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…)
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…)
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…)
Now that we have entered the post-CES period of 2015, a time that we consider to be the true beginning of the year, we wanted to check in and remind you that there are plenty of ways to keep up with Droid Life throughout the next twelve months and beyond. Our social game has spread to almost everywhere it can these days, so if one network doesn’t work for you, there is a good chance we are on another that does. From Twitter to Facebook to Google+ to Pushbullet, you should have no trouble keeping up with us.
Below, you will find links to all of the places that we connect with readers. Be sure to follow us on one or many. (more…)
2014 was a special year for apps on Android. Not only did we see a ton of fantastic applications released by developers, but Google also got in on the fun, re-releasing almost its entire app suite with updated interfaces, thanks to the launch of Material Design.
Honestly, Google should have a few spots on this list thanks to the changes made, but we didn’t feel that application updates warranted a spot on the Top 10, so instead, we focused primarily on apps that were released within the 2014 calendar year.
We already got through our Top 10 Games of 2014, so let’s keep it rolling.
Here are Droid Life’s top ten apps of 2014. (more…)
Thanks to another great update to Pushbullet, you now have even more power over notifications that arrive from your device to your desktop. The Pushbullet team has added in support for the Quick Actions you see in certain notifications, like an “Archive” or “Delete” button in a notification for an email. Rather than simply dismissing a notification, you can instead take control over them without ever having to pick-up your phone or tablet. (more…)
Just a quick reminder, but one of the easiest and quickest ways to keep up with the latest from Droid Life, is through Pushbullet’s Channels feature. Now that RSS has basically died thanks to Google killing off Reader, we know that many of you have turned to Twitter, Google+, or other social networks to keep up with the latest from Droid Life. Unfortunately, those aren’t always the most reliable unless you happen to be looking at that particular social network the minute we share a story to it or if you were to go to our dedicated pages on those and scroll through stories. (more…)
The good folks over at Pushbullet, who we have been following for what feels like years, released yet another helpful update to its users this week, one which brings a cross platform universal copy & paste tool.
At first, this tool was only available to Windows users, but now, users of both Android and Chrome can get in on the new function. The idea could not be more simplistic. All you do is copy text or data on one device, then paste it on any other device which is synced with your account. Genius, right? (more…)