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: serverless capabilities, 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. Google Cloud Platform (GCP) 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 users on their phones to real-time dashboards in mobile apps and the web, users no longer tolerate stale information. Modern tools can handle the complexity of real-time apps on behalf of developers. Firebase is a unified app platform for iOS, Android, and the web that lets you build better mobile apps and grow your business. Without requiring any server-side management, Cloud Functions lets you write single-purpose functions that respond to cloud events. Serverless solutions 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. GCP helps you strike this balance easily for your mobile backend, where non-interactive tasks get offloaded to GCP, 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 Kubernetes Engine powered by Kubernetes to automate deployment and scaling of your containerized applications. For developers with existing or legacy projects who want the full control of bare VMs, Compute Engine offers high performance VMs with industry-leading pricing and customizability. Use standard REST APIs or try the open source gRPC project for a lightweight data format used internally by engineering teams at Google.
Easy Storage & Analytics
With your data on GCP, unlock insights with Google's pioneering big data analytics products. Query petabytes of data with 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.
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 100 points of presence across many countries, meaning your app data reaches users with very low latency. Whether it’s raw application data or media-rich imagery and video, your app data travels Google’s global network from our data centers to your users, anywhere in the world.
Mobile App Backend Services
Learn about building, connecting, testing, and monitoring mobile backend services using Google Cloud Platform.Read the article
Build an Android App Using Firebase and the App Engine Flexible Environment
Learn how to write a mobile app for Android with backend data storage, real-time synchronization, and user-event logging using Firebase and the App Engine flexible environment.Read the tutorial
Build an iOS App Using Firebase and the App Engine Flexible Environment
Learn how to write a mobile app for iOS with backend data storage, real-time synchronization, and user-event logging using Firebase and the App Engine flexible environment.Read the tutorial
Use REST and Compute Engine to Build an iOS app
Learn how to build an iOS mobile app that uses REST to connect to a backend service hosted on a Compute Engine virtual machine.Read the tutorial
Use gRPC and Compute Engine to Build an iOS App
Learn how to build an iOS mobile app that uses gRPC to connect to a backend service hosted on a Compute Engine virtual machine.Read the tutorial
Build a Mobile Gaming Analytics Platform
Learn how to collect, store, and analyze large amounts of player-telemetry data on Google Cloud Platform.Read the article
Run Parse-server on Google Cloud Platform
Learn how to deploy a Parse-server app on Google Cloud Platform.Read the article
Google Developer Tools
Explore Google APIs and SDKs, including documentation, sample code, and support resources.Visit the Developer Site
“ 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