Push Notification (for Android OS)

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    Unhappy Push Notification (for Android OS)

    When i was buying my N1, i was somewhat naive in assuming that android would support Push.

    I mean, iPhone does it, so does Blackberry- so surely Android will, right?

    Unfortunately not. D:

    Does anybody know of any news, information.. anything that may give me hope this will be implemented?
    I'm aware google uses it for gmail and gtalk (or, so i've read).

    Push for Android OS, PLEASE!!
    Maybe then our Facebook application may be of some use?


    [If anybody else supports this please star the issue in here: Issue 7723 - android - Push Notification Service - Project Hosting on Google Code
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    Please be more specific.

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    Senior Member Sophia's Avatar
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    Why would Android need Push if it supports full multitasking?
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    Because having push notifications means the phone would actually notify you when, for example, somebody writes on your facebook wall.

    Also push notifications will reduce the need for syncing and draining the battery.

    It's a feature I would like to see, to run alongside multi tasking, not replace it.

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    draining the battery is a major reason for me. i'd love to have push for meebo or some other IM clients. Leaving them on when i'm not using it uses unacceptable amount of battery.

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    I agree. I too was surprised that Android didn't have push notifications. With everything else it does, it seems like a no brainer to add it.

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    Yes, ardynine!! I use ebuddy and while the app is left running my battery life is affected dramatically.
    Push is a perfect solution, in my opinion!!!

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    Can somebody explain what difference Push makes to just running the app itself in the background? I'd think (with my not-too-technical-brain) that even with push, SOME process has to run somewhere... but I'm willing to listen
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    Sophia, from what I imagine, the benefits of push is that instead of the phone having to refresh and look for updates/notifications itself, the application can use a server to 'push' a notification to the phone. Kind of similar to a text message, I guess. Instead that it is sent using data as opposed to an sms message.

    That is my theory, I may be wrong, & if I am I welcome anybody to educate me (:

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    yeah when there is new data, it is pushed to the phone rather than application running on the background and constantly checking to see if there is new data. using up cpu cycles and data. it makes a huge difference on battery use.

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