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Jan
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Pushbullet has received its first update of 2014, and it's one centered around improving the notification mirroring experience. The app, which makes it easy to exchange files and notifications between multiple devices, already allows Google Chrome and Firefox users to have each notification they receive show up on their PC as well. Now notifications that do so can be dismissed from either device. This saves people from reading messages on their desktops but having to reach for the phone to actually clear them.

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The pop-up also provides options to prevent notifications belonging to specific apps from being mirrored in the future. Accidental clicks are forgiven though, as there is the option to quickly re-enable apps from within the pop-up or the Android app itself.

What's new:

  • Dismiss your phone's notifications or disable mirroring right from Chrome!
  • Notification mirroring (desktop notifications) duplicate filtering improved
  • View your sent pushes in the app (from the drawer)!
  • Devices and contacts you can push to load a lot faster
  • And fixed a bunch of little issues :)

Android 4.3 or higher is still required for this to work, as prior versions prevent apps from dismissing other apps' notifications. That said, people with older devices can still quickly re-enable mirroring and take advantage of the other functionality mentioned in the changelog above. The app itself is available for free below.

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.

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  • Dominic Powell

    El Goog needs to just acquire the pushbullet team. QUALITY. top 5 app in the app store. Can't wait for this to roll out to my Moto X.

    • Julio M

      No. Please no. We don't need any exclusivity on this app. If anything, Google should have some of the Moto X features in the OS by default.

      • Imparus

        Like what?

        • Julio M

          Touchless control and active display.

          • Nathan Blume

            Active display doesn't make much sense on anything other than an AMOLED display. Even if they made it disabled by default, there would be idiots with other display types enabling it and then complaining about battery drain.

          • Cerberus_tm

            How does that work again? I thought it only turned on the screen for a couple of seconds to display notifications? Surely that won't take up too much energy compared to the other things we do on our phones all day?

          • Nathan Blume

            I haven't timed it, but I estimate that the screen comes on for about 5 seconds, then goes off for about 10 seconds. If you don't have an AMOLED screen, your screen will be on roughly 33% of the time, in addition to the time you are actually using it. With the AMOLED, maybe only 10% or less of the pixels are turned on, so that 33% turns to 3.3% in terms of battery usage. Not saying it won't work on other displays, it just won't be as efficient with the battery. Try DynamicNotifications from the Play Store and see how it works. With that one, you can completely customize how long and how often the screen comes on.

          • Cerberus_tm

            Ah, so you are saying it keeps turning off and on all the time until you cancel a notification? That's tough! And think of all the wake-locks...perhaps I will try that application sometime.

          • Nathan Blume

            Yes, Motorola calls it "breathing." I used DynamicNotifications for several months on my Samsung Fascinate, but it also had an AMOLED screen. It worked well, and it allowed a lot of customization that the Moto version doesn't have.

          • Cerberus_tm

            Hmm have you measured the difference in battery use if you used it for a day, and turned it off another day? My Galaxy Nexus does have an AMOLED screen, but my battery already runs out very fast, even without many wake-locks.

          • Nathan Blume

            No, I'm not sure I could live without it for a day! I have no trouble making it through a day without mid-day charging, so it is not a concern for me. I was just cautioning that using it on non-AMOLED screens might not have the same results in terms of battery usage.

      • Dominic Powell

        I wasn't saying make this exclusive for moto X. I was saying i can't wait until this update is pushed to my Moto X (which it was).

        However, i do believe pushbullet's feature set is definitely becoming stock Android worthy, hence why i wanted el GOOG to purchase pushbullet. Because this app deserves to be on every android device. EVERY single one.

        • Julio M

          Ok. If you put it that way, maybe. In the context of your first comment, roll out implied the integration of pushbullet features in possibly the next version of kitkat or its successor.

          How many devices do you think will get a timely update then? It's only going to halt development of an app that currently serves more devices than it would do during the next "roll out". I also wish it could be on every single device, but that will require killing off many of the old ones that will certainly never get it.

  • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

    So, SO awesome. At this point PushBullet is an app I'd pay for.

