24
Jan
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The latest update to the immensely useful Pushbullet app introduces the ability to fully sync your Android device's notification drawer with Chrome on your computer. Previously, users could only watch phone or tablet notifications pop up on their desktop, with a recent version adding the ability to dismiss them from either device. Now Chrome's notification center will fully sync up with your phone's drawer, allowing you to manage alerts even after they've faded from the screen.

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You can access the Chrome Notification Center by clicking on the bell icon in your computer's taskbar or system tray. The notifications it lists retain all of the options introduced in the previous Pushbullet update, such as the aforementioned ability to dismiss them from both devices and the choice to disable future mirroring of specific apps. There are also buttons for temporarily disabling all mirroring, clearing the drawer, and accessing other settings.

What's new:

  • Now fully syncs your phone's notifications with Chrome's notification center on your computer!
  • Further improved battery efficiency
  • And some bugfixes

To make things even better, all of this remains available entirely 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.

  • sourabh sekhar

    This app keeps getting better and better.
    Good job devs.Best part is its price or the lack thereof.

    • Gabriel Melo

      As a UI designer working on a startup, I were more than happy to email the devs congratulating them for the hard work and great features of this app. Everyone who's reading this and has a minute to spare should email them to thank for this wonderful free app.

      Let's all show the devs some love! :)

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

        @guzba:disqus, one of the devs, is actually in this comment thread right now. He knows how much we love them. :)

        Great suggestion though, more people should take time out of their lives to communicate how much they like the services people provide, instead of only communicating when they have issues.

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        • Marcell Lévai

          AP, get rid of these. PLEASE.

  • Lyrrad

    Anyone know if they plan to have a feature where you can specify an encryption key for end-to-end encryption? I prefer not to have all my notifications available to PushBullet. I've seen other products that encrypt notifications end-to-end, but PushBullet seems to be the most robust solution.

    • guzba

      Pushbullet is actually very secure except that the notifications do pass through our servers unlike Wifi only solutions. You can read about how we have things set up here: https://www.pushbullet.com/security

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

        I think @Lyrrad doesn't want even Pushbullet's servers to see the notifications on the clear, looks like he's an avid practitioner of TNO. :)

  • Jeff718

    This app should cost at least $6, it's so worth it. And it just keeps getting better and better.

    • NemaCystX

      shhhh, don't give em any ideas lol

      I have to admit though it is indeed very useful, it trumps Motorola Connect and I have both that and PushBullet. I might turn off Motorola Connect at some point but it delivers vital info like Battery status, incoming phone call ring at notification on desktop.

      If you guys add this to PushBullet, I would be more than happy to stop using Moto Connect and just use PushBullet as my main notifications extension.

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

        Maybe a workaround could be an app that reports your phone's battery status via notification, something like Battery Widget? Reborn! might work.

    • vgergo

      shh!

    • sourabh sekhar

      Dont worry Google will buy it and make it free

  • Justin Foster

    Can anyone post apk? Although the previous version is installed on my phone, this one is showing up as not compatible.

    • guzba

      What version of Android? Also, we now require internal installation since we have a widget but forgot to add it until now (causing issues for some). Maybe that's the cause?

      • Justin Foster

        4.1.2, LG-P769. Hmm, I uninstalled and re-installed, went to PlayStore from computer and installed it to phone, and now I have the latest version. Never mind, but thanks for the swift reply and the great app!!

  • guzba

    An FYI if anyone has any issues, we're having some intermittent troubles with our server provider right now. Great timing right? :)

  • Ryan Callihan

    This app is a gift from the heavens. How is this still free?

  • andy_o

    Hopefully they'll add the ability to sync notifications between devices too. It's frustrating how few of the developers are using this feature, so I think there's better chance that a third party app like this one will take care of it.

    • guzba

      I personally think it'd be hilarious if we ended up basically doing this for every app for them by sitting on top of notifications as we are. Just a dream right now though :)

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

    Oh so it's an update to Pushbullet that's causing that? I was thinking it was Chrome, I was trying to figure out how to disable it lol.

    I don't need my notifications to be archived in there, I have the popup duration set to an appropriate amount of time to where I can read the notification and choose if I want to dismiss it on my phone or not. I don't want it lingering on my Chrome Notification Center just because I decided I didn't want to dismiss it on my phone. -_-

    Is there a way to disable and/or customize how that feature behaves? I didn't see anything on the app. It'd be great if I could have notifications for certain apps stick around in the Notification Center until I dismiss them but I don't want most of them (like Gmail's notification that shows up when you delete an email from the notification bar) sticking around.

    • guzba

      Yep, the latest Chrome extension gives you this option. Go to "Options" from the popup that shows when you click our extension icon and check the "Hide mirrored notifications automatically after.." option.

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

        That's perfect. Thank you!

        See, this is why not notifying a user when you auto-update something can be bad: I didn't realize the extension was updated so I didn't think to check it out to see if anything in Options had changed from when I checked it yesterday.

