At its I/O developer conference, Remote Config and Firebase’s monitoring capabilities. Still, several completely new features exist here, including the ability to create Bundles and a new security tool called App Check.a slew of updates 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
“Helpingmanager 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 pandemic, Google saw many 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 Firebaseis the updated Remote Config. That’s always been a compelling feature that 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 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. What’s most important, though, is that Google is taking Remote Config a step further by launching a new Personalization feature that helps developers automatically optimize the user experience for individual users.
“It’s a new feature of [Remote Config] that uses Google’sto create unique individual app experiences,” Richards explained. “It’s super simple to set up, and it 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. I think we’re all hoping things to be more personalized than they have in the past.”
and monitoring capabilities, including its Crashlytics service for detecting app crashes. For game developers, that means enhanced support for games 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 realtime is a significant update to having performance data (especially on launch day) arrive with a delay of a day.
Firebase is also finally adding This typically leads to smaller downloads and faster installs.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.
On the security side, the Firebase Cloud Storage, Realtime Database, and Cloud Functions for Firebase (with others coming soon) that don’t provide valid credentials.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.”