    • Roy

      That it's true, this app is so funtional in so many ways I didn't even know that I needed. I'll be more that happy to throw my money at them.

    • Gabriel Melo

      Cheers for the PushBullet guys. This notification mirroring on PC is so useful - I found myself thinking about how awesome it is one of these days. I just don't have to reach for my phone every 5 minutes and I'm still able to keep updated on what's happening on my phone. Even if it's sitting silently across the room. Thanks a lot PB!

      • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

        I forgot my phone at the office and was able to respond to people messaging me through other ways because I had Push Bullet! It's incredibly handy indeed :)

        • John Smith

          MightyText!

    • anzensepp1987

      I'd easily pay $5 for this app!

      • kevin_gee

        Shhhhh

  • http://lightyear.be teranex

    The notification mirroring feature also works on Firefox btw.

  • Ben

    Incredible, works a charm! Thanks androidpolice wouldn't have found this app otherwise!

  • Sorian

    ... I'm not having much luck. Have the extension in Chrome and installed the app on phone. Notification access is on. I send a text message from a different device, no notification on Chrome or in Pushbullet's website inbox. I can send pushes from Chrome to phone though.

    • guzba

      We don't store your phone's notifications anywhere yet (may someday to offer notification history browsing). Your Pushbullet inbox contains the things you've pushed between your devices through our system.

      Did you see a notification about the text message on your computer or nothing at all?

      • Sorian

        @guzba:disqus - No notification about the text message on my computer.

        I just pushed a note from the phone to the desktop and that does work. Chrome is Version 32.0.1700.72 m, Phone is a Galaxy S3 Cyanogen Mod Rom 10.2 / Android 4.3.1. App and extension were just installed say 20 minutes ago.

        • guzba

          Hmm. Shoot me an email at hey@pushbullet.com and lets see if we can figure out whats going wrong :)

      • Dan Cross

        New desktop notifications aren't appearing for me either. Extension is version 17 and the app is the latest one also. Could it be because I'm using a Chromebook?

        • guzba

          Hmm. Chromebooks should be just fine. Are you not seeing any notifications at all or do they just not have buttons?

          • Dan Cross

            Desktop notifications are the same as before. They don't include the buttons/options to dismiss notifications from the device.

          • guzba

            Good news, I think I figured out the issue for Chromebooks. I'll have an update out later today. Watch for v18 or higher :)

          • Dan Cross

            Excellent. Thanks very much!

          • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

            Aren't Chromebooks based on Ubuntu? Why are they doing fine with rich notifications?

          • JPB

            No, they're not Ubuntu. They are Linux though.

    • Jiggy

      Yeah, I have also noticed the mirroring on chrome feature is a bit hit-and-miss. Hopefully it will get sorted out in future iterations.

  • varagor

    The next step - actionable notifiactions on the desktop.

  • TechWings

    I get notifications, but none of the advanced features, i.e., no disabling or dismissing.

    • guzba

      Are you on Linux? Turns out Linux doesn't support Chrome's Rich notifications which we use to add the buttons. This is a Chrome limitation that we can't get round right now :(

      • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

        Oh, what a shame! I use Ubuntu and I was hoping to use this feature =( There's really no way around it?

        • guzba

          Chrome doesn't support it and we use Chrome for notifications so we're out of luck :(

          We're planning on having apps for Windows/Mac/Linux though soon which will let us have anything we want :)

          • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

            I'm looking forward to this "anything we want", oh yeah I am =]

          • Jiggy

            Should these notifications work on a chromebook though? I have the Acer C720 chromebook, and sometimes the notifications don't appear on it.

          • Jiggy

            Sorry, just saw your response below.

          • NemaCystX

            I'd much rather have a Windows Client than a Chrome Extension taking up my ram lol do you see the amount of RAM that Chrome takes up? Don't get me wrong, I love Chrome, its my default browser, but its a memory hog

          • Guest

            anything we want? hmm

          • Slawootsky

            Is the Metro app also under consideration? I'd really love to have my Android phone's notifications on my Windows tablet.

