What’s the point?
SnapNotify makes getting cloud-based android notifications as easy as posting to a webserver – and the entire system (including running your own server) is free!
How does it work?
SnapNotify consists of a lightweight server (powered by node.js, which you can run for free on heroku) and an android app that handles receiving notifications. It allows you to push custom notifications to all of your mobile devices, without having to learn Google Cloud Messaging or having to write your own android app.
$ curl -d "Test Message,SnapNotify works. yay : )" "http://YOURSERVER/message"
Some Simple Use Cases:
1) A simple web scraper / monitor
- Write a script that loads a page, checks content, and notifies you upon changes
- Offloads the heavy lifting to your server
2) Server tasks
- Just tag a POST onto the end of your management scripts to be notified when time-consuming events complete
Basically, the idea is to make it easy to incorporate GCM messages / notifications into hacks that don't need an independent and full-fledged Android App.
Installation / Setup:
I've written a full setup guide with download links and source on my website, which you can find here:
Post here if you have ideas for improvement / find it useful / etc.