoid-bi-polar disaster!

    Nice to see PB getting even better. I'm a dedicated Dropbox user (a paying one that is) but I've found sending links & text to be much better via PB. Google Keep is pretty good for those simple, things, too.

    • Ryuuie

      I dunno...IE's "Metro Version" or whatever MS wants to call it IS kind of nice...for about two seconds. Then I made Chrome and Firefox my main browsers and forgot IE existed. Again.

      PB is kind of interesting. I may have to try it again since I fell in love with Pocket again.

    • Richard simpkin

      Also lack of acknowledgement of the existence of safari

    • Tim

      If you're using a Windows tablet, touch only, just try using Chrome. Chrome is impossible on touch, even the beta versions with touch features enabled. It's awful. And I'm saying that as someone who loves Chrome. Sad fact is, for touch on Windows, IE is vastly superior than the rest of the browsers. I don't want to use IE, but I have no choice. It works and is strangely reliable. Not to mention actually fast to start unlike IE on Windows 7 and lower.

      • Firelight

        I presume you are required to use a Windows tablet for your career and didn't choose it of your own accord. When in a fish bowl and you have limited options you gotta use what you gotta use. Chrome for Windows was never meant for touchscreens. Hence the poor results. I guess Google doesn't - at this time - see much point in supporting it, either.

        • Tim

          I chose a Windows tablet to replace my old netbook and wanted something that can run Windows apps I need (partly to run my freelance dev business, partly for hobby-ish use, i.e. photography apps, but full apps, not tablet apps), but also be a tablet for general use. What I've got has a dockable keyboard also so can use Chrome there but only when the keyboard is docked. Android tablets didn't offer me anything useful beyond browsing and a bigger display than my phone for trivial apps I use on my Android phone. Plus I'm not happy with any of the Android browsers with touch either. Chrome is the worst on Android. Main problem there is the virtual keyboard with many problems and Chrome would also lock up entirely at times. The other browsers are similar, though I find the stock browser on the phone the least buggy. Trust me, if Chrome had better touch support on Windows, I'd be using that. It would still be Windows though. Android is no go for my needs, though I do like Android where it suits, and I won't touch anything Apple.

  • Adam B

    I use Pushover, but Pushbullet looks more and more promising.

  • jmlares

    I'm using the web interface since I use Safari. It's decent. Does Pushover do the same thing? I just use that for IFTTT notifications currently.

    Never had any issues with Internet Explorer. It was my browser until I switched to OS X in 2006. and when I did bootcamp for those few times I needed Windows back a few years ago, and having to switch back when the first MacBook Pro was falling apart, I was also using it then. It really gets a bad reputation just because it doesn't support all the fancy stuff designers *think* it should.

    • Tim

      Most of the fancy stuff it now supports, but gets a bad rep for that also as they've tried to make it render properly by default, but that breaks all the sites that are using nasty hacks to support IE. Lol.

  • Matt

    Well, I've used Chrome to Phone (and Fox to Phone) until now because Firefox is my primary browser. Guess it's time to give PushBullet a shot.

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

      Believe me, you will not be able to go back.

      • Ryuuie

        What if you're using Pocket and Dropbox? :/

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

          Different use cases though.

          • Ryuuie

            Hmm. Might give it a try again then.

  • Booyabobby

    Never heard of pushbullet. Will have to give it a try.

  • IcyAirs

    Is this supposed to just work? Installing the add-on doesn't seem to
    add anything to my context menu or navigation toolbar and there doesn't
    seem to be any Options for the addon either.

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

      The new Firefox way is to add the stuff to the Add-on bar at the bottom. If you don't have it showing, press Ctrl-/.

  • Rob

    Love #pushbullet and glad to see that it continues to evolve.

  • Kie

    99% of the time I used Fox-to-phone was to push over Google Maps directions which Pushbullet would not do correctly. Though since the new Google Maps design Fox-to-phone doesn't work for this either. May give Pushbullet a try again and see how it works out

  • papernick

    Scatter is miles better, imo.

  • Abdullah

    It does not work on firefox . When I press on the icon, it shows me a window that says " Sign up ...... " and another option that says "sign in" when I push either of them it takes me to the website.
    I already signed in the website and installed the app on my device. It is still telling me to sign up or sign in .

    what is the problem ?