        • guzba

          I actually snuck the Chrome extension update out overnight and am now doing another one now that will alert them to the changes. I'm sneaky like that :)

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

            Seems like one of my computers is still sitting at v23, instead of the newest one (v26 right?). Is there a way to force Chrome into updating the extension or do I just have to wait it out?

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

            So Disqus doesn't actually delete comments? That' kind of annoying. Anyway, don't worry about this comment, I left Chrome open for a couple of minutes and the extension updated itself. :)

          • guzba

            Oh, hah, too late :P

          • guzba

            Yep, go to about://extensions, check the "Enable developer mode" box, then click "Update extensions now".

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

        Do Chrome notifications allow you enough freedom to where you can make the button to dismiss a notification from Chrome (x on the top-right) larger? That would solve my problems I think because if I choose not to dismiss a notification from my phone, I can still dismiss it from Chrome so it doesn't get stuck in the Notification Center unless I want it to. :)

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

        Other than uninstalling the extension from Chrome, is there a way to have Pushbullet not mirror notifications to it? I have a couple of computers I'd like to still be able to push stuff to, but I only want my personal computer to get my mirrored notifications.

  • JPB

    Once Google Now fully joins this on the stable version of ChromeOS, I'll never have to take my phone out of my pocket again.

    • Nathan Borup

      Why even have a phone then?

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

        I wish I didn't have to, but unfortunately we still need a device to actually receive all of these notifications in the first place.

        I actually considered buying the 2013 N7 with LTE and just using that for everything, even phone calls, so I didn't have to carry around to devices but I think it can't do VoLTE. I'm not sure though, I never delved into that too deeply.

      • JPB

        Well there will be those occasions when I'm not sitting in front of Chrome.

  • Lima_d

    How has Google not aquired pushbullet Inc yet?

  • Bud Lutz

    Why why why can I not respond to an SMS using this tool?? I have issues with MightyText, this looks like a perfect replacement other than not being able to respond. Is this on the horizon??

    • Quentin SILVESTRE

      I e-mailed the developper about this and he said "Answering to SMS is kind of hard. MightyText has a whole business doing that. That's like a long term nice to have.". So don't count on it soon !

      • Bud Lutz

        Thanks for the reply....I guess I will have to hold out then

        • WORPspeed

          In the mean time you can try logging in to Airdroid. It is one of the other few apps (along with Pushbullet) that I always install on all my android devices.

  • ianflo

    Does anyone know a way to be notified of texts but not chats if I use hangouts as my sms client?

    I already have chats up on my desktop, so it's annoying when i get two notifications, so i've turned off mirroring for hangouts..

    • guzba

      Ah, I think we've had this requested before. I've meant to look into if we can differentiate but didn't get to it in this update. I've got it on my todo list now though to check out.

  • NoneOfYourBizzness

    Can anyone compare this to the Moto Connect feature? I use that on my Moto X with Chrome, but I wonder what the advantages/disadvantages are to Pushbullet?

    Thanks for any help!

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

    For whatever reason, the "Dismiss on device" doesn't show on my chrome notifications. :( Mailed the dev.

    • guzba

      We're a bit buried in email (always gets this way on update days) so here's my quick guess: Is your phone Android 4.3+? That's required for the dismiss functionality.

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

        Understandable. I'm using -
        Verizon Galaxy Nexus - AOKP nightly 4.4.2
        Nexus 5 - Stock 4.4.2
        Chrome Version 32.0.1700.76 m

        • guzba

          Ok. It's possible you have our Notification Mirroring Service enabled through "Accessibility" in settings. Disable it there and enable it only in "Security" -> "Notification access". This is the way to get the more rich features for only Android 4.3+ (should be what the app tells you to turn on by default).

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

            Thanks, that did it. I had Pushbullet on my GNex when it was running 4.2.2. After updating to 4.4.2, I had restored the apps from TiBu. Guess that's why it was still using accessibility option. Thanks for the help. :)

            EDIT - And on nexus 5, both accessibility and security -> notification access were on for Pushbullet. turned off accessibility and it is working fine now.

  • aouniat

    Good jobs guys. This is will be an app that I will never regret paying for, in case paid features are added.

  • RichA

    Too bad this won't work at my work computer. I will wait for Chrome to update.

  • Mado

    Calling it right now, in 6 months or less a certain search company will buy Pushbullet for 100 million dollars.

  • s427

    Will Firefox users see something like that soon? (Does Firefox even have a notification center?)

  • xdapao3

    FANTASTIC app but while everything seems to work (sending anything to and from Chrome on my laptop and my Note II and G Pad 8.3, and mirroring between the G Pad and Chrome) I can't seem to get mirroring beween my Note II and Chrome working.
    Note II (N7100) with stock 4.1.2 (rooted), Chrome 32.0.1700.76m.

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