Push App helps Facebook and Twitter users save battery life

February 25, 2011
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Tired of having to sync his Android device every give minutes to update his Twitter and Facebook feeds, XDA developer "rosenbaa29" has found a workaround thanks to an app called "PUSHEE." The app is designed to bypass the automatic refresh cycle of apps like Facebook and Twitter, which can drain an Android battery pretty quickly. Still in it's BETA stage, Pushee is the first ever social push notification app for Android designed to save battery power and notifies users by push notification, rather than sync.

Here's how it works. Instead of your Android phone checking the Facebook/Twitter servers for updates, Pushee's servers check your accounts every 60-90 seconds. When an update is found, a push message is sent to your phone. The result, is no battery drain. Course, that means users have to give log in information to Pushee, but that's nothing new with third party apps.

Users wishing to give Pushee a try can get it at the Pushee Development page. To install, make sure the "Unknown Sources" tab in Settings -> Application screen before downloading to allow installation this app.

[via XDA Developers]


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  • Push FTW

    While I don’t use Facebook nor Twitter I’m sure many will find this app to be a big help and I for one am rather shocked someone hasn’t put something like this out sooner (Google?!?!), or have they?

    Maybe that will be Google’s next big push in the app market, to push whatever you want directly to your phone instead of the phone constantly checking and draining the battery. . . seems like a logical step.

    • http://blog.cocchiararo.com.ar/ Roberto

      Tweetissimo (http://www.tweetissimo.com/) which is in private alpha/beta has this for twitter (might implement facebook too).

      Facebook had push notifications for 2.2+ devices for like a freaking day, then it stoped working :P

  • http://twitter.com/mrquick Gary Quick

    I have to say that at this moment the app is a failure.
    Every time I try to register a new account it gives me a generic error message without any detail about what may be wrong.

    • http://twitter.com/mystro2b Ken Pendergrass

      I’m getting this same error on my Droid X…bummer

    • http://twitter.com/mystro2b Ken Pendergrass

      I’m getting this same error on my Droid X…bummer

    • Japrice1988

      It doesn’t work due to the fact that the original commentor/dev of the app previously stated

      “The company we were leasing a server from was shut down (reasons we dont know), and we are currently looking to buy a new dedicated server to use.”

      If it has its own server to check for the updates, and that server is currently nonexistant, then you can’t register, or get updates. 2+2=4

  • http://twitter.com/mrquick Gary Quick

    I have to say that at this moment the app is a failure.
    Every time I try to register a new account it gives me a generic error message without any detail about what may be wrong.

  • http://twitter.com/DadsBeenDrinkin Its all about The U

    Guys, I am the Developer. I had no idea this article was written! As i LOVE the idea of the free press for the app, I wish I would have been contacted by the writer.

    The company we were leasing a server from was shut down (reasons we dont know), and we are currently looking to buy a new dedicated server to use.

    This app doesn not rely on the app on your phone to run, it relies on a server to check your accounts and then notify your phone through a push message which is how it saves your battery life.

    We will be re-releasing this app with a new server as soon as we can, and if you are the writer or this article I will contact you as soon as its up and running! I hope you can then re-release this article.

    Thanks to all who have shown interest in the app!

    Justin,
    Atomic Pineapple

    • http://twitter.com/wane1024 Wayne Lin

      @Justin – for users that have high volumes of twitter and facebook updates will push notification still save battery life? If my phone is getting pushed an update once a minute with updates via PUSHEE is that better than my facebook/twitter app checking for updates frequently?

      • http://twitter.com/DadsBeenDrinkin Its all about The U

        Yes, it absolutely would be better. Every time your phone “checks” for updates it is using 100′s of times the amount of battery power than it takes to receive a push notification. Think of a push message as a text message, where as when your apps are checking for a FB update, they are logging into FB and uploading and downloading data.

        While this example is not at all scientific, i think it gives a general idea of what I mean.

      • http://twitter.com/DadsBeenDrinkin Its all about The U

        Yes, it absolutely would be better. Every time your phone “checks” for updates it is using 100′s of times the amount of battery power than it takes to receive a push notification. Think of a push message as a text message, where as when your apps are checking for a FB update, they are logging into FB and uploading and downloading data.

        While this example is not at all scientific, i think it gives a general idea of what I mean.

    • Mursepaolo

      so.. when are you coming back?