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Push notifications

danielparedes97danielparedes97 Member ✭✭✭

https://devblogs.microsoft.com/appcenter/app-center-mbaas-retirement/

I'm working on a cross platform project, and AppCenter push service will not be available in May.

I only want a simple way to send push notifications, and I had found with AppCenter the perfect tool, but now Microsoft tell us to use Azure Notification Hub. The description of Azure Notification Hub is... "If you want full control over your notifications and don’t mind doing a little bit more work inside of your applications to set it up then Azure Notification Hubs is for you. Notification Hub sits in the middle of your server and devices to handle registration and offer a single source" but no, I want something similiar to AppCenter, just to send notifications.

Which alternative tool do you recommend me?

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  • GraverobberGraverobber Member ✭✭✭

    As far as I remember from my experience with Azure Notification Hub, the "Man in the middle" integration is optional.
    It is only if you need or want your own server to first receive the request and decide based on it to forward to Azure or do whatever you want to do.
    So if I understand correctly what you want is a Web interface where you set up a notification and send it to all or some devices by a button click. I'm pretty sure you can do that with Azure. Besides Azure is an industry leading platform that is used in many different fields so it is at least worth to have a look into it.
    But from my point of view because it is such a powerful tool it can be overwhelming and time consuming to understand all the different options and parameters and even the UI etc. so it might not be the solution for everyone.

    Other alternatives that I know of are OneSignal, which has a free plan that might fit your needs:
    https://onesignal.com

    PushWoosh, which has a much more limited free plan compared to OneSignal:
    https://www.pushwoosh.com

  • danielparedes97danielparedes97 Member ✭✭✭

    Thank you @Graverobber, I will try both !

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