At its I/O developer conference,to its Firebase developer platform today, which, as the company also announced, now powers over 3 million apps. Several significant updates here center around improving existing tools like Firebase Remote Config and Firebase’s monitoring capabilities. Still, several new features exist here, including the ability to create and a new security tool called App Check.
“Helping developers be successful is what makes Firebase successful,” Firebase product manager Kristen Richards told me ahead of today’s announcements. “So we put helpfulness and helping developers at the center of everything we do.” She noted that during the , Google saw many people who started to focus on app development — both as learners and as professional developers. But the team also saw many enterprises move to its platform as those companies looked to bring new apps online quickly.
Maybe the marquee Firebase announcement at I/O is the updated Remote Config. That’s always been a compelling feature that user groups. With this , Google is introducing updates to the Remote Config console to make it easier for developers to see how they use this tool and an updated publish flow and redesigned test results pages for A/B tests.to make changes to live production apps on the go without having to release a new version of their app. Developers can use this from A/B testing to providing tailored in-app experiences to specific
What’s most important, though, is that Google is taking Remote Config a step further byautomatically optimize the user experience for individual users. “It’s a new feature of [Remote Config] that uses experiences,” Richards explained. “It’s super simple to set up and automatically creates . Maybe you have something that you would like, which would be something different for me. That way, we can get a tailored experience, which customers expect nowadays. We all expect things to be more personalized than they have in the past.”
Google is also improving several of Firebase’s analytics and monitoring capabilities,crashes. For game developers, that means enhanced written with the help of the Unity platform, for example, but for all developers, the fact that Firebase’s Performance Monitoring service now processes data in real-time is a significant update to having performance data (especially on launch day) arrive with a delay of almost half a day.
Firebase is also Cloud Storage, Realtime Database, and Cloud Functions for Firebase (with others coming soon) that don’t provide valid credentials.Bundles, Google’s relatively new format for packaging up all of an app’s code and resources. Google Play optimizes the actual APK with the right resources for the device the app gets installed on. This typically leads to smaller downloads and faster installs. On the security side, the Firebase Check, now available in beta. App Check helps developers guard their apps against outside threats. It is meant to automatically block any traffic to online resources like
The other, which launched a while ago but is getting support for a few more extensions today. These extensions from Algolia, Mailchimp, and MessageBird help bring new features directly to the platform. a new extension that allows developers to detect comments that could be considered “rude, disrespectful, or unreasonable in a way that will make people leave a conversation.”