Pushbullet Adds End-to-End Encryption for Notification Mirroring, Universal Copy/Paste, and SMS

Pushbullet announced this morning that its file-sharing/messenger/notification-mirroring application now supports end-to-end encryption. That means your data is encrypted “before it leaves your device, and isn’t decrypted until it is received” by another of your devices. In the past, Pushbullet used https to help create a secure connection, but this E-2-E solution makes your data about as private as it can be. Now, not even Pushbullet gets to see your unencrypted info.  (more…)

Pushbullet Receives Biggest Update Ever, Basically Becomes the Ultimate File-Sharing Messenger App

The folks at Pushbullet pushed out a massive update today across all of their apps. In fact, they are calling this their “biggest update ever.” That’s a bold statement for an app that we can’t stop writing about because each update seems to be awesomeness big. This time, though, things really are taking a turn towards the new, as the app is more organized than ever, almost in a messenger-like way.  (more…)

Pushbullet Introduces Portal, an Awesome Way to Transfer Files to Your Devices

Say “hello” to the next app you are guaranteed to install. It’s called Portal and it’s from the creators of Pushbullet, one of our favorite apps. Portal has one goal, which is to make transferring files to your phone or tablet as seamless and easy as possible. After playing with it for two minutes, I can tell you right now that I will now use this multiple times throughout the day.  (more…)

Pushbullet Update Adds Quick Replying Via Computer to Hangouts, WhatsApp, Facebook, Other Services

Pushbullet issued an update this morning that brings even more phone-to-computer-back-to-phone-again integration, similarly to how their previously introduced SMS-reply function works. In the latest update, the Pushbullet team added direct replying via computer to your Hangouts, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, and Line messages. So now, when messages from those apps arrive on your phone, you can reply quickly through Pushbullet on your computer.  (more…)

First 15 Apps I Install on Every New Android Device

As a part of this job, I have the (depending on how you look at it) pleasure of setting up new Android devices more often than any normal human should. The process, which has become much easier and more automated on Lollipop, can be both tedious and exciting. On one hand, you have to sign-in to every single app all over again, but on the other, you get to start playing with a brand new phone or tablet. For the most part, the joy of using a brand new phone outweighs the 20-30 minutes it may take to set it up.

Over the years, my setup process has become much tighter, leaner, and more efficient. Instead of installing a hundred or so apps with each new device that comes across my desk, I often only install a select few apps that I can’t live without. Since I tend to spend only a couple of weeks with a phone during a review period before sending it back to its owner, I’ve realized that I probably don’t need three different Twitter apps and a package tracker and credit card managers and four different photo editors.

These days, when I setup a device, I can get get by with a group of specific apps that you wouldn’t typically find pre-installed on a phone. Obviously, I’m a huge Google services user, but those related apps are all installed before I boot a new phone for the first time. If we look outside of those (Gmail, Hangouts, Maps, etc.), here are the first 15 I install every time.  (more…)

Pushbullet Releases Mac and Safari Apps, iOS Notification Mirroring Too

While not exactly directly Android-related, we still thought many of you would like to know that Pushbullet released all sorts of new goodies this morning, including a Mac app, Safari integration, and iOS notification mirroring. Again, this isn’t directly Android-related, but I know that many of you own Apple computers, could potentially use Safari, and may own an iPad outside of your Android phone. Since we are massive Pushbullet fans around these parts, we know that we are certainly excited for the new Mac app. Pushbullet all the things, right? (more…)