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The Android notification bar is one of my favourite aspects of the OS – and I’m certainly not alone. Even iPhone fans succumbed to its lure when Apple introduced an identical feature with iOS 5.

It’s underutilised to say the least, with most notifications coming either from the phone itself or third-party apps letting you know who just tweeted you. Imagine if your website, computer, servers, desktop apps or pretty much anything else could send you important messages, updates and alerts straight to your Android.

That’s the idea behind Pushover: push messages, straight to your phone. Here’s how to get the most out of it.

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It’s no secret that I love Android. As soon as it was announced, I fell in love with it and was sure it would be better than the iPhone. One of the reasons I love Android so much is the ease of developing on the platform. It’s why I switched from Blackberry, it’s why I keep buying Android powered devices, and it’s why I won’t switch to the iPhone.

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