Google Cloud Messaging vs Twilio: 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, Twilio is detailed as "Bring voice and messaging to your web and mobile applications". 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.
Google Cloud Messaging belongs to "Mobile Push Messaging" category of the tech stack, while Twilio can be primarily classified under "Voice and SMS".
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, Twilio provides the following key features:
- Phone- Phone Numbers API
- Phone- Convert Text to Speech and Play Audio
- Phone- Record Calls and Store Them
"Free" is the top reason why over 6 developers like Google Cloud Messaging, while over 132 developers mention "Powerful, simple, and well documented api" as the leading cause for choosing Twilio.
According to the StackShare community, Twilio has a broader approval, being mentioned in 684 company stacks & 292 developers stacks; compared to Google Cloud Messaging, which is listed in 18 company stacks and 8 developer stacks.
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