With the technological world evolving with every passing minute, most businesses are now adapting a
cloud-based model. Cloud-based services cater to developers’ needs so they can develop fast, efficient, serverless, and secure web and mobile applications. AWS Amplify is one such application that has become hugely popular among developers.
applications. Originally founded as an independent company by James Tamplin and Andrew Lee in 2011, Firebase was acquired by Google in 2014, and has now become their flagship offering for web development. Over the time, Google has added significantly to the Firebase portfolio. Google has also extensively integrated Firebase with other services that they offer, such as Google Cloud Platform, AdMob, etc.
Similarities between AWS Amplify and Google Firebase
Advantages and Disadvantages
Advantages of AWS Amplify
- Cloud Capabilities: AWS Amplify takes advantage of the cloud capabilities of AWS. It offers many cloud features that can be utilized to improve existing applications.
- Scalability: With AWS Amplify, you can scale your app.
- GraphQL: AWS Amplify uses GraphQL to simplify data processing.
- Cheaper: Prices are more manageable and can be adjusted according to usage.
- Compatibility: AWS Amplify can be used to create native Android or iOS apps. It also supports React Native, Flutter, and other cross-platform frameworks.
- Storage: AWS Amplify is very well integrated with AWS storage solutions.
- Integration: Developers can integrate their apps to various AWS capabilities such as Amazon Cognito, Amazon S3, AI/ML, and analytics.
- Tools: With AWS Amplify, you get a CLI, and a workflow. You can get access to its libraries and UI components as well.
- Easy to Implement: Common functions such as user authentication, push notifications, managing messages and subscriptions, etc. can be implemented very easily.
- Development and Support: AWS Amplify is constantly being developed, and will get even better in the coming years. You will also be getting consistent support.
Disadvantages of AWS Amplify
- Learning Curve: AWS in general has a learning curve that is actually higher than for AWS Amplify itself, and developers will need time to learn AWS Amplify. Also, there are some features that are quite difficult to implement.
- Overload of Information: The AWS Amplify CLI tool creates a lot of data, and it can sometimes be hard to extract meaningful information from it.
- Complexity: Even though AWS Amplify is an MBaaS platform, it has UI components as well. It also has Continuous Integration (CI)/Continuous Delivery (CD) capacities. This makes AWS Amplify a complex platform.
Advantages of Google Firebase
- Cloud Capabilities: It offers matured cloud capabilities.
- Databases: Google Firebase offers scalable and advanced databases like Firebase Realtime Database and Cloud Firestore.
- Faster Development: Google Firebase offers a set of prerequisites of backend development, which makes the entire development process simpler and shorter.
- Integration: It integrates well with important Google capabilities such as Google Analytics, in-app messaging, cloud messaging, etc.
- Compatibility: It supports all key platforms like Android, iOS, web, and unity.
- Cost Effectiveness: With Google Firebase, you can eliminate dependencies among developers and maintain the tasks of frontend coders with Firebase services. This shortens the time-to-market and inevitably cuts expenses. This prevents possible bugs and errors, and also allows businesses to hire less workforce.
Disadvantages of Google Firebase
- Inconvenient Data Storage: You will use Realtime Database as your main storage. It is scalable and performant, but has limited querying capabilities. You will not be able to query for more than one key at a time, and the service does not provide a way to filter your data.
- Limited Data Migration: Google Firebase hosts your data. If you continue to use Firebase, then you will not be affected by this. But it will impact you if you wish to migrate the backend to another platform. There is no option to transfer the app to another source. The limitations to data migration will significantly limit your options.
- Android Centered: Google Firebase provides a lot of abilities for Android, but does not provide the same capabilities for iOS apps. It is still more Android centered. Firebase Test Lab integrates well with the Android studio and supports a wide range of Android devices for testing. In case of iOS apps, you can use very limited features of the Test Lab.