Google finally killing GCM Service

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Last night google send out the following notification.

In order to devote more time and attention to improving FCM, today we’re announcing that you must upgrade to FCM in the next year. The GCM server and client APIs are deprecated and will be removed as soon as April 11, 2019. We recommend you upgrade sooner rather than later so you can start taking advantage of the new features in FCM today.

Seems they have finally decided to pull the plug on the GCM service. Luckily migration is not that complicated. However it will entail changes of the your backend services and the app its-self.

For the C# world that means if you are using Pushsharp you should look into migrating to a library that uses FCM. This library is also not being maintained so it is best to look at alternatives. Making the library point to the FCM service should work according to google documentation but I wouldn’t suggest such as approach.

Luckily libraries like FirebaseNet are now available.

Given there is ample time to do the changes (deadline is April 2019) I would suggest you also review the new features of FCM, mainly group notifications as they improve drastically the processing needed to send push notifications to the devices.

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