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There are already a number of apps that plug into Android's notification service to mirror the notification shade on your desktop, Pushbullet being perhaps the most prominent example. Notifications+ is a new entrant in this category, but it focuses only on feature-rich notification mirroring.

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Notifications+ requires a Chrome extension like both Pushbullet and Krome, but it has a few settings the others don't yet support. You can control the popup timeout on the desktop side on a per-app basis. For example, Gmail could stay up for 30 seconds and Hangouts could disappear after only 5 seconds. Alerts can even be ignored by the Chrome extension if you're not on WiFi, or if the device's screen is on (Krome also does the WiFi thing).

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This app also supports dismissing notifications on the device from your computer (as does Pushbullet). Setting up Notifications+ includes a private password that automatically encrypts all your notifications – that's an optional feature in Krome. The basic notification mirroring is free so you can test Notifications+, but the fine-grained settings require a $2.42 pro key. It's not the first app to do this, but it has a nice combination of features worth checking out.

Ryan Whitwam
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  • My1

    chrome only? -> sux...

    • http://dabuxian.com/ Dabu

      Errm, why'd you expect support for other browsers if Google notifications are available only in.. well.. Google's browser? I don't get that.

      • codemonkey85

        Pushbullet has a Firefox extension that, as far as I know, does all the same stuff with notification mirroring.

        • My1

          ^-That

  • fabi280

    Device to device mirroring would be awesome (Phone Tablet for example)

    • WORPspeed

      Isn't that something that the app should do by itself? I mean if you have GMAIL installed on both your phone and tablet, if you dismiss it on one, the notifiation also dissapears on the other right? Or are you talking about apps that are isntalled on only 1 of the devices?

      • fabi280

        I'm just talking about an app installed on just one device. Whatsapp would be a nice example

        • ddpacino

          What's the point of getting a WhatsApp notification on a device that doesn't have the app installed? You can't open and reply to it.

          • fabi280

            WhatsApp was just an example because you aren't really able to install it to your phone and tablet (i know, it's not impossible).
            But if you get a notification you also see a text preview - then you can decide whether you take out your phone to reply or not

          • ddpacino

            In the case, I would rather have a smartwatch for that scenario -- determining if I want to take out my phone or not. Otherwise, I'm content with just hearing the notification from the phone and pulling it out. With the nature of the app, I am more than likely going to want to open the app to respond to a message.

        • WORPspeed

          I'm sure you can use tasker to send pushbullet notifications or some other kind of notifications to your tablet when you receive a notification on your phone.

          But it shouldn't have to be this hard

      • ddpacino

        Possibly a variation of what he wants is for me to dismiss a notification on my phone and replicate that on my tablet (and any other devices), and not have to come home to the same stuff on my tablet that I dismissed earlier.

      • ddpacino

        Synced notifications are new and not every app has that. I have a lot of news apps with alerts and just hate coming home to my tablet with dozens upon dozens of notifications I dismissed on my phone earlier that day.

    • Roh_Mish

      It is possible for some apps. if a notification is dismissed on one, it is possible to dismiss it on others but the dev should use play push service (gcm). Google plus does that

  • wheineman

    Not compatible with the LG G2?

    • AsgerK

      Not compatible with Z1 Compact either.

    • http://cyanlabs.co.uk/ Cyanlabs

      Um compatible with my LG G2 D802.

  • avinash_g

    Is there any app similar to Pushbullet or this for gingerbread?
    All these are 4.0+

    • Hothfox

      Apps like these need access as a notification listener in order to grab all your notifications for you, and that was only built into 4.0+.

      • codemonkey85

        I thought you could enable some kind of accessibility setting to let apps get your notifications? But dismissing them from your desktop would be impossible with that setup anyway.

    • Peter
      • avinash_g

        Thanks..
        And any app with the push functionality of pushbullet?Like pushing links from phone to pc and vice versa?

  • Mitch Ware

    All I want is a notification mirroring service that lets me take action on certain notifications. Being able to type a quick reply to an SMS message would be incredible!

    • Roh_Mish

      Not going to happen unless IM service provider actually provides some API for external app so it can send response to the sender

      • Mitch Ware

        Well all of these apps (Notifications+, Krome, Pushbullet) could build this functionality into their app pretty easily. All it takes is a modified chrome extension with a "reply" field in the notification popup + a modified app running on the device that can receive those replies from the chrome extension and fwd them through the SMS service (or whatever service you are replying to).

        Pushbullet can already set notifications as "dismissed" on the device, so it clearly has the ability to receive commands sent from the chrome popup to the app... I don't know why SMS/gmail/hangouts/etc replying isn't built in already.
        (not hating on pushbullet or anything, I love their service I just wish this feature existed!)

        • Roh_Mish

          You can reply through SMS and I think mail and hangouts but on whatsapp, it is not possible without some hacks like emulating a keyboard entry or something on that lines. May be it is possible.

      • https://plus.google.com/+EvanFeldman95/ Evan Feldman

        You can, it's called a Moto X and Motorola Connect for chrome. Works great for me!

    • http://mvndaai.com/ Jason Mavandi

      You can use zipwhip or mightytext, they light you text from chrome or other browsers.

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

        Yeah but MightyText has that annoying limitation (along with AirDroid and I would imagine any other app that lets you text from a browser) in KitKat that leaves your SMS's unread, and for some reason Hangouts thinks they are read so you can't mark them 'Read' unless you switch your default SMS app to something like the stock Messaging app and mark them as read there.

        Super annoying! I wish some dev would find a workaround for this. Couldn't they just build something to where their app shows up as an SMS Provider on my phone so I can switch to it as my default when I launch the app?

  • Jorim Tielemans

    Whut? Google DiaLLer in first screenshot? :p

    • usaff22

      I think that was a bug in Android 4.4 (possibly only earlier versions like 4.4). Go to Settings > Apps > and Google Dialer will have a double l.

  • Shaun Dutchy Davis

    is there an app that does the mirroring and also allows you to respond to the notifications from your desktop????

    • Spaniard85

      THIS.

    • Roh_Mish

      You can't respond as when you click/tap a button, it actually sends a request to the main app displaying notification to perform a certain action. It is possible to like open Whatsapp on device but you can't send a message. So it is of no use.

    • John Smith

      MightyText

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

        Yeah but MightyText has that annoying limitation (along with AirDroid and I would imagine any other app that lets you text from a browser) in KitKat that leaves your SMS messages unread, and for some reason Hangouts thinks they are read so you can't mark them 'Read' unless you switch your default SMS app to something like the stock Messaging app and mark them as read there.

        Super annoying! I wish some dev would find a workaround for this. Couldn't they just build something to where their app shows up as an SMS Provider on my phone so I can switch to it as my default when I launch the app?

  • Erez Lieberman

    Not compatible with the Galaxy S3 :(

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