How to programatically send data between phones and a server

Does anybody know of any good links for a beginner explanation of how to programatically send byte streams between applications running on two different phones and a web server? I have no idea where to start.
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Scott Fell, EE MVEDeveloper & EE ModeratorCommented:
It is not something I have done yet.  But you will send data to your server via a webservice then push it out http://developer.android.com/google/gcm/index.html  Depending on what you are doing, the sync to sync may be what you are after. http://developer.android.com/google/gcm/adv.html#s2s
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