Push notifications were originally introduced for Android and iOS devices in 2009, and have rapidly grown in popularity.
June 2009 — Apple launches the first-ever push service, APNs, or the Apple Push Notification system, with iOS 3.0.
May 2010 — In the wake of Apple’s release, Google launches its Google Cloud to Device Messaging (C2DM) Blackberry and Microsoft Windows Phone 7 add support for push notifications.
2013 — Apple adds support for website notifications with the release of Mac OS X 10.9 (“Mavericks”).
2013 —Apple announces that 7 billion notifications are being sent to iOS devices each day.
2015 — Chrome launches support for web notifications.
2016 —Apple rolls out major additions to push notification capabilities with the iOS 10 release.
2017 — With iOS 11, Apple simplifies the lockscreen user experience.
2017 — With Android Oreo (8.0), Google adds Notification Categories, which make managing notifications far easier for users and developers alike.
2018 — iOS 12 brings a new authorization model called Direct To History and introduces Notification Grouping.
2019 — iOS 13 introduces a separate OS for iPhones and iPads, enhanced privacy, and Smart Notifications.
2019 — With the release of Android 10, or Android Q, Google refines their push notification UI, adds a new “Stay Silent” option, and changes how users dismiss notifications.
2020 — With iOS 14, Apple introduces App Clips.
2020 — Android 11, changes how users can silence notifications and introduces the option to turn on notification history.
2021 — iOS 15 introduces Focus Modes, Notification Interruption Levels, and Notification Summary.
2021 — Android 12 brings Custom Notification changes, notification UX changes, and faster, more responsive notifications
2022 — With Android 13, Android users will need to explicitly opt in to receive notifications.
2022 — Apple announces upcoming support for Safari web push notifications slated for 2023. All notification platforms support receiving short messages from applications, and some include support for additional features such as custom sounds, images, or contextual buttons within the notification itself.
2023 — Apple releases support for push notification on iOS and iPadOS with iOS 16.4 and debuts another exciting engagement feature called Live Activities.