FCM vs GCM Android

FCM is the newer version of GCM. Google rebranded GCM (Google Cloud Messaging) as FCM (Firebase Cloud Messaging) in 2018. FCM vs GCM can not be compared, as GCM is no longer available to use.

We can take you through the difference between FCM vs GCM and what makes the latter different. Before we go deeper let’s see each in detail.

What is GCM?

GCM is also known as Google Cloud Messaging was introduced in 2012 with the goal of making it the best mobile messaging platform to help marketers reach their users, notify them of important events and keep the data in their applications fresh. It was the standard API to implement push notifications into an Android app

What is FCM?

FCM (Firebase Cloud Messaging) is the new unified app platform introduced by Google to replace GCM. Firebase is a mobile platform that helps you quickly develop high-quality apps, grow your user base, and earn more money. Firebase is made up of complementary features that you can mix and match to fit your needs.

Google is investing in Firebase making it into a complete mobile suite for app developers. FCM inherits GCM’s core infrastructure, with new SDKs to make Cloud Messaging development easier.

Advantages of FCM

  • FCM a unified app platform
  • FCM comes with a panel to send notification
  • You can use Firebase Notifications, a serverless notifications solution with a web console that lets anyone send notifications to target specific audiences based on Firebase Analytics insights.
  • Provides better delivery reporting and a more reliable delivery rate
  • Simpler client development. You no longer have to write your own registration or subscription retry logic.
  • Includes ongoing feature enhancements such as the HTTP v1 API.

All the above advantages of FCM make it a better alternative to GCM (which has been deprecated and no longer exists).

Do let us know and share it with the community what do you think was GCM better or is FCM a good replacement and has better reach and updates?

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