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Developers describe AWS Mobile Hub as "Build, test, and monitor usage of your mobile apps". AWS Mobile Hub is the fastest way to build mobile apps powered by AWS. It lets you easily add and configure features for your apps, including user authentication, data storage, backend logic, push notifications, content delivery, and analytics. After you build your app, AWS Mobile Hub gives you easy access to testing on real devices, as well as analytics dashboards to track usage of your app – all from a single, integrated console. On the other hand, Firebase is detailed as "The Realtime App Platform". 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.

AWS Mobile Hub and Firebase are primarily classified as "Mobile Backend" and "Realtime Backend / API" tools respectively.

Some of the features offered by AWS Mobile Hub are:

  • Quickly build apps without worrying about infrastructure.
  • Test your apps on real Android and iOS devices in the cloud
  • Track usage and monetization, and engage users with push notifications.

On the other hand, Firebase provides the following key features:

  • Add the Firebase library to your app and get access to a shared data structure. Any changes made to that data are automatically synchronized with the Firebase cloud and with other clients within milliseconds.
  • Firebase apps can be written entirely with client-side code, update in real-time out-of-the-box, interoperate well with existing services, scale automatically, and provide strong data security.
  • Data Accessibility- Data is stored as JSON in Firebase. Every piece of data has its own URL which can be used in Firebase's client libraries and as a REST endpoint. These URLs can also be entered into a browser to view the data and watch it update in real-time.
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We are starting to work on a web-based platform aiming to connect artists (clients) and professional freelancers (service providers). In-app, timeline-based, real-time communication between users (& storing it), file transfers, and push notifications are essential core features. We are considering using Node.js, ExpressJS, React, MongoDB stack with Socket.IO & Apollo, or maybe using Real-Time Database and functionalities of Firebase.

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Timothy Malstead
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I would recommend looking hard into Firebase for this project, especially if you do not have dedicated full-stack or backend members on your team.

The real time database, as you mentioned, is a great option, but I would also look into Firestore. Similar to RTDB, it adds more functions and some cool methods as well. Also, another great thing about Firebase is you have easy access to storage and dead simple auth as well.

Node.js Express MongoDB Socket.IO and Apollo are great technologies as well, and may be the better option if you do not wish to cede as much control to third parties in your application.

Overall, I say if you wish to focus more time developing your React application instead of other parts of your stack, Firebase is a great way to do that.

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Hello Noam 👋,

I suggest taking a look at Ably, it has all the realtime features you need and the platform is designed to guarantee critical functionality at scale.

Here is an in depth comparison between Ably and Firebase

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Hey Noam,

I would recommend you to take a look into 8base. It has features you've requested, also relation database and GraphQL API which will help you to develop rapidly.

Thanks, Ilya

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Pros of AWS Mobile Hub
Pros of Firebase
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    • 361
      Realtime backend made easy
    • 263
      Fast and responsive
    • 234
      Easy setup
    • 207
      Real-time
    • 186
      JSON
    • 127
      Free
    • 121
      Backed by google
    • 81
      Angular adaptor
    • 63
      Reliable
    • 36
      Great customer support
    • 26
      Great documentation
    • 23
      Real-time synchronization
    • 20
      Mobile friendly
    • 17
      Rapid prototyping
    • 12
      Great security
    • 11
      Automatic scaling
    • 10
      Freakingly awesome
    • 8
      Chat
    • 8
      Angularfire is an amazing addition!
    • 8
      Super fast development
    • 6
      Awesome next-gen backend
    • 6
      Ios adaptor
    • 5
      Built in user auth/oauth
    • 5
      Firebase hosting
    • 4
      Speed of light
    • 4
      Very easy to use
    • 3
      It's made development super fast
    • 3
      Great
    • 3
      Brilliant for startups
    • 2
      Great all-round functionality
    • 2
      Low battery consumption
    • 2
      I can quickly create static web apps with no backend
    • 2
      The concurrent updates create a great experience
    • 2
      JS Offline and Sync suport
    • 1
      Faster workflow
    • 1
      Large
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      Serverless
    • 1
      .net
    • 1
      Free SSL
    • 1
      Good Free Limits
    • 1
      Push notification
    • 1
      Easy to use
    • 1
      Easy Reactjs integration

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    Cons of AWS Mobile Hub
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      • 27
        Can become expensive
      • 15
        Scalability is not infinite
      • 14
        No open source, you depend on external company
      • 9
        Not Flexible Enough
      • 5
        Cant filter queries
      • 3
        Very unstable server
      • 2
        Too many errors
      • 2
        No Relational Data

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      What is AWS Mobile Hub?

      AWS Mobile Hub is the fastest way to build mobile apps powered by AWS. It lets you easily add and configure features for your apps, including user authentication, data storage, backend logic, push notifications, content delivery, and analytics. After you build your app, AWS Mobile Hub gives you easy access to testing on real devices, as well as analytics dashboards to track usage of your app – all from a single, integrated console.

      What is 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.

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      Reviews of AWS Mobile Hub and Firebase
      Review of
      Firebase

      Firebase is great, cheap and very flexible. Their docs are very helpful and so is the customer support, but the one thing that is so awesome about firebase is that everything is done in realtime!

      Review of
      Firebase

      We were looking for a solution to find out about all the errors our customers experienced but never informed us about.

      How developers use AWS Mobile Hub and Firebase
      Instacart uses
      Firebase

      We use it for a few things. We use it internally for a few dashboards because it’s actually really nice to have real-time dashboard data with Firebase. We also use it extensively for live order updating. For example, when a shopper is picking your items, you'll be able to go on your order screen. There will be live showing like found or not found or whatever. You'll have live position updating of your shopper on the map. You will have live information of the status of the order like “Nicole is now picking up your order,” and all these kind of things, so you don’t have to reload the page or pull or anything. Just live updates happen natively through Firebase API, which is nice.

      Instacart uses
      Firebase

      We use it for a few things. We use it internally for a few dashboards because it’s actually really nice to have real-time dashboard data with Firebase. We also use it extensively for live order updating. For example, when a shopper is picking your items, you'll be able to go on your order screen. There will be live showing like found or not found or whatever. You'll have live position updating of your shopper on the map. You will have live information of the status of the order like “Nicole is now picking up your order,” and all these kind of things, so you don’t have to reload the page or pull or anything. Just live updates happen natively through Firebase API, which is nice.

      ttandon uses
      Firebase

      Used for storing results of users (malaria predictions) and displaying to user in the app. Although the realtime aspect wasn't huge in this project, it was much quicker to push data elements for each user as firebase elements since they were purely numerical and very small. And again, the idea of familiarity - I've worked with Firebase at previous hackathons, so no need to spend time going through docs, just straight to the coding.

      Addo uses
      Firebase

      Still in development, but we will soon (January 2016) be releasing a version that uses Firebase to keep the front end up to date in real time. Certain data are synchronised across RDS and Firebase to optimize the user experience.

      Lee Munroe uses
      Firebase

      Firebase made it really easy to do two things. 1) Store the shared code developers were sharing 2) Make it real-time simply by including some of their JS libraries. The reason I built CodeShare was to try out Firebase.

      Peter Andersen uses
      AWS Mobile Hub

      Integration of common services for the app (push notification, sign-in etc)