Quick & fast iOS/Android custom push notifications?
March 5, 2014 7:59 PM Subscribe
I'm working on a project, and I want to be able to make a series of custom push notifications to a phone: for example: every time someone somewhere dies of a spider bite, I want to be notified.
posted by suedehead to Computers & Internet (3 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm working on a project, and I want to be able to make a series of custom push notifications to a phone, based on a series of processes/calculations done on a server elsewhere, in relation to the phone's lat/lon position. The app on the phone will have highly minimal functionality - say, displaying only an image or text, with no real UI or anything necessary.
Concrete example 1): Assume we have a convenient API that tracks the number of deaths per day. Every time the death count goes up, the mobile (ios/android) app receives a push message.
Concrete example 2): Let's say this API also has the location (lat/lon) and names of these deaths available. Every time you are within a 10 mile radius of a death that occurred within the last week, you get a push notification of the name of that deceased person.
Because these examples will be continually changing, I need to find a good prototyping / experimenting environment in which I can test these out. I can deal with getting the data and processing it; I'm more concerned with a quick, easy, and timely way to send notifications to a mobile app.
What's the quickest/easiest way to achieve this, using frameworks or push notification services, etc? Thanks!