Firebase vs Pusher: What are the differences?
Firebase: 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; Pusher: 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.
Firebase and Pusher can be primarily classified as "Realtime Backend / API" tools.
Some of the features offered by Firebase are:
- 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.
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.
"Realtime backend made easy" is the primary reason why developers consider Firebase over the competitors, whereas "An easy way to give customers realtime features" was stated as the key factor in picking Pusher.
Instacart, 9GAG, and Twitch are some of the popular companies that use Firebase, whereas Pusher is used by Product Hunt, Groupon, and Buffer. Firebase has a broader approval, being mentioned in 859 company stacks & 992 developers stacks; compared to Pusher, which is listed in 125 company stacks and 42 developer stacks.