[APP][4.0+] PushBullet

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farmerbb

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Huge fan of Pushbullet, I use it all the time to send files between devices.

I'd love to see some Tasker integration to make it more like AutoRemote. Either built-in to Pushbullet itself or a third-party plugin that uses the Pushbullet API.
 

gillius

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This looks like an amazing app. But it's free and I didn't see any ads or paid version on store description, so I'm wondering if Pushbullet does anything with the data coming through? For example Google is free but in exchange you agree that they mine your data and sell ads. Since content travels through Pushbullet's servers you'd get anything pushed of course but with notification mirroring you essentially get all e-mails, text messages, numbers from missed calls, etc. I thought I'd ask about this.
 
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aryan1312

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Nice ...very helpful app but the transfer speed of pushing file is on the low side, i am using wifi connection inspite of that it took a whole lot of time to push a normal 10MB file... but still app is very polished, accurate and Speedy notification
 
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guzba

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Responses to some of the questions so far

One feature I'd like to see implemented, if it's even possible, is a way to interact with notifications on the PC. For example, replying to whatsapp messages from the PC itself without having to pick up the phone. I don't know how feasible it is but I'd pay for PushBullet if it's possible to implement it. :)

We're working on making the PC notifications more interactive (dismissing on desktop, for example). Responding to Whatsapp messages might be tricky if they don't expose an API for us to use. Maybe they do? I haven't researched it yet but will keep it in mind.

Nice idea for an app. Are you able to respond to text messages from your computer?

Not yet. This is another feature we're thinking of adding but it's a bit of a big project so it will take us some time :)

Started using this a couple of weeks ago to replace chrome to phone and phone to chrome apps. Works very well. Not sure if this is something that could be done with this app, but would be cool if you could compose/respond to texts via the browser extension. I know there are other apps/extensions that can do this, but would prefer to limit the chrome extensions I have active.

Yeah, MightyText does texting from your computer for example, but we do the desktop notifications part better than them. You could use us for the notifications and use them for responding for the time being? Just a thought :)

Nice ...very helpful app but the transfer speed of pushing file is on the low side, i am using wifi connection inspite of that it took a whole lot of time to push a normal 10MB file... but still app is very polished, accurate and Speedy notification

Pushing files is slower than it could be because we do everything through cloud storage so that you can download the files again on other devices, etc. We're probably going to have a Wifi Direct pushing option when we have a Windows app to make things faster for local transfers.

I'd love to see some Tasker integration to make it more like AutoRemote. Either built-in to Pushbullet itself or a third-party plugin that uses the Pushbullet API.

We've had this requested so I did look into it. It looks like using the Tasker API, Pushbullet could only be a State trigger (not an Action). It can become an Action if I reach out to the Tasker dev(s), but I just haven't taken the time to yet.

This looks like an amazing app. But it's free and I didn't see any ads or paid version on store description, so I'm wondering if Pushbullet does anything with the data coming through? For example Google is free but in exchange you agree that they mine your data and sell ads. Since content travels through Pushbullet's servers you'd get anything pushed of course but with notification mirroring you essentially get all e-mails, text messages, numbers from missed calls, etc. I thought I'd ask about this.

This is a totally fair and great question. Right now we don't hold onto any of the notifications we mirror at all, but theoretically someday we could in order to off a notification history feature (which we've had requested). As a general statement, we take peoples' privacy very seriously. Yep, everybody says that, but I mean it. We don't sell any of the information we have (emails or whatever), nor have we even considered it.

It will become important for Pushbullet to earn money to support itself, but we have a plan for that and grow more confident in it each day. This idea is not ads, but I don't want to say too much until we've built it. Just take this as meaning we've considered how to make Pushbullet a long-term service you can count on.
 

Droidlovinyogi

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I’m very interested in using this app. However I viewed the first demonstration video link that is posted in the OP, and in response to it someone commented that it “disables Google Voice actions”. Is this so, does your app disable Google Voice actions?
 

S.AMU

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We're working on making the PC notifications more interactive (dismissing on desktop, for example). Responding to Whatsapp messages might be tricky if they don't expose an API for us to use. Maybe they do? I haven't researched it yet but will keep it in mind.

