#push notifications

Erica Ogg:

If you’re sitting at your computer during the day, you probably don’t mind, or even notice, getting a lot of notifications there. But on your phone screen you might; you probably only want notifications for things you need at that exact moment and that you can take action on from your phone and while you’re away from a computer. And on a tiny wrist display? Probably very few alerts would make the cut. And for another twist, you and I likely differ in what we want.

Yeah, as a Pebble owner awaiting the iOS 7 push notifications, I’ve been thinking about this. I don’t want all the notifications I get on my phone — I sort of use those as a catch-all. I want only the most important notifications coming my way. And I want to choose what those are. That’s a tall order.

As odd as it seems now, when Apple first launched their iOS Push Notification services, they had absolutely no way to corral and manage them. For that, Boxcar was a godsend

I had written about Boxcar a number of times over the past couple of years as it became a must-have app on my phone, and later, my iPad and the Mac as well. Even after Apple entered the space with their own Notification Center (now baked into OS X Mountain Lion as well), Boxcar was useful because it allowed apps and services that might not otherwise do Push Notifications, to easily do them. And it allowed users to create their own.

It appears that work will continue under Kwaga, as they’re not shutting the service down, but investing more into it. Congrats to both teams.