Pushover Review

Pushover Review

Sep 18, 2012

Notifications of Android phones have not always been the greatest. Sure it’s easy to receive notifications from applications installed on the phone such as text messaging, e-mail, instant messengers and so on. The problem has what if the service in question does not have an Android app As well, some Twitter apps are more usable than the official Twitter app, but have far inferior notifications. Enter Pushover to solve the problem of lackluster notification support.

Pushover is a notification application for Android devices that will when certain send a notification when certain tasks are complete. One of the most popular services that works with Pushover is If This Than That (IFTTT.com). For those who’ve never heard of IFTTT.com, is a service that pairs two web applications to create an action which they call a recipe. For example, Twitter and Evernote can be paired so that whenever a tweet is save as a favorite, the tweet will be sent to a note in Evernote. Pushover can send a notification when one of these tasks happen.

Other services such as Github, Adium, Sick Beard and Zapier can all receive notifications through Pushover. Say for example, Adium is used of the office for all instant messaging. Using the Pushover notification application for Android can send an alert to a phone message is received while the computer screen is locked or the instant message status is set to away.

Other services such as Zapier are similar to IFTTT with more businesslike web applications. Again notifications can be sent to an Android device when the criteria is met such as:

  • Create Zendesk tickets from email
  • Add notes to a Evernote from email
  • Sending alerts to Google Chat for new PayPal sales
  • Twitter to HipChat

Overall, Pushover is in enabling app. It does nothing more than brings notifications to an Android for applications that don’t have a standalone application of their own.

Twitter App Updated for Push Notifications and Multiple App Support

Twitter App Updated for Push Notifications and Multiple App Support

Jul 14, 2011

The problem with Twitter apps on Android compared to their iOS equivalents have been push notifications, or the lack thereof. Most Android apps have supported notifications by way of checking at occasional intervals, not getting notifications pushed to them when they actually occur. Twitter has updated their app to support push notifications for instant notification of replies and messages. This may be running through Google’s “Cloud to Device Messaging” service, otherwise known as C2DM, as the app description requires the user to have a working Google account for push notifications to work. As of publication, notifications aren’t coming in as they are tweeted, especially when compared to the iOS app’s instantaneous notifications. This may just be some quirks with the system and pushing to Android at the moment, but hopefully it is fixed for all users soon. As well, users who use multiple accounts can now easily check and tweet from different accounts with the official app. The update is available now as a free download from the Android Market.