I don't think, that the whattsapp dev let use you there own api. But perhaps you could talk to the developers of Disa. There also making a messenger with different plugins and also (unofficially) there's a whattsapp plugin. - They had to remove the official plugin :(
Just search in Google for "Disa.im Google plus"
 

Marx2

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It is so good that I'm afraid it will not stay free.
It's similar to Evernote, very famous app. Evernote charge you if you transfer over limit, so I suppose it would be the same.
I would love such an app if it would transfer peer-to-peer (if possible) and if not, it would store messages/files on my own google drive/dropbox/etc account. That way it wouldn't use transfer to PushBullet servers, servers would be used only to establish communication.
 

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I'm attaching a bash script made by Jochen Blacha formerly known as B.Jay.

This script basically allows you to send some notes straight from terminal. You can also use it to inform you about completed builds etc.

Usage:

Extract the archive.
Copy to /usr/bin/ (sudo might be required)
chown root:root pushbullet.sh
chmod 755 pushbullet.sh

Enjoy!
 

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tes4p00ner

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This app is nearly exactly what I though about making, plus more! You have done a much better job than I ever could have though. This is a great app and I can't wait to see how it continues from here.
 

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Lack of difference between different computers - I hope it will be corrected soon

You can customize the name assigned to each browser/computer by clicking on the little gear icon that appears when you highlight a device on the PushBullet.com site. Isn't that sufficient to differentiate between your various computers and browsers?
 

lexluthor

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Nice app. Will replace Chrome to Phone with this.

I have the extension installed in Firefox on 2 different PCs but I'm only seeing 1 firefox entry in "devices and friends".

Is that right?
 

nochtavio

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This is really great app! The whole UI is neat and simple.



- Sometimes I need to activate again the mirroring service. I'm using MIUI Rom, is it affected?

- Will Pushbullet have their own windows app in the future? So user who don't use Chome nor Firefox can use it.

- Can you increase the size limit for file transferring?

Sent from my MI 2A using Tapatalk
 

Marx2

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You can customize the name assigned to each browser/computer by clicking on the little gear icon that appears when you highlight a device on the PushBullet.com site. Isn't that sufficient to differentiate between your various computers and browsers?

I've got 2 firefoxes and one Android phone. At home's computer I see both firefoxes. So I renamed this one at work to differentiate them. Now at work I can't push to home firefox because I don't see it. Maybe because it's switched off? PB doesn't allow to push to unavailable devices? Shouldn't it queue messages when device isn't available?
 

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    PushBullet makes it easy to send things (files, notes, lists, links, ++) from your computer to your Android phones and tablets, and now from one Android device to another. It's all about making what you've sent easy to access by using all of the new notification features available in JellyBean, though it still works great for Gingerbread+.

    Sending something to your phone or tablet with PushBullet is easy. You can go to pushbullet.com or install the Chrome extension. Just sign in with your Google account in the app and on the web and you're good to go.

    You can also share your devices with other people, so they can push to your Android devices, too. This makes it easy to push a grocery list to your spouse or receive beta APKs from a dev friend.

    I haven't posted enough to include links :/ sorry.

    ---

    PushBullet has been very well received on the Android subreddit but until now I hadn't reached out to xda for feedback. I'm confident a lot of you would find PushBullet useful so I'd really like to hear how I can make it better for you.
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    An update on Pushbullet

    It's been 6 months since I posted the above and we've done a lot in that time to make Pushbullet even better so I figured I should bump with an update:

    Pushbullet can now show all of your phones' notifications on your computer at the same time. This is amazingly cool and changed the way I think about my phone. All you need to do is have either our Chrome or Firefox extension installed and turn on "Notification Mirroring" in our app. Here's a video demoing the feature: https://youtube.com/watch?v=Fn6na1hVhFo

    Pushbullet now has a full-featured Firefox extension (we used to just have a Chrome extension). This is great since we're no longer quite so presumptive about forcing you to use a certain browser to take advantage of Pushbullet.

    You can now send anything Pushbullet can push right to friends/family. They'll get notified on all of their devices so they see it wherever they are, then we automatically dismiss it on their other devices after they interact with it on one. It's how quick-sharing should work and we're going to make it a lot better this next year.

