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by Daniel Woolstencroft

How to get your Android Phone to send SMS Notifications to your iPad

Not sure how many people fit into the Android + iPad demographic, but I thought I’d post this in the hope that someone thinks its useful, or neat.

It’s also a good example of what’s possible on Android versus the iPhone, as there’s no way given the current state of iOS 4 you could achieve this using an iPhone iPad pair. It’s definitely something Apple should consider implementing though - shared messaging and notifications across all your iOS apps would be pretty cool. Especially if the Apple TV ends up with an iOS powered update.

I came across an Android app called Remote Notifier which can be used to send notifications from your phone to the Growl notification process running on a PC (Mac only at the moment I think, but Windows is coming). You just have to install a notifier app on your desktop, and configure the app on your phone, and it will broadcast notifications when it’s on Wifi (or Bluetooth). Then your Mac wil pop up a Growl message passing on whatever the phone’s said.

The next step is to configure the Boxcar plugin for Growl, which will send any Growl notifications from your desktop to your iPad (or iPod Touch, or iPhone). This is quite handy for downloaded complete notifications and such anyway, even without the Android notifier component.

Given the impressive battery life on the iPad, and the convenience of browsing on it when you’re in front of the TV or in bed, not having your phone by your side is a reasonable scenario. With this setup you’ll know if anyone sends an SMS or tries to call you. You’ll even know if your battery is running down.

Let me know if you find this useful. It’s certainly food for thought when you consider the flexibility of Android powered devices versus iOS ones.