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News From Firebase Summit 2019

September 29, 2019

The Firebase Summit 2019 took place on the 26th of September in Madrid and I had the honor to attend. In this article, I’ll talk about the various (and cool) new features that have been announced.

There has been a lot of news on this event, let me tell you about them:

A quick video introduction by Firebase

The opening keyonote of the Firebase Summit

Firebase Emulator Suite

One of the most interesting additions is Firebase Emulator Suite, this suite will let the developer have faster and safer development experience and don’t forget about the speed gained since you’ll have everything locally with Hot Reloading when your Cloud Functions or your Security Rules change.

You’ll find a very detailed guid on the new google.dev firebase codelabs 🤩🤩🤩

Firebase Extensions

Another cool update are the Firebase Extensions, these will let you add some functionalities (like translating, resizing images, etc.) without writing a single line of code. Firebase has released these open source, and it plans to let developers create their own extensions, how modular!

Google Analytics for Firebase

Introduction to Google Analytics for Firebase

Another great addition is the possibility to add Google Analytics to your web and native applications. It’s a great addition because it’ll let you create custom audiences based on your users’ usage (and we’ll see why this is important next).

Remote Config

Also, Remote config is being added to Web projects, it’ll let you change the look and feel of your apps by enabling them in just a click, selecting the audience you want to see the changes. You can use the audiences created with Analytics to have a better reach too.

Firebase Cloud Messaging

Firebase Cloud Messaging will be added to Web Projects too, and it’ll let yuo send targeted Messages to users that use your app. It’s just like Push Notifications, but better! 💌💌💌

Firebase App Distribution

Firebase App Distribution will let you release an early preview of your apps to the users you want, and it’ll let you see all the stats about the usage of these previews.

Firebase Test Lab

Firebase Test Lab is a cloud-based app-testing infrastructure. With one operation, you can test your Android or iOS app across a wide variety of devices and device configurations, and see the results  -  including logs, videos, and screenshots  -  in the Firebase console.

Firebase Test Lab at Firebase Summit

Test Lab uses real, production devices running in a Google data center to test your app. The devices are flashed with updated APIs and have customizable locale settings, allowing you to road-test your app on the hardware and configurations it’ll encounter in real-world use

Firebase Predictions

Firebase Predictions applies machine learning to your analytics data to create dynamic user segments based on your users’ predicted behavior. These predictions are automatically available for use with Firebase Remote Config, the Notifications composer, Firebase In-App Messaging, and A/B Testing. You can also export your app’s Predictions data to BigQuery for further analysis or to push to third party tools.

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Written by Michele Da Rin Fioretto a freelance web developer that works in Italy and in the world.
His main area of expertise are Angular, React, Firebase & Serverless Architectures
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