It's been scarcely two weeks since Pushbullet had its last big update, and here we are again. A new version is rolling out in the Play Store that fully integrates SMS into the website, browser extension, and desktop apps. You could reply to SMS before, but this update syncs all your conversations to the computer.
What's particularly cool about this update is that you don't need to do anything to make it work. As soon as you've installed it, the various Pushbullet clients will suddenly have your SMS conversations so you can send messages from your computer. Should you find yourself using someone else's computer, you can still send SMS instantly because the Pushbullet website has the same texting functionality. Of course, these messages are still going through the phone, so there's no discernible difference for the other party.
You can also have multiple conversations up on the desktop in floating windows—just hit the pop-out arrow next to a contact's name. These are chat heads in the Windows client, which is extra cool. The SMS client on your phone still has all the messages, so you can grab your device and head out while still continuing a conversation.
Pushbullet has essentially integrated a feature that has been the entire focus of some apps in the past (eg. MightyText, DeskSMS, etc), but it seems much less clunky. Since you've probably already got Pushbullet installed everywhere (because it's free and mega-useful), you don't need to deal with something else just to manage SMS. This works and it's awesome.
A few small caveats—this will only work on Android 4.4 or higher and you can't send MMS (viewing works). If the update hasn't hit your device yet, it might still be propagating in the Play Store.
- Pushbullet blog