Pushbullet is quietly becoming a universal message app interface

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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.

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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.

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Joshi

Also I think I’d still stick to Telegram and its suite of multi-platform clients for ease of cross-device messaging and ability to send attachments with no size limitation.

Joshi

This requires Android Kitkat and above and from the video, the picture of the dog was missing, so how is going to honestly reply to the sender’s question.

alex

Pushbullet is a fantastic app. Works for me on windows very well. Only thing I can’t stand about it as a messaging app is that you can’t see previous conversations. I like having the chat box open and able to see the whole conversation.

PRETHOUGHT

They might as well put in boldface at the top of their site it really only works great with a Mac. I loaded it on my Windows 8.1 machine and it does a whole lot of nothing. If you are getting all the entrails of my online where abouts you should at least have a service worth me handing over that privy information. If you are Windows user don’t bother, I wouldn’t call it a beta it’s more an alpha.

Guest

Works pretty well for me on Windows 8.1 (Chrome Extension) with an Android phone. I can respond to SMS messages and control notifications from a Chrome dialog box that pops up appropriately.

PRETHOUGHT

Google Hangouts seems redundant to me. You can already do that with iPhone, Android Mac, Windows just about any platform that has a browsers without even installing Push Bullet.

Can you take phone calls from your computer? That would be nice as I’m not always on my Mac for handoff as I bounce from location/workstation to workstation.

Matt

I’m pretty sure you can’t send an SMS from your computer with Hangouts

PRETHOUGHT

You can via Google Voice but you have to turn over to Hangouts as the receiver of SMS messages

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