Ever felt that you use too many messengers and accounts for comfort. Do you have different friends on different sites? Is checking each app on your phone consuming too much of your time? At work, do you constantly switch back-and-forth from your phone to your PC?
Today, I will talking about a few desktop applications that will enhance and optimize the way you use your smartphone (and tablet) I will be covering Franz, Pushbullet and SHAREIt.
Franz is a desktop application that aggregates all your social media, email and communication into one interface. It spawns one WebView-style tab for all of the accounts you configure and handles notifications for each account.
As of 22nd December 2016, it supports 34 communication applications, from WhatsApp, Telegram and Messenger to Hangouts, Gmail, and Slack.
The best part is, since each application within it lives in a sandbox(a WebView instance) the application does not read your messages, which are processed only via the service that you are using at the moment. Personally, it has spared me from having to check for new messages and post every so often, which has saved me a ton of time.
Get Franz over here. It is compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux.
Pushbullet is a service that mirrors phone notifications on your computer. It helps you transfer files to and from multiple-phone to phone or phone to computer, you choose! Next, the in-built messenger helps you contact friends and even share links among devices. Furthermore, the “Quick-reply” feature helps you respond to text messages from your device(be it through SMS or IM).
Messages appear as part of “chat heads”, similar to the ones on Facebook Messenger, ensuring the conversation thread remains visible.
Another cool feature is the ability to follow feeds such as comics and news, updates of which keep coming in on all the screens on which the app is installed.
To work effectively, Pushbullet needs to be installed on all devices that need to be connected. Distributions are available for Android, iOS and Windows and for Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera(as add-ons / extensions).
There are a few API limitations though:
- Sending and receiving text messages through a computer works for Android only
- iPhone notifications can be seen only on Mac devices whereas Android notifications are viewable through all device
SHAREit is a file-sharing app that works using WiFi Direct standards and using temporary personal hotspots. You can use it send and receive files between phones and between a phone and computers. Since it works on WiFi and does not use mobile data, it offers blazing fast transfer speeds, purported to be 200 times that of Bluetooth.
Ever gone on a trip and during the journey, wanted to play a LAN game you see others playing? But, don’t want to waste money downloading the game consuming precious mobile data? Then SHAREit(or Xender xD) is the solution for you. You can use SHAREit to transfer the application from someone else’s device to yours and start playing the compelling game. It’s perfect for sharing apps(particularly large ones that you absolutely cannot download), photos, videos and any other files. In fact, because of the Group Sharing feature, you can set up a group and invite some more gamers to join in(the more the merrier, isn’t it?). Anyone on the group will have access to download the file, which is faster than repeatedly sending the file individually.
Don’t have SHAREit? No problem…as long as the person having the app you want, has it. SHAREit can create a server on a temporary hotspot with a link to download files. Anyone you connects to the hotspot and who visits a particular site, can easily download them(and SHAREit too, ’cause why not?).
Through the remote view feature, you can view files that are on your computer, on your phone. Photos on your phone can also be viewed on your desktop, with a nice transition effect. As you swipe right, the picture on the computer changes, as well.
Finally, SHAREit also comes with a PPT control feature that does exactly what it says: change slides.
This is what I call a feature-packed app.
With these three apps in your arsenal, you’re well on your way to becoming a smartphone power user. Using all three in synchrony will ensure that the only reason you are picking up your phone is to answer calls or to game.
Hat tip: If you have Xender on your phone, SHAREit won’t display it in the app selection screen, thus preventing you from sharing Xender over SHAREit. That’s just evil, don’t you think so?!
The app is compatible with Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Windows and Mac.
That’s all, folks.
This is Prad signing off for the day.