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Sep
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There are many ways to move files between your computers and your Android devices, but most of them feel like a hassle. PushBullet makes things far more simple. This combination web browser plugin/mobile app can send files and links from your computer directly to your notification tray, where you can access them without having to dig around, and its Android app just received a substantial update to version 11.1 that makes it both more attractive and accessible than before.

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The new version is a more lively affair than the prior release. The action bar is more colorful and the overall app has made adjustments to keep up with the ever changing holo UI. New icons look similar to those to be found in the Android Gmail app, and you can now browse pushes from any of your devices. Plus with the addition of new home screen and lock screen widgets, your pushes are even easier to access, assuming you consider pulling down the notification tray to be too much of a chore.

What's new:

  • Completely redesigned and improved UI!
  • You can now push files with the app
  • Check out the new home screen and lock screen widgets
  • Browse all of your pushes from any of your devices
  • Improved push reliability
  • Added options to send us feedback in the app
  • And more!

We have an interview with PushBullet in the works, so stay tuned to Android Police for more information. In the meantime, give the app a go. You can access the service via its website and a chrome extension, and it's all available for free.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Kaemo

    I don't like the UI... For some reason it looks really, really bad.

    (Maybe it's just me, though)

    • Boss

      It's simple, clean, colorful. What more do you want?

    • epsiblivion

      it's as Holo as can be. I don't see the reason to not like unless you don't like holo to begin with

      • Kaemo

        Not the Action Bar. The Action Bar isn't Holo at all.

        Why would they put the name of the app there, instead of the page you're in - like every other application? Just the PushBullet icon, next to 'Home', for example?

        I love Holo, but I am very, VERY picky. It's either Holo or a fail.

  • リン

    I lost the list of all my previous pushes :(

    • guzba

      If you don't see them right away, they might be under 'All Pushes' in the navigation drawer. I'm looking into what's causing the trouble. Either way, since you haven't deleted them, i'll fix the bug and they'll be back :)

      • リン

        I've looked under 'All Pushes' and they are not there but yeah, never deleted them so them must still be there somewhere. Really appreciate your hardwork and effort, thank you!

        • santi

          same problem . all the previous pushes are pufffff in the air. nothing left. i even serched under the pllow

  • santi

    same problem as Kaemo. After the update, All of my previous pushes are gone

    • guzba

      I'll be fixing this very soon. They're not actually gone, just a bug affecting some people :(

  • リン

    On another note, where does 'pushed' files get saved to on the phone? I've tried to push a file and its on the Push Bullet list, but I can't seem to locate it anywhere on the phone?

    • randomchars

      The same folder where files downloaded via the browser go.

  • Bjajjull

    "We're unable to get your available devices for pushing right now, sorry!" :(
    I've tried at least 10 times on my N7 and N4.

    • guzba

      Shoot me an email at ryan@pushbullet.com and we'll get you up and running :)

      • http://www.meadiciona.com/vinnydd VinnyDD

        Same here =(. I've tried at my S3, but nothing until now.

      • Ed

        Same problem for me on Droid MAXX. Will email.

  • Robertof

    Wow, I didn't know Pushbullet, it looks like a great idea!

    Also I think there is a little bug on the Firefox extension, this link is broken (404): http://r.cf.gs/sc/zcXVK.png

    • guzba

      Thanks for the heads up, we'll have that fixed very soon. These are the things that sneak by when you rebuild everything haha. In the meantime you can still push files, you'll just have to go to pushbullet.com directly instead of from the extension.

      • Robertof

        Also I don't know if it's me, but it looks like the extension is a lot slower than the website. By the way, keep up the good work!

    • Ben

      same here on chrome

  • smachalek

    I really wish there was a way to "group" shared devices from the web/plugin interface. Being able to push a file/link quickly to a team would be amazing.

    • guzba

      Oooh, I like this idea. I'll keep it in mind going forward for sure :)

  • AHMed SAMir

    it looks good, but i prefer #qrsend for local file transfer. it's like the best ans simple app ever. and it's free, i just hate its app icon, it's so ugly.

    google play link is
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=us.attak.qrsend

  • AkhilSood

    Wow never knew this existed, all those links can finally be pushed rather than get a QR code and scanning that. Off goes the QR maker extension.

  • LiamBryant

    I would love this app so much more if it could push things from a phone/tablet to a computer as well as the reverse.

  • Raymond Berger

    Dropbox seems to work really well for storing/transfering files between devices.

  • Matthew Fry

    Plug for Scatter. I have no connection to the app, I just really like it (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.appfour.scatter)

  • Kareem

    it would be great if we can view what was pushed and edit it from PC. Like item list.

  • meth0d

    i think the link on the bottom of your website(https://www.pushbullet.com/) that points to the google play store is broken fyi.

  • avinash_g

    The previous version was gingerbread compatible
    Now...its only 4.0+
    :-(