AWS Amplify vs Google Firebase

AWS Amplify vs Firebase

AWS Amplify

AWS Amplify
AWS Amplify


This was first developed by the Amazon Web services in 2018 and now it’s used by a wide range of developers to build quality applications. As a developer, you can easily speed up the process of development of mobile and web applications by using the open-source JavaScript library that comes with this platform.

It helps you develop the backend of an application using a large set of user interface components, libraries, and a command-line interface. It doesn’t matter if you work on React Native or AngularJS, you can easily integrate the backend of the application without worrying about background iterations or configurations as it comes with complete stack development.

Key benefits: -

1) It is not only integrated with Cloud services but also has an open-source framework.

2) It offers offline>online synchronization with the help of data storage.

3) It can easily work with GraphQL and SQL databases.

4) It allows you to develop mobile as well as web applications in a faster and efficient way as it supports cloud services.

5) Only pay for the features you’re using in your application, so it’s completely scalable in its approach.

6) This platform also uses a user interface that has a modern outlook for building applications at ease.

Google Firebase

Google Firebase
Google Firebase


Firebase is a BaaS platform backed by Google that has gradually developed to become the perfect platform to build applications with cloud services.

Google Firebase also enables its developers to build quality interfaces for a better user experience with unique constructive remedies. When you are using this platform, you don’t have to worry about managing servers. Also, you are not required to write your APIs as Google’s Firebase has one remedy for you. The backend functions are done beforehand so you don’t have to do anything other than modifying them as per your use.

Key benefits:

1) It has better real-time features that are very useful.

2) It has an easy-going console.

3) The BaaS remedy offered by this platform has the potential for hosting various services that work hand in hand in building and developing mobile and web applications.

4) You can easily depend on the scalable solutions offered by this platform.

Things that are common between AWS Amplify and Google Firebase:

  • Authentication:

Both AWS Amplify and Google Firebase offer Sign-In, Sign-Up, and sign-out with pre-built UI components. AWS Authentication is powered by Amazon Cognito, whereas, Firebase has Firebase Authentication.

  • API:

Both frameworks allow easy solutions for making HTTP requests using REST APIs. Although AWS Amplify provides additional GraphQL API.

  • Realtime Database:

Firebase allows you to store and sync data with a NoSQL cloud database where data is synced across all clients in real-time if your app goes offline, data will be synced whenever a network connection is feasible.

Amplify DataStore provides synchronization of data which helps you build real-time and offline apps faster as it is an on-device storage engine that automatically syncs your app and database.

  • Analytics:

AWS Amplify uses analytics to track user sessions and provide in-app metrics or you can create custom user attributes all powered by Amazon Pinpoint and Amazon Kinesis.

Firebase provides the same thing using Google Analytics.

  • AI/ML:

Amplify gives great power to AI and ML functionality including computer vision, translation, and other text interpretations. These features in Amplify are powered by Amazon Machine Learning services, such as Amazon Sagemaker.

Google Firebase allows the use of machine learning to solve real-world problems in your app and you can use Firebase ML to train and deploy custom models.

Final breakdown:

Google Firebase:

The best thing about this platform is you can easily use this without any prior knowledge of anything and has a low learning curve. Within only a few hours you can add authentication features to the application you’re building. It has a wide variety of features that puts it over AWS Amplify.

However, this platform is best for working for small-sized projects and organizations. If there is one drawback it is that it might not be a preferred choice for big-size projects or that involves a large amount of data, as the costs may go high.

AWS Amplify:

This platform comes with many features that are supported by the cloud environment thus can be utilized to build new applications or improve the ones that are already built. It also can help you to simplify the processing of data with the help of GraphQL, which is something you won’t get in Google’s Firebase.

You can limit your expenses according to the features you’re implementing in your application. However, there is a small disadvantage of AWS Amplify is that the learning curve of AWS itself is more than Amplify. So, there are features that are tough to implement until you have a good understanding of AWS.

But in the end, choosing the platform will come down to the developer’s preference and the type of project being developed. If you have used and have views on any of these, feel free to help others by commenting your thoughts below.

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