Pushbullet is an essential part many an internet user’s every day routine, and now the company behind the cross-platform file moving app has released a new – and yet very old – way of transferring files from one device to another. Once you’ve installed it you just need to head to the Portal site to start a transfer.
While the company’s flagship app Pushbullet also supports file transfers, what differentiates Portal is that it uses your local Wi-Fi network to make the file transfer.
Revealing that the new “Portal” app is first being launched on the Android platform so as to pave the way for a deeper integration with the OS, Pushbullet said that the app has been designed to facilitate users in transferring their files – even big-sized files – between their computer and their Android handset.
Pushbullet can do the same (and more) to a degree; you don’t need to be on the same wireless network and it brings actionable notifications from your Android phone to your computer.
Pushbullet wants to make it a snap to send a file from the desktop to your phone.
Drag and drop the files on the PC and voilà, they magically appear on the phone.
Portal also has no file limits.
I particularly like how Portal integrates with the file explorer app in Android. That’s it. Portal will automatically put image files in your phone’s gallery and sort music into the correct folders. No problem: pull up portal.pushbullet.com up on your PC, point your Android phone’s Portal app at the on-screen QR code and drag and drop the files you want to transfer. Dropbox allows the storage to be accessed from different devices, but it requires payment for hosting the user’s files. However, Pushbullet raised $1.5 million in seed financing earlier this year, allowing the startup additional time to focus on product development ahead of revenue.
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