EasyJoin is a PushBullet and Join alternative for sharing links, files, and more between Android and your PC
Transferring pieces of content from a computer over to your Android device used to be quite the hassle. Most stuck with just sending an email to themselves, but there are some who came up with creative solutions to the problem. We saw the introduction of the Pushbullet application which soared in popularity before the developers introduced a paid tier and roped off a number of core features that so many people had grown to love. After some time we saw another developer join the fray with the application called Join, and it’s grown to include a lot of unique features. Now there is yet another contender with a new alternative called EasyJoin.
EasyJoin does a lot of what we already get from applications like Pushbullet and Join, but it does them in a way that offers something new to the end user. A lot of the features include the ability to interact with devices on the same network that have the EasyJoin app installed. No pairing required. You’re able to send SMS messages from your PC or tablet without ever pulling your connected phone out from your pocket and you can manage your phone calls like that as well. It even comes with the ability to send and receive files, folders, and contents of the clipboard from one device to another.
Some caveats on using this software before you decide it is for you:
1. It is local LAN connected, not Internet, so gives added security but you can't receive notifications for your phone you left at home. It also does end-to-end encryption so security is a big plus here.
2. It is a once-off $4.99 for the Pro Android version versus Pushbullet's $4.99/month.
3. Works fine for universal cut-and-paste (Pro only for Pushbullet).
4. It is desktop app only so no built-in browser integration.
5. The Linux app is actually a Windows app running with Mono so no native install. This works OK but it is not popping up notifications if the EasyJoin app is minimised to the taskbar. Maybe I missed something but I suggested to the devs that they consider a native Linux app in a Snap or AppImage for easy distribution.
6. There is no iOS version so interoperability between Android/Other and iOS.
But the app is still young so it would be interesting to what else develops. It could be though that your use case scenario just fits perfectly with this app vs PushBullet. For others PushBullet may still be a better option if the free version does what you need.
|EasyJoin is a PushBullet alternative for sharing between Android and PC
EasyJoin does a lot of what we already get from applications like Pushbullet and Join, but it does them in a way that offers something new to the end user.