Google Brings Its Cloud Messaging Push Notification Service To Chrome

Posted: May 11, 2013 in Google, GT, Technology
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At last year’s I/O, Google launched its Cloud
Messaging push notification service for Android. This
week, it extended this service to Chrome and Chrome
OS, which, Google says, allows Chrome apps and
extension developers to wake up their apps remotely
and/or send alerts to users. While mobile app developers have long been familiar
with the concept of push notifications, this is a pretty
novel service for web developers. Unless a Chrome
app or extension is running in the background and
pulling down information from the service, after all,
users can’t usually receive alerts like news updates or stock ticker notifications from the developers’
servers. Google product manager Mark Scott writes in his
announcement that ”event pages keep apps and
extensions efficient by allowing them to respond to a
variety of events, such as timers or navigation to a
particular site, without having to remain running
persistently.” This works, but it does consume bandwidth and reduce battery life if you are on a
laptop or Chromebook. Cloud Messaging for Chrome, on the other hand,
allows developers to push messages directly to
signed-in users. As long as the user is signed in and
on a machine where the app or extension is installed,
the alerts should automatically start appearing. To get developers started with this service, the
Chrome team has published a couple of sample apps,
as well as a pretty in-depth tutorial.

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