If you’re not new to mobile app development, you may have already heard about Firebase. Google’s current Backend-as-a-Solution for the different app development needs has become quite popular since the acquisition of the service back in 2014.
Firebase has a lot of different features and you would be remiss if you do not take advantage of them.
Today, I am going to talk about some of the key benefits of using firebase for mobile app development.
1. Tap into the Full Power of Google Analytics
Whether you’re using the feature for search engine optimization purposes or if you want to create a robust mobile application, Google Analytics provides a lot of data that can be useful for both website and app developers alike.
The feature allows you to get a comprehensive report about the events that induced a crash, allows you to see all of the aspects of the user interface (to improve the user experience) among other things.
It has an amazing reporting feature that gives you unlimited reports based on a lot of different metrics. Seriously, this is one of the main reasons why people love using Firebase!
2. Amazing Crash Reporting
Google intends to integrate Fabric into Firebase. One of the best features of Fabric is Crashlytics. As you can probably tell by its name, Crashlytics provides you with a lot of information regarding certain crashes done by your app.
If you use Crashlytics, your application will be run under a series of rigorous testing phases that will provide the service with a crash report. This is a pretty handy tool for an app developer especially the android app development since you can pinpoint exactly what went wrong in the coding process.
Aside from that, your application can also be run in different environments and scenarios. For instance, if you’re creating Android apps, you know that there is a plethora of different phone configurations out there. Your app might not crash on some, but it will on others.
If you are outside of your office and there happens to be a crash that is reported about your app, you will also be given an email notification as well along with a detailed report of the crash.
3. Online and Offline Data Synchronization
Although mobile internet services on smartphones have become mainstream, there are still a sizable number of people that prefer to use the application despite not being connected to the internet.
Firebase provides the developers with this ability. You can sync data offline with the use of the NOSQL database.
The benefits to using this database would be that you can sync data on the go, you can see the downloaded data even when you’re offline, you can access that data across all of your devices, and it scales well on different instances too!
4. A Host of Other Features
Aside from the amazing features that I’ve already mentioned, expect to see these things available in Firebase as well:
- Cloud Messaging
- App Indexing
- Test Lab
- Dynamic Links
- And Many More!