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The Mobile Cloud Era

Mobile devices backed by scalable machine intelligence in the cloud is the defining computing paradigm of our time. Modern tools require special consideration for the challenges developers face on mobile: a cloud-first data model capable of persisting data even when the device is offline, low-latency access to media anywhere in the world, and real-time data synchronization across all mobile platforms. Cloud Platform gives developers comprehensive solutions with a focus on ease of use and speed – all without having to manage infrastructure.

Agility Enabled by Serverless and Real-Time

From a ridesharing car that blips toward a user on her smartphone, new social posts that appear in-stream instantly, to real-time dashboards in mobile apps and the mobile web, users no longer tolerate stale information. Modern tools should handle the complexity of real-time applications on behalf of developers. The Firebase realtime database is a serverless NoSQL database that syncs data across all devices, and works even if the user’s device is offline. Without requiring any server-side management, Cloud Functions lets you write single-purpose functions that respond to cloud events, or can be invoked synchronously. Serverless technologies like Firebase and Cloud Functions let mobile developers focus on what’s important: a great client-side user experience, and shipping fast.

Mobile Backend at Google Scale

Today’s best apps blend client and cloud into a single platform, creating highly responsive experiences for users backed by powerful computing resources remotely. Cloud Platform helps you strike this balance easily for your mobile backend, where non-interactive tasks get offloaded to Cloud Platform, resulting in improved battery life on mobile, lower bandwidth usage, and a snappy client experience on mobile.

With App Engine, focus only on differentiating, high-level business logic using your favorite language. If you’re doing container-based development, try Container Engine powered by Kubernetes to automate deployment and scaling of your containerized applications. For developers with existing or legacy deployments who simply want the full control of bare VMs, Compute Engine offers high performance VMs with industry-leading pricing. Communicate between mobile and cloud using standard REST APIs, or try the open source gRPC project for a lightweight data format used internally by engineering teams at Google.

Storage & Analytics

Store binary media or structured data and metadata on Google’s secure, global infrastructure. Choose from managed SQL to NoSQL options, including our category-defining archival product Nearline.

With your data securely on Cloud Platform, the real value can begin to be unlocked with Google’s best of breed big data analytics products. Query petabytes of data generated by your app using BigQuery, all without managing any infrastructure. Process both offline and real-time streaming data from your mobile apps using a unified programming model with Dataflow. Cloud Platform’s end-to-end capabilities have everything modern businesses need to power the most ambitious mobile applications.

Speed is a Feature

Speed is a feature, and latency makes or breaks the mobile user experience. Google’s private fiber network spans the globe with over 70 points of presence across 33 countries, meaning your app data reaches users with the lowest latency possible. Whether it’s raw application data or the media-rich imagery and video that defines modern mobile usage, Google’s global network ensures your app data traverses our private network from our data centers to your users, anywhere in the world.

Hybrid

Modern enterprises are building hybrid mobile apps that blend their on-prem applications and databases with Cloud Platform using the Cloud Networking family of products. Use virtual private cloud (VPC) and VPN to define custom networking policies as you connect your place to ours. Cloud Interconnect gives your company a private connection to Google’s network, avoiding the public Internet to enhance reliability and lower latency. You can protect your existing investments by extending your infrastructure to Google’s cloud.

Mobile Ecosystem

Beyond Cloud Platform, tap into great mobile-first services across Google to launch your next app. Handle your messaging and push notifications with Cloud PubSub, check out all the new developer features in the Android world, or distribute your app using Google’s world-class products.

MOBILE GUIDES

In-depth guides and resources will help you get your mobile development up and running

Mobile App Backend Services

Learn about building, connecting, testing, and monitoring mobile backend services using Google Cloud Platform.

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Use Firebase and App Engine in an Android App

Learn how to write a mobile app with backend data storage, real-time synchronization, and email notifications using Firebase and Google App Engine.

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Build an App Using Compute Engine and REST

Learn how to build an iOS mobile app that uses REST to connect to a backend service hosted on a Compute Engine virtual machine.

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Build a Mobile Gaming Analytics Platform

Learn how to collect, store, and analyze large amounts of player-telemetry data on Google Cloud Platform.

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Run Parse-server on Cloud Platform

Learn how easy it is to get started developing Parse-server apps running on Google Cloud Platform.

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Google Developer Tools

Explore Google APIs and SDKs, including documentation, sample code, and support resources.

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“ App Engine enabled us to focus on developing the application. We wouldn’t have gotten here without the ease of development that App Engine gave us. ”

— Bobby Murphy CTO, Snapchat