Google Cloud Messaging vs OneSignal

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Google Cloud Messaging vs OneSignal: What are the differences?

Developers describe Google Cloud Messaging as "Simple and reliable messaging to reach over a billion devices". 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. On the other hand, OneSignal is detailed as "Free Mobile and Web Push Notifications". Free mobile and web push notification service.

Google Cloud Messaging and OneSignal can be categorized as "Mobile Push Messaging" tools.

Some of the features offered by Google Cloud Messaging are:

  • 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.

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

  • Multiplatform notifications
  • Web Push Support
  • Safari Push Notifications

"Free" is the primary reason why developers consider Google Cloud Messaging over the competitors, whereas "More parametrable" was stated as the key factor in picking OneSignal.

According to the StackShare community, OneSignal has a broader approval, being mentioned in 55 company stacks & 15 developers stacks; compared to Google Cloud Messaging, which is listed in 18 company stacks and 8 developer stacks.

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Pros of Google Cloud Messaging
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    Scalable
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    Easy iOS setup
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    Free of cost
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    More parametrable
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    Simple and Easy To Use. Well Documented :)
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    Device to device
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    Simple
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    Great support
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    Many Platforms
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    Free
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    Flexibility in working with web, android and iOS
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    Phonegap / Cordova / Ionic starters

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Cons of Google Cloud Messaging
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    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.

    What is OneSignal?

    OneSignal is a high volume push notification service for websites and mobile applications. OneSignal supports all major native and mobile platforms by providing dedicated SDKs for each platform, a RESTful server API, and a dashboard.

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    What are some alternatives to Google Cloud Messaging and OneSignal?
    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.
    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.
    RabbitMQ
    RabbitMQ gives your applications a common platform to send and receive messages, and your messages a safe place to live until received.
    Apple Push Notification Service
    It is the centerpiece of the remote notifications feature. It is a robust, secure, and highly efficient service for app developers to propagate information to iOS (and, indirectly, watchOS), tvOS, and macOS devices.
    MQTT
    It was designed as an extremely lightweight publish/subscribe messaging transport. It is useful for connections with remote locations where a small code footprint is required and/or network bandwidth is at a premium.
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