MQTT and Android make great partners

August 1st, 2011 - andyp

For some reason we missed updating the site when this was first posted, but Dale Lane wrote a fantastic blog post back in February highlighting how MQTT can be used for push notifications in Android applications.

He’s even included a thorough set of sample code and some detailed thoughts on how to optimise the way the application uses the Android system APIs. It is a great reference!

It doesn’t end there. Developers have been using MQTT and Android together for a while now. Ben Hardill created a simple Android app for monitoring the state of his TV. As well as that, the new Android device ADK, Android@Home, and the emergence of cool cloud services like Isidorey¬†(another new addition to the Software page)¬†that support MQTT natively, enable some extremely cool things. Folks continue to bridge cloud services like Pachube with MQTT, too – there’s great synergy there.

In the same way that the MQTT protocol has been ideal for minimising data usage on sensor networks in the past, it is a perfect partner for mobile applications, too.

… so… webOS or Windows Phone samples next, anyone? :-)

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Perhaps better 2 1/2 years late than never, we’re working on MQTT components for the .NET platforms, including Windows Phone 8 and WinRT. The client libraries are available free for personal and educational use. We would love to get them into more hands and get some feedback. I wrote a blog on how you would integrate these with the Windows Phone platform at
The libraries are available free for download here

Jeff McKelvey


Nice, thanks for letting us know!

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