Pushbullet client Instabullet is now a universal Windows 10 app
Pushbullet is a relatively well know service for sending files, URL links, lists, addresses and anything you can think of to various contacts on a multitude of platforms. It is similar to email but makes managing files and history easier since it goes to all your or you contacts' devices. With the latest version, the app has become more like a messaging client on steroids.
One problem, however. Pushbullet does not have an app for Windows Phone. They do make a very powerful and fantastic Win32 app for Windows desktop. Nonetheless, since there is no Windows Phone app, it neuters the service for those people. Luckily, there have been some third party apps to fill the gap and now Instabullet, originally on Windows Phone 8.1 is now a universal Windows 10 app.
How Pushbullet works
As a service, Pushbullet relies on Facebook or Google login. They should add Microsoft Account to that, but that is another argument for another day. Simply login and give access to either service and you are good to go. Next, you add a few contacts via email address, assuming they also use Pushbullet.
Now, you can just send them files, and it reaches any devices they have Pushbullet installed on including iOS, Android, PC or even as a browser extension for Chrome or Firefox.
Instabullet for Windows 10
The new version of Instabullet is now a universal app for Windows 10 bringing along with it a new design. Through the app you can send:
- URL Links
- Address (including geolocation)
The last one, Files, is rather a big deal as the app now uses the File Explorer feature in Windows 10. This function lets users go through documents, downloads, music, pictures, ringtones and videos.
Push notifications ensure that whether it is your Windows Phone, Windows 10 PC, or tablet can all be on the same Pushbullet network.
The developer behind the app is also asking for feedback on the design. Specifically, the current app is like the old version, whereas the Pushbullet service has transformed more into a messaging one that can send files too. Should the Windows 10 app also go down that route? Contact email@example.com to let them know your wishes.
For now, Instabullet is likely the best solution for those who wish to be able to send files anywhere to anyone. If Pushbullet were smart they would make their own universal Windows 10 app, but we will have to wait for that to happen.
Also, if you are still on Windows Phone 8.1 no worries. There is still the same 8.1 version in the Store letting you participate as well.
Instabullet is completely free so that you can download as a 'Try', or you can use the $1.29 option if you would like to support the developer, MistyK, for their efforts. Head to the Pushbullet website for more information about the service.
- Download Instabullet for all Windows (Phone, Windows 10)
- Download official Pushbullet for Windows PC (.exe)
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