Pushbullet isn’t a new application, but it is bringing in some new features with their latest update. Most notably, support for additional messaging services which you can use Pushbullet to relay to your desktop monitor. The usefulness of Pushbullet hits on a few fronts, but what is probably the main headlining feature is that you can use it to see your notifications on your desktop, which includes notifications from messaging apps like Evolve SMS. Pushbullet even added in the ability to message back from the Pushbullet desktop client if you were using Evolve, and now they’re adding in support for new, more popular messaging services that just might gain Pushbullet a ton more users.
Google’s Hangouts and WhatsApp are no doubt two of the most popular messaging apps on the planet, and with so many users enjoying the two platforms it’s almost a wonder Pushbullet had waited this long to add those two into the compatibility list, but whatever Pushbullet’s reasons Hangouts and WhatsApp are now capable of being used with Pushbullet’s desktop reply feature. Just to be clear, Pushbullet mirrors all your notifications on your device, so even if you have always used Hangouts, WhatsApp, or any other messaging service those notifications coming through would still show up on your desktop if Pushbullet was enabled. Now though, users will be able to respond directly from the desktop too, meaning you could have your phone across the room on the charger and be sitting at your desk, all the while maintaining conversation with people in your sms contact list.
Hangouts and WhatsApp aren’t the only two new messaging apps to get support for direct responses though, as Pushbullet has included Line, Facebook’s Messenger, and Telegram into the update too. To use the reply feature you need to be running at least Android 4.4 Kit Kat, and if you’re using Hangouts as your main sms app then Pushbullet has mentioned that you also need to have the Android Wear app installed on your device if you want to reply to Hangouts messages. We found this a bit odd, but Pushbullet states that the app merely needs to be installed on the phone, no Android Wear device required. They’ve also added in a new widget for Android, which lets you turn your notification forwarding on or off with a quick tap of the widget button. Super simple right? You can grab Pushbullet from the Play Store if you haven’t tried it yet, if you’re already using it, just update as normal.