Pushbullet remains one of our favorite apps here at DroidLessons, since it’s still one of the best ways to share content across your devices without using a cable or having to configure things on your software. You just install the app, push the content you want, and very soon it will show up as a notification or message on the device you selected. It’s pretty easy to use, and it does the job without bothering you with details. Now, Pushbullet has received its greatest update yet, and it comes with a bunch of new features and a redesigned interface.
With this update, one of the most interesting features introduced is the fact that you can now push messages as well. What this means is that Pushbullet now essentially turns into a messaging client, since you can push a message to any of your registered devices, free of charge. But not only can you push messages, but just like most traditional messaging clients, you can also attach files and send them over to your devices. It’s a pretty neat feature that integrates nicely with the rest, and complements the existing features of the service.
As you can see from the video, Pushbullet also integrates the file sharing and attachment capabilities with your existing Android apps. Just select the video or picture you want to share, press the share icon, and select Pushbullet as the app. It will immediately ask you where you want to send the file, and then all you have to do is pick your device or contact. The pushing of files and messages itself is also much improved compared to the past experience, since it’s now pretty much a single tap on all occasions.
Another cool enhancement introduced in this update is the redesigned sharing of multiple files. Before this update, you had to individually select and push every file you intended to send, and while it wasn’t a terrible inconvenience, it definitely was inefficient and repetitive to the user, especially when compared to using a USB cable. Thankfully, this new update fixes things and allows you to simply drag and drop multiple files natively, even outside the Windows or Mac application. This is a great new feature that basically replaces similar solutions like AirDroid for downloading and uploading files to and from your devices.
In order to complement that feature, Pushbullet introduces a new app dedicated solely to that purpose, named “Portal”. All you have to do is download and install the app to your phone, which you can find here, and open up the address for Portal on your browser. Then, scan the QR code that appears on the screen with your phone, and your devices will sync. Then, just drag and drop files from your browser to your phone, and they will be transferred over WiFi, fast and easy. There is no clunky interface to deal with, or added features you don’t need. It essentially becomes a virtual USB cable that you can use at anytime. Pretty cool.
As usual, Pushbullet is free to use and you can get it by downloading the official Android app and following the instructions. You will also probably want to install a Chrome or Firefox extension to take full advantage of the features of the service and enable the sharing of links and content right there from your browser. This service remains of the must-have apps on Android, and it makes day-to-day file management and communication much easier. So whether you’re looking for an easy way to share files, or for an alternative messaging service, I encourage you to give Pushbullet a try!