          • nightfishing

            New features fail to work on ChromeOS also; although other extensions seem to be able to access the Rich Notification feature (i.e Checker Plus for GMAIL)

          • guzba

            This should now be fixed in v19 of the extension :)

          • nightfishing

            Very cool. just tried it out! Thanks for the response.

      • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

        Ahh, thanks for reminding me why I wasn't already using PushBullet. I'd forgotten about the Chrome + Linux incompatibility. Running Chrome Beta, though, so hope to see Google push feature parity sooner.

        (Just how much richer are your rich notifications that they don't work? My Prime Player and Checker Plus for GMail seem rich-ish in their notifications)

      • TechWings

        ChromeOS. So...idk...

        • guzba

          This should be fixed for ChromeOS in the latest update (v19).

          • TechWings

            It was. Thanks!

    • NemaCystX

      works great on Windows 8.1

      make sure you have the latest application client running on the PC (in this case, Chrome Extension)

    • John Smith

      update the Pushbullet Chrome Extension to Version #17+.

      • TechWings

        I'm running ChromeOS Dev Channel on a Pixel, if that makes a difference.

  • NemaCystX

    It was a pleasant surprise this morning when I started to get these notifications without doing anything. Love the new update

  • Oobiewan

    at last notification leds on my tablet and phone won't drive me crazy everytime i get a notification

  • Martin

    Love it! But what about the privacy with this notification? Do they get all our messages?

    • guzba

      Your notifications are being sent over our system so that we can show them on your computer. We use secure connections for all of our communication so no one is able to read your notifications (other than us, which is unavoidable since we show them to you). Did this help?

      • Martin

        Yes, thank you :-)

        • http://the-jade-domain.com Jaime J. Denizard

          If your getting emails with credit card numbers, you're already in trouble. Email is not secure at all.

  • Marcell Lévai

    I hope one day they will support Opera too :S

  • JPB

    Ah, I saw that little x but couldn't figure out exactly what it was trying to tell me to do. I love this. I use Pushbullet so that I don't miss my husband's nightly, "I'm on the x:xx train" text. Nice to know that I won't have to visit the note later on my phone if I've dismissed it on my Chromebook or PC.

    PS - Chromebook + PushBullet + Airdroid makes for an awesome trio if you are also and Android user.

  • Grimmjow

    My understanding is that it should dismiss the notification on the device, if it is sure that i read the notification on my desktop. So if i click on the main body of the notification, that should do it. Clicking on the small "dismiss on device" is bit hard to do in 5 seconds that you get.

  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

    Great way to start the year with awesome features. I had submitted a couple of requests to the devs.

    1) Tag the notifications with device name. I have pushbullet on both my android devices. Now, when some notification pops up on my computer, I have no way of knowing which device pushed it. Tagging the notification with device name will help.
    2) Allow push of multiple files together. Currently, you can push only one file at a time. Say, if I want to transfer 3 screenshot pngs from my device to my computer, I either need to push them one by one or manually zip them myself and then push that zip. I want to be able to select all 3 pngs and be able to push it that way. if needed, Pushbullet can zip it in the background. That's one feature I liked in Bump.

    And if possible, bring out an ios version. if that happens, Pushbullet will be on its way to world domination.

  • Andy Stetson

    Now we just need to be able to SMS/MMS through PushBullet (like MightyText and others) for the perfect all in one solution! Already love the crap outta this app, gets better every update!

  • Qbancelli

    This and Gravity Screen are the two best apps ever for the N5

  • Rob Cook

    I got this update today and saw the dismiss notification, this is so cool.

  • Logic Defyer

    There is just one more thing , a dedicated pc app , an extension just does not cut it.
    I am an avid fan of firefox but an extension just does not cut it.

    • Taco Monster

      I think dedicated PC apps are done, especially when it comes to services like this.

      • Logic Defyer

        Where is the program ?

  • KanishkSingh

    Does pushbullet use Chrome rich notification?

  • Tj Hariharan

    This would be nice, if it were real. I downloaded this app, even wiped my phone and did a fresh install. reinstalled chrome fresh on my computer, no notifications. The only one i hve found is "Desktop Notifications" but that does not do "dismiss notification from PC", I doubt it to be possible. Again, would be nice if it were real.