People frequently come to us with a request to create a text chat. Some of them want a messenger with a chat being the main or the only function. Others need to add chat into different projects, such as telemedicine. In this article, we’ll take a look at the most popular options for chat creation.
All solutions for chats can be split into two categories:
1. Ready-made chat platforms, such as Firechat, SendBird.
They have prepared functionality for main chat options. The developer needs to put a small effort and time to add a chat into an app or a website. But the behavior of functionality has strict borders by a platform creator, and possibilities for customization are limited.
2. Technologies for exchanging data between client and server, such as Firebase Cloud Messaging, Node.js + Socket.io.
They allow building a very flexible chat solution upon them. Those technologies take time to implement but offer unlimited possibilities for customization.
All the four solutions are cross-platform, they work on the web, iOS, Android.
Firebase Cloud Messaging is a platform for information exchange between a mobile app and a server. It’s widely used for notification send-out, and it can be used to build a chat on its foundation.
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