Question: Does off-site Push notification work on Chrome or Firefox for iOS?


Does off-site Push notification work on Chrome or Firefox for iOS?

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Added at 2016-12-26 18:12

Looking for information on compatibility for off-site push notifications on browsers, the following picture emerges:

  • Most desktop browsers support it, as long as they're somehow open or running in the background
    • Except Edge, which has Service Workers still under development apparently
    • Except Safari, of which, so far, there are only rumors that some day Service Worker implementation might be considered
  • On Android, Chrome and Firefox support it
  • On iOS, Safari definitively doesn't support it (same as for Desktop Safari)

However, there are iOS versions of Chrome and Firefox, but they don't seem to be the same codebase as their Desktop/Android browsers.

Firefox for iOS, in particular, According to MDN:

Because of Apple's App Store restrictions, [...] uses the built in iOS UIWebView on iOS, which is based on WebKit

However, being restricted to using WebKit as rendering engine doesn't necessarily mean it's unable to implement service workers, or Push notification.

In particular, in the Push Notifications page of the Mozilla/Firefox wiki, there is this sentence:

Mobile is targeting Fx45+ to for initial support. Android and iOS will leverage Google Cloud Messaging (GCM) and Apple Push Notification Services (APNS) respectively.

Which, of course, sounds more like a declaration of intent or possibility, than of actual implementation.

So, does Push Notification using Service Workers work on Chrome or Firefox for iOS?

Are there plans to make it work on those iOS browsers, even while it doesn't on Safari?

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