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Let’s talk backend services! For those of you who haven’t discovered Ionic Cloud yet, it’s a suite of backend services that can take your mobile app to the next level, with things like push notifications, live application updates, event tracking, and much more. Usage is currently free during our beta, so sign up now.

The last time we checked in, we had announced the official beta launch for Ionic Cloud. Since then, there have been a number of things happening here. Some of those things we aren’t quite ready to talk about, but let me just say: The hype is real!

Okay, so until then, there’s still a number of other things we can talk about. First, let’s just address what’s on everyone’s mind:

Ionic 2 Support

An official release is right around the corner, but for those of you who like to live dangerously, you can get the bleeding edge client, which has support for Ionic 2 and Ionic 1.

Please keep in mind this is not an official release, and the client could see many changes over the next week or two, but we figured you guys could handle it. To get started, take a look at the client’s README and let us know what you think.

What about Production Status?

Soon. Really, no joke. Now that we’ve officially closed the doors on our alpha services, and Ionic 2 support is just about to see an official release, we’re moving full-steam ahead toward a production release.

The beta has performed stunningly over the past few months, and we’re honestly excited to stop saying the words alpha and beta when we talk about the platform. Expect to see an announcement about a production release next month!

New Team Members!

One last thing…we’ve recently expanded our team to include @NicholasPhyatt and @devnetics. We’re really excited to have them on the team, and you should be on the lookout for future platform posts by them.

They’ve already made a huge impact on our team, and I’m personally excited to see what cool things they build out next.

We’ll keep you posted on the next exciting stages of the Ionic Cloud. Until then, let us know how you like it!

  • http://julianalimin.com Julian

    This is great, and I think I’ll start hacking for my Ionic2 app right away but there is something that has been bothering me about ionic platform pricing structure for a while.

    When reviewing the pricing page
    https://ionic.io/pricing
    I noticed that the free tier says FREE but also APPS IN DEVELOPMENT

    Would that not mean that my apps cannot be published on the App Stores using that plan then? (I had this problem when publishing an app using Firebase’s free tier, the app store rejected it because the free tier is for Development only)

    I recall that you guys said before there was any talk about pricing, that one of your missions is to start charging money when we start to make money (I can’t remember the exact words), but if I have to 39$ a month even before I have made any money then would that not be the opposite of that statement?

    Don’t get me wrong, I love Ionic and am grateful for the opportunities I got because of Ionic, but this has really bothered me for a while and stopped me from really embracing the service and recommending it.

    • Eric Bobbitt

      Good point, that’s a little bit confusing. So to clarify, you can absolutely publish your app to the app stores using our free plan. As your app grows in popularity, you can upgrade your plan to support the continued growth of the services you utilize most.

      • http://julianalimin.com Julian

        Thanks Eric. That was exactly what I needed to hear.

        • http://www.carlrydings.com/ Carl Rydings

          Is the free tier per App per month aswell, like the indie, growth tiers etc? For example can i do 50,000 push notifications per month per app or say i had 3 apps would they share the 50,000 push notifications, and is it in total or per month?

          • http://julianalimin.com Julian

            Good question, I am curious about that also. But since the other paid tiers are per App so I assume the free tier is per App as well.

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  • paulogr

    Amazing news!