    Oh and of course Pushbullet can push from your phone to your computer now (we used to just do computer to phone). This makes Pushbullet the easiest way to get pictures/files/etc from your phone and onto your computer.

    ---

    I've attached some screenshots of the updated app. If you're still scratching your head wondering how this adds up, here's a video that does a better job than words do: https://youtube.com/watch?v=jFLEM46Vltk

    It'd be amazing to get some feedback from you all--we've got big plans for 2014 and it'd be great to know what you really want to see next :)

    Ah yes, one last thing, Pushbullet is 4.0+ now.

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    Here's some links: (Well sort of, I can't post links yet)

    Website: https://www.pushbullet.com

    Android app: (link in footer of our website)

    Chrome extension: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/pushbullet/chlffgpmiacpedhhbkiomidkjlcfhogd

    Firefox extension: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/pushbullet/
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    40$ per YEAR?

    COME ON!
    I'd pay 10, 15, EVEN 20$ for your full app. BUT ONCE.
    NOT 40 DAMN DOLLARS EVERY DAMN YEAR. Are you guys crazy?
    I'm uninstalling right now. Bye!


    Hi everyone,

    I am wondering why there is no alternative to push bullet when it comes to answering whatsapp messages on PC.

    There is Whatsapp Web.
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    Ah certainly, I've added the APK to the post.

    I'm glad you like the app and are even using our API! We're going to be adding more functionality to the API soon. My goal is to make it possible for anyone to do just about anything we can do ourselves all via the same API. I think of it kind of like how the Google apps are built on the same Android APIs I get.
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    Could you share how did you that with the compiling info? Did you use a simple bash script? Where can I learn to use the api for my own solutions?

    It's very simple. Put this in ~/bin and chmod +x and edit the values of "api_key" and "device_id" (line 2 and 3) to reflect your own key/ID:
    Code:
    # Your API key must end with a ':'
    api_key="your_api_key"
    device_id="your_device_id"
    curl https://api.pushbullet.com/api/pushes \
        -u "$api_key" \
        -d device_id="$device_id" \
        -d type=note \
        -d title="$1" \
        -d body="$2" \
        -X POST \
        -s -S > /dev/null
    Let's pretend we named the script 'pushbullet.' You can now simply call it like this:
    Code:
    pushbullet "My notification's title" "My notification's description"

    Of course, you can also send something that's not a note, or make a script that allows you to choose what type of push to use:
    Code:
    api_key="your_api_key"
    device_id="your_device_id"
    
    case "$1" in
        note)
            arg1="title"
            arg2="body"
            ;;
        link)
            arg1="title"
            arg2="url"
            ;;
        address)
            arg1="name"
            arg2="address"
            ;;
        list)
            arg1="title"
            arg2="items"
            ;;
        file)
            curl -i https://api.pushbullet.com/api/pushes \
                -u "$api_key" \
                -F device_id="$device_id" \
                -F type=file \
                -F [email protected]"$2" \
                -s -S > /dev/null
            exit
            ;;
        *)
            echo "Unknown option."
            exit
            ;;
    esac
    
    curl https://api.pushbullet.com/api/pushes \
        -u "$api_key" \
        -d device_id="$device_id" \
        -d type="$1" \
        -d "$arg1"="$2" \
        -d "$arg2"="$3" \
        -X POST \
        -s -S > /dev/null
    And to use it (not sure what the exact syntax for a list push's items data fields are, maybe @guzba can give us an actual example for that:)
    Code:
    # syntax: pushbullet <type> <title> <content>
    pushbullet note "Note's title" "Note's description"
    pushbullet link "XDA Portal" 'http://xda-developers.com'
    pushbullet address "Googleplex" "1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy, Mountain View, CA"
    # for files, the syntax is: pushbullet file <file>
    pushbullet file myfile.txt

    EDIT: Forgot to answer your question - you can just call the script after the build command, for example (if you're using the first script:)
    Code:
    make bacon && pushbullet "Build Completed" "Yay" || pushbullet "Build Failed" "Oops"

    Note that the scripts I've pasted above won't output anything unless an error occurs. They're silent otherwise. See https://www.pushbullet.com/api for the full API/more info on how to get your device's ID/API key.
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