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The PushBullet team has been cranking out new features for their file-synching app as of late, making it that much easier to get files from an Android device onto a PC (and back again) without having to deal with any bothersome cables or heavy cloud services. Now the team has crossed yet another milestone - they've made PushBullet more of a social experience. In the past, users could pair directly with their friends' individual devices. Now, friends are organized as contacts, and all you need is an email address to push files to anyone you wish.

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Sharing with others is easier than before. Just add new ones by entering their email address into either the app or on the PushBullet website. They will then appear in your list of available targets whenever you want to push a file. The behavior works both within the Android app and the PushBullet browser extensions.

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Recipients who have PushBullet installed will get a notification on their device, just as if they had pushed the file themselves. Those who don't will still receive the file, but it will come in the form of an email.

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The update is already live in the Play Store, so have at it. You, and your friends, will be glad you did.

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. He now lives in the City of Bridges, adjusting to the presence of actual snow. His phone of choice is the HTC One.

  • RitishOemraw

    So it is organized? Because sharing files through email wasn't that bad/hard or was it?

    Note: That I am a Pushbullet user, but I just think this isn;t such a big deal.

    • BambooDeren

      Just another way to send files without cluttering your email.

      • Itchy_Robot

        perfectly said

  • Cat Astrophy

    Please describe "heavy cloud service". There's nothing wrong or hard about SkyDrive, Box, or Dropbox

    • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

      You're right, there is nothing wrong or hard about those services.

      But if someone's only goal is to get a file from point A to point B, those options come with a bunch of other unneeded features and functionality. This makes them "heavier" than PushBullet, which is more of a one trick pony.

    • Credible Hulk

      Try sharing links from one device to another using Box, Dropbox, ... You'll have your answer.

      • Cat Astrophy

        I deploy and administer 300+ enterprise Box.com accounts at a university and use dropbox at home. Either are very simple to sync or share links to other people.

        • Credible Hulk

          I'm curious, how do you share links using Dropbox? You copy the URL, create a. txt file, paste the URL in it, then upload the .txt file to dropbox, then open it from another device, copy the URL and paste it in a browser?

        • Okey

          Right, please tell me how you can instantly share a link, note, address, list or file with dropbox, box.com.

          You can't which is why this is great. You right click and bam its on your phone.

          • Okey

            In addition with this I use FilePush for sending files instantaneously via wi-fi. You simply cannot do that with dropbox, box.com

          • Cat Astrophy

            ? sync = instant share for all files

  • Itchy_Robot

    This is a wonderful app. I have been using it now for a couple weeks, and find myself using it more and more. Im sure I will use it even more now that I can push to friends.

    Hey devs, how about Push to Chromecast =)

    • guzba

      Dev here, and I have a Chromecast so I totally get why this will be awesome. Can't say when we'll get it out or what's possible right now, but I've got my eye on it at least :)

      • telbany94

        @guzba:disqus bro, u've done such a great job with this app, it's one of my very essential apps ,I've been looking for an app like PB for a long time.
        I'm asking for a feature that permits user to push APKs and let the app automatically install them , that would be such a wonderful feature .
        keep the great work

        • guzba

          Thanks a lot. We've actually been talking about making APK installation automatic so we'll put you down in the "in favor" category.

          • xnifex

            add me to that list too please.

          • Rmarrtyr

            Fantastic app, I use PB every day. Would this functionality not pose a significant security risk (pushing files to be automatically installed)?

          • akshay7394

            I think he means that if you click on the notification, then it pops up and starts installing without you having to (again) click "Install" at the permissions screen. (I could be wrong, but that's what it sounds like.

          • telbany94

            thQ , wish u all the best :)

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  • Bruce Kraft

    this is what chrome to phone should have been...

  • xnifex

    How is this going to work with friends that have multiple devices?

    • guzba

      Now when you push to her it will go to both of her devices, then once she dismisses/clicks on it on one of them, we automatically dismiss it on the other. (So no one is annoyed by multiple notifications.)

      • xnifex

        Look at you using Google's Unified Notifications like an awesome developer! I know you guys all quit your jobs & are doing this full time, you should make some type of donate thing. I love this app & use it all the time while & work & wanting to send stuff to my tablet.

  • Chris

    When it has push to Firefox (which I was told is coming when I asked by email) it will be perfect.