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Alternatives to SendBird

PubNub, Stream, Firebase, QuickBlox, and MessageBird are the most popular alternatives and competitors to SendBird.
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What is SendBird and what are its top alternatives?

SendBird is a Messaging SDK, Chat API, and fully managed chat infrastructure for your mobile apps and websites. Embeddable chat for iOS, Android, JavaScript, Unity, .NET.
SendBird is a tool in the Communications SDK category of a tech stack.

Top Alternatives to SendBird

  • PubNub
    PubNub

    PubNub makes it easy for you to add real-time capabilities to your apps, without worrying about the infrastructure. Build apps that allow your users to engage in real-time across mobile, browser, desktop and server. ...

  • Stream
    Stream

    Stream allows you to build scalable feeds, activity streams, and chat. Stream’s simple, yet powerful API’s and SDKs are used by some of the largest and most popular applications for feeds and chat. SDKs available for most popular languages. ...

  • Firebase
    Firebase

    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. ...

  • QuickBlox
    QuickBlox

    Add powerful communication features to your mobile app and data services for your backend<br> ...

  • MessageBird
    MessageBird

    At MessageBird we believe that communicating with a business should feel as natural as communicating with a friend. That's why our SMS, Voice and Conversations APIs continue to revolutionize company-customer interactions. ...

  • CometChat
    CometChat

    It enables developers to create 100% customized chat applications. Use our sample apps & build what you imagine. It enables product managers to add chat with pre-built UI to websites within a few minutes. Use our ready-to-use chat plugin. ...

  • Pusher
    Pusher

    Pusher is the category leader in delightful APIs for app developers building communication and collaboration features. ...

  • Twilio
    Twilio

    Twilio offers developers a powerful API for phone services to make and receive phone calls, and send and receive text messages. Their product allows programmers to more easily integrate various communication methods into their software and programs. ...

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Build real-time apps quickly and scale them globally.
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PROS OF PUBNUB
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    Massively scalable & easy to use
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    Reliable
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    Great support
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    Sockets at Scale
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    High-Performance
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    Multiplexing
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    High-Reliability
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    Angular 2+ integration
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    Easy integration with iOS apps
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    Easy setup and very reliable
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    High cost, going up more in Summer '15
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    Cool
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    Documentation, easy to use, great people/service
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Stream

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Build scalable feeds, activity streams & chat in a few hours instead of months.
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PROS OF STREAM
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      Reliable
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      Great customer support
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      Great documentation
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      Real-time synchronization
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      Mobile friendly
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      Automatic scaling
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      Angularfire is an amazing addition!
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      Super fast development
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      Speed of light
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      It's made development super fast
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      Free hosting
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      Great all-round functionality
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      Easy to use
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      Easy Reactjs integration
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      Free SSL
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      Faster workflow
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      Google's support
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      Simple and easy
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      CDN & cache out of the box
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      Large
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      Can become expensive
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      Scalability is not infinite
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      Not Flexible Enough
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      No Relational Data
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      Very unstable server
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    QuickBlox logo

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