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Alternatives to Apple Push Notification Service

Google Cloud Messaging, Android SDK, Firebase, OneSignal, and PushCrew are the most popular alternatives and competitors to Apple Push Notification Service.
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What is Apple Push Notification Service and what are its top alternatives?

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.
Apple Push Notification Service is a tool in the Web Push Notifications category of a tech stack.

Top Alternatives to Apple Push Notification Service

  • Google Cloud Messaging
    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. ...

  • Android SDK
    Android SDK

    Android provides a rich application framework that allows you to build innovative apps and games for mobile devices in a Java language environment. ...

  • 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. ...

  • OneSignal
    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. ...

  • PushCrew
    PushCrew

    PushCrew enables any website to send push notifications to their users (even when they are not on the website). A simple JavaScript code makes it working on any website in less than 2 minutes. It's a fantastic new alternative to email marketing. ...

  • Azure Notification Hubs
    Azure Notification Hubs

    Tutorials, API references, and other documentation show you how to set up and send push notifications from any backend to any mobile device ...

  • Pushwoosh
    Pushwoosh

    Free unlimited cross platform push notifications! iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Phonegap, Unity, Marmalade, Adobe Air - we support them all! Easy integration, open-source SDK. ...

  • CometD
    CometD

    It is a web server to push data to a browser, without the browser explicitly requesting it. It is an umbrella term, encompassing multiple techniques for achieving this interaction. ...

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Google Cloud Messaging

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Simple and reliable messaging to reach over a billion devices.
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PROS OF GOOGLE CLOUD MESSAGING
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Android SDK

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    Powerful, simple, one stop environment
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    Jesus Dario Rivera Rubio
    Telecomm Engineering at Netbeast · | 10 upvotes · 918K views

    We are using React Native in #SmartHome to share the business logic between Android and iOS team and approach users with a unique brand experience. The drawback is that we require lots of native Android SDK and Objective-C modules, so a good part of the invested time is there. The gain for a app that relies less on native communication, sensors and OS tools should be even higher.

    Also it helps us set different testing stages: we use Travis CI for the javascript (business logic), Bitrise to run build tests and @Detox for #end2end automated user tests.

    We use a microservices structure on top of Zeit's @now that read from firebase. We use JWT auth to authenticate requests among services and from users, following GitHub philosophy of using the same infrastructure than its API consumers. Firebase is used mainly as a key-value store between services and as a backup database for users. We also use its authentication mechanisms.

    You can be super locked-in if you also rely on it's analytics, but we use Amplitude for that, which offers us great insights. Intercom for communications with end-user and Mailjet for marketing.

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    Sezgi Ulucam
    Developer Advocate at Hasura · | 7 upvotes · 777.3K views

    I've recently switched to using Expo for initializing and developing my React Native apps. Compared to React Native CLI, it's so much easier to get set up and going. Setting up and maintaining Android Studio, Android SDK, and virtual devices used to be such a headache. Thanks to Expo, I can now test my apps directly on my Android phone, just by installing the Expo app. I still use Xcode Simulator for iOS testing, since I don't have an iPhone, but that's easy anyway. The big win for me with Expo is ease of Android testing.

    The Expo SDK also provides convenient features like Facebook login, MapView, push notifications, and many others. https://docs.expo.io/versions/v31.0.0/sdk/

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    Firebase

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      Angular adaptor
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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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      Rapid prototyping
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      Great security
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      Automatic scaling
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      Freakingly awesome
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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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      The concurrent updates create a great experience
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      I can quickly create static web apps with no backend
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      Great all-round functionality
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      Free SSL
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      CDN & cache out of the box
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    Stephen Gheysens
    Senior Solutions Engineer at Twilio · | 14 upvotes · 900.5K views

    Hi Otensia! I'd definitely recommend using the skills you've already got and building with JavaScript is a smart way to go these days. Most platform services have JavaScript/Node SDKs or NPM packages, many serverless platforms support Node in case you need to write any backend logic, and JavaScript is incredibly popular - meaning it will be easy to hire for, should you ever need to.

    My advice would be "don't reinvent the wheel". If you already have a skill set that will work well to solve the problem at hand, and you don't need it for any other projects, don't spend the time jumping into a new language. If you're looking for an excuse to learn something new, it would be better to invest that time in learning a new platform/tool that compliments your knowledge of JavaScript. For this project, I might recommend using Netlify, Vercel, or Google Firebase to quickly and easily deploy your web app. If you need to add user authentication, there are great examples out there for Firebase Authentication, Auth0, or even Magic (a newcomer on the Auth scene, but very user friendly). All of these services work very well with a JavaScript-based application.

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    OneSignal

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    PROS OF ONESIGNAL
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      Simple and Easy To Use. Well Documented :)
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      Device to device
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      Many Platforms
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      Flexibility in working with web, android and iOS
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      Lukas Bergamo
      CEO & Founder at ¹OnePlace · | 7 upvotes · 306.8K views
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      At the beginning of the ¹OnePlace project, our team needed to decide which service to use to send bulk notifications to all users quickly and consistently. We tested some services without success and as we already used firebase we decided to implement in the beginning using Notifications by Firebase. We're having trouble updating the user's token to see if it has removed the app or not. This brought a working overhead and we were not sure if the notification had arrived at the destination. Today we use OneSignal, which did not bring reliability to the submitted notifications, nor do we need to bother with manual token updates. We ship approximately 500 thousand notifications with 100% delivery!

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      Yasmine de Aranda
      Chief Growth Officer at Huddol · | 7 upvotes · 172.6K views

      Hi there, we are a seed-stage startup in the personal development space. I am looking at building the marketing stack tool to have an accurate view of the user experience from acquisition through to adoption and retention for our upcoming React Native Mobile app. We qualify for the startup program of Segment and Mixpanel, which seems like a good option to get rolling and scale for free to learn how our current 60K free members will interact in the new subscription-based platform. I was considering AppsFlyer for attribution, and I am now looking at an affordable yet scalable Mobile Marketing tool vs. building in-house. Braze looks great, so does Leanplum, but the price points are 30K to start, which we can't do. I looked at OneSignal, but it doesn't have user flow visualization. I am now looking into Urban Airship and Iterable. Any advice would be much appreciated!

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      PushCrew

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        Demetrius Tautu

        If you need a free to use push notification service as an alternative to OneSignal PushCrew Pushwoosh PushBots , DigitalPUSH might be the right decision. - DigitalPUSH is free to use - Unlimited subscribers - Unlimited push notifications - No data collection / distribution - Segmentation - API - Scheduling - WordPress plugin

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        Azure Notification Hubs

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            Pushwoosh

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                If you need a free to use push notification service as an alternative to OneSignal PushCrew Pushwoosh PushBots , DigitalPUSH might be the right decision. - DigitalPUSH is free to use - Unlimited subscribers - Unlimited push notifications - No data collection / distribution - Segmentation - API - Scheduling - WordPress plugin

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                CometD

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