Just in time to cash in on Pushbullet’s PR nightmare, MightyText is rolling out their new desktop app. Many users have already dropped Pushbullet in response to recent changes, and now the competition just got a little bit more tempting.
Both Pushbullet and MightyText are apps that serve to smooth over the seam between your smartphone and computer. Both let you push files and links from one device to another, and if you receive a text message or notification, it will appear on your desktop as well as on your phone. Replying to text messages without ever having to leave your keyboard is extremely easy to get used to. Once you’ve been using a service like this for a while, you won’t be able to imagine going back to your caveman ways, clumsily reaching for your phone every time you get a new text message.
Earlier this week, Pushbullet rolled out their new Pushbullet Pro premium membership. However, they have been heavily criticized for it, and with good reason. Pushbullet Pro is effectively what regular Pushbullet has always been. The company is now charging $5 per month or $40 per year for capabilities that used to be free. The non-pro membership tier is about to lose features like universal copy and paste and mirrored notification action support, and remaining features are getting caps slapped onto them. For instance, regular Pushbullet users will now have a limit of 100 sent text messages per month.
Competition between Pushbullet and MightyText has long been fairly fierce. Both apps provide very similar services and are both very positively reviewed on the Google Play store. MightyText boasts over 98,000 downloads, but Pushbullet has the lead with over 146,000. Although MightyText has a similar tiered pay system for similar services, they haven’t ever made previously-free services suddenly cost money. Since a fair number of Pushbullet’s userbase now feels somewhat betrayed by the company, MightyText could see a significant uptick in business.
Are you a Pushbullet user? How are the company’s recent changes looking to affect you? Would you consider making the swap to MightyText? Let us know in the comments.