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OneSignal vs Pusher: What are the differences?

Developers describe OneSignal as "Free Mobile and Web Push Notifications". Free mobile and web push notification service. On the other hand, Pusher is detailed as "Hosted APIs to build realtime apps with less code". Pusher is the category leader in delightful APIs for app developers building communication and collaboration features.

OneSignal belongs to "Mobile Push Messaging" category of the tech stack, while Pusher can be primarily classified under "Realtime Backend / API".

Some of the features offered by OneSignal are:

  • Multiplatform notifications
  • Web Push Support
  • Safari Push Notifications

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

  • Easily build scalable in-app notifications, chat, realtime graphs, geotracking and more in your web & mobile apps with our hosted pub/sub messaging API.
  • Send programmable push notifications to iOS and Android devices with delivery and open rate tracking built in.
  • Easily add 1-1 and group Chat to your web & mobile apps. Presence, message storage, rich media, notifications, typing indicators and more.

"More parametrable" is the primary reason why developers consider OneSignal over the competitors, whereas "An easy way to give customers realtime features" was stated as the key factor in picking Pusher.

According to the StackShare community, Pusher has a broader approval, being mentioned in 125 company stacks & 42 developers stacks; compared to OneSignal, which is listed in 55 company stacks and 15 developer stacks.

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Pros of OneSignal
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    Free of cost
  • 22
    More parametrable
  • 17
    Simple and Easy To Use. Well Documented :)
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    Device to device
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    Many Platforms
  • 9
    Great support
  • 8
  • 4
    Flexibility in working with web, android and iOS
  • 4
    Phonegap / Cordova / Ionic starters
  • 1
  • 55
    An easy way to give customers realtime features
  • 40
  • 34
  • 27
    Easy to get started with
  • 25
    Free plan
  • 12
    Heroku Add-on
  • 11
    Easy and fast to configure and to understand
  • 9
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    Azure Add-on
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    Push notification

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    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.

    What is Pusher?

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

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    What are some alternatives to OneSignal and Pusher?
    Free unlimited cross platform push notifications! iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Phonegap, Unity, Marmalade, Adobe Air - we support them all! Easy integration, open-source SDK.
    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.
    Firebase Cloud Messaging
    It is a cross-platform messaging solution that lets you reliably deliver messages at no cost. You can notify a client app that new email or other data is available to sync. You can send notification messages to drive user re-engagement and retention. For use cases such as instant messaging, a message can transfer a payload of up to 4KB to a client app.
    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.
    It’s easy to set up, and no technical skills are required. Using Their services, your website can subscribe users to receive pop-up notifications whenever they are online, regardless of what browser they are using or if they are on a mobile device.
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