I recall that Pushbullet appeared on my recommended apps in Google Play for a while.
Now that I’ve had it installed on my mobile and in the Chrome Browser, I wish I had done it sooner.
Pushbullet does a number of remarkably simple things really well to generate a more unified experience across Desktop and Mobile.
When the desktop | tablet device & mobile are connected via Internet access (not necessarily the same Wireless access point)
- Mobile App Notification are Pushed to the desktop (via browser or desktop app)
- Send and receive SMS messages via desktop | browser UI
- Share | Transfer files between Mobile | Desktop devices
For example, we are now all fairly familiar with some multi-factor authentication techniques that involve delivering a temporary code to a mobile handset, which then needs to be entered into a validation field on a web page. While not terribly arduous it does mean accessing two devices and a couple of screen to ‘port’ that code between the mobile and the web page.
So where Pushbullet makes it so much more easy, you receive the same message in a notification box on your desktop, making it very simple to copy the code and verify it, on a single screen – almost side by side if you wish.
The Unification of Communication through Pushbullet – considering it is a browser extension is quite tremendous. It almost rivals some Enterprise UCC services for features and seems rather more transferable across devices. For example:
- You receive SMS messages that you can also send back a reply
- Create SMS message direct from the browser
- You get notification of a call connection, with the contact details displayed if available from your contacts list.
Moving files and images from a mobile has normally involved USB cable direct connections, though of course there are several file sync services that offer a holistic synchronisation service (those are normally orientated around the Mobile to Cloud pathway). Pushbullet allows you to quickly grab an image or a file and Push it across very rapidly – great for receipt images etc.
It also enables you to
Have you tried Pushbullet ?
If so what do you like or enjoy about it?