Send text messages straight from the desktop with Pushbullet update

Michael Homnick

Pushbullet performs a ton of useful tasks, connecting your Android phone with your desktop browser to sync notifications and texts. An update Wednesday now lets you send out SMS messages through Pushbullet’s Chrome extension.

You could already reply to incoming messages by pairing Pushbullet with EvolveSMS, so the ability to send off new ones is a great bonus.

Pushbullet’s Android app connects with Chrome for Windows, OS X, Chrome OS, and Linux. The update is working its way through the Play Store. This follows a recent Material Design makeover and the addition of customized channels, which sites can use to ping you with article updates.

The impact on you: You really should be using Pushbullet. Yes, you have similar functionality with Hangouts, but only if using your Google Voice number for SMS. Hangouts mixes it all together with your other instant messages and voicemails, so it’s still rather unpolished. Pushbullet has the right touch of simple, streamlined utility.

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