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Simple and reliable messaging to reach over a billion devices.

What is Google Cloud Messaging?

Google Cloud Messaging (GCM) is a free service that enables developers to send messages between servers and client apps. This includes downstream messages from servers to client apps, and upstream messages from client apps to servers.
Google Cloud Messaging is a tool in the Mobile Push Messaging category of a tech stack.

Who uses Google Cloud Messaging?

20 companies reportedly use Google Cloud Messaging in their tech stacks, including paytm, Ressy Technologies Private Limited, and Life360, serving 800 million API requests per day.

48 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Google Cloud Messaging.

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Why developers like Google Cloud Messaging?

Here’s a list of reasons why companies and developers use Google Cloud Messaging
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Google Cloud Messaging's Features

  • Versatile Messaging Targets: Distribute messages to your client app in any of three ways — to single devices, to groups of devices, or to devices subscribed to topics.
  • Downstream Messaging: For purposes such as alerting users, chat messaging or kicking off background processing before the user opens the client app, GCM provides a reliable and battery-efficient connection between your server and devices.
  • Upstream Messaging: Send acknowledgments, chats, and other messages from devices back to your server over GCM’s reliable and battery-efficient connection channel.

Google Cloud Messaging Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Google Cloud Messaging?
Firebase is a cloud service designed to power real-time, collaborative applications. Simply add the Firebase library to your application to gain access to a shared data structure; any changes you make to that data are automatically synchronized with the Firebase cloud and with other clients within milliseconds.
RabbitMQ gives your applications a common platform to send and receive messages, and your messages a safe place to live until received.
Amazon SNS
Amazon Simple Notification Service makes it simple and cost-effective to push to mobile devices such as iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, and internet connected smart devices, as well as pushing to other distributed services. Besides pushing cloud notifications directly to mobile devices, SNS can also deliver notifications by SMS text message or email, to Simple Queue Service (SQS) queues, or to any HTTP endpoint.
Free mobile and web push notification service.
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Google Cloud Messaging's Stats

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Google Cloud Messaging's Followers
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