#IO15: Google Cloud Messaging

Google Cloud Messaging is a service that has been around for quite some time now, being talked about even at Google I/O 2013. In I/O 2015 that is currently underway, however, there have been more modifications and evolutions in the platform.


Google Cloud Messaging (GCM) is basically a service for Android which enables users to send and receive data in the form of messages, to and from servers and Android devices on the same connection.

While this can be used to send messages to devices, it can also be used to interact with applications remotely. For instance, an email application is pinged by the server when a new email is received. This tells the application to sync with the server.

It basically presents a unique and innovative method for developers to interact with devices remotely – all through the cloud messaging platform.


At Google I/O 2015, announcements were made regarding the Cloud Messaging platform to expand it to iOS and even the web, to make the experience more unified over various platforms.

Stay tuned for more information!