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DeskNotifier Brings Android Notifications To Your Windows Desktop
Have you ever found yourself at your PC without your phone at hand, only to later realize that you’ve missed an important call or text? Perhaps you’re just too lazy to get up and grab your device—or maybe, that’s just me. In any case, it would be great if you could receive all the notifications from your device straight to the desktop on your PC. And it would be even better if you could also respond without actually having the device in hand. Well, now you can.
XDA member greenday123 has developed DeskNotifier to allow you do just that—have your device notifications pushed straight to your Windows desktop and send SMS messages to anybody in your contact list without even touching the device itself. Simply install the relevant software on your PC and the app on your phone, and then pair the two via USB or WiFi, and your all set.
The app runs as a background service and receives various notifications such as calls and texts. It also receives notifications from third party apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Viber, Gmail, etc. In my experience testing the app, it will essentially notify you of anything that appears in your notification drawer. Just don’t do something stupid like trying to get it running without first installing the PC software. I guess that’s what I get for trying to think before my morning coffee.
The application should work with most devices, and is available in both English and German. It can be found here in the application thread.
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