Back in November, Pushbullet added a way for Android users to send and reply to texts from the Chrome browser, with messages actually being initiated from a connected phone. Last month, Pushbullet arrived for Mac OS X and iOS. Now, the company has become more of a universal message manager with support for several messaging apps: The latest version of Pushbullet supports replies in WhatsApp, Telegram, Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, and Line.
What makes Pushbullet appealing is that it replaces any web or native clients for those services, at least on a computer. When your Google [company]Android[/company] phone receives a message from one of the supported services, an interactive notification appears on your paired computer where you simply type your message and send it. Message recipients won’t know that you used a computer because Pushbullet is actually sending the response from your phone.
If that sounds convoluted, take a look at this short video demo to see how it simple it is and how well it works; essentially, it replicates the way Messages on a Mac and [company]Apple[/company] iPhone or iPad are usable on multiple devices, but with more services.
For Google Hangouts support, Pushbullet also requires that your Android phone have the Android Wear app installed; that’s likely the mechanism the software is using to push Hangout messages from phone to computer.
I’ve long been a fan of Pushbullet, mainly because it was an effective way to get links and other content from a computer to a phone. Lately, however, the Pushbullet team has extended the functionality to messaging so that you don’t have to be on your phone to see incoming messages or send responses. It doesn’t matter which device you’re using at a given time because you can interact with files, links and messages from the phone or a connected computer.
Pushbullet is free in the Google Play Store for phones and tablets running Android 4.0 or better. The companion app for a computer is available as an extension for Chrome, Opera, Firefox and Safari in addition to native apps for Mac OS X app and Microsoft Windows, which are in a beta version.