Firebase was founded by James Tamplin and Andrew Lee and later on acquired by Google. Firebase is a Backend-as-a-Service i.e. a Cloud Computing Service model using which web and mobile application developers can connect their applications with backend cloud storage and APIs rendered by the backend applications. It helps developers to share various features between apps built on different platforms related to Database, Config and Notifications.
Firebase is a framework which helps to build portable application for your business with real-time database i.e. when one user updates a record in the database, that update would be conveyed to every single user, be those users on a website, iOS or Android device. It gives a basic and unified platform with many Google features packed-in so that developers need not configure their server while using Firebase.
Benefits of using Firebase can be summarized as below:
Real Time Database: The cloud-hosted NoSQL database is offered by Firebase real-time database that helps you store and synchronize data in JSON format among all connected clients. If you are looking to create an Android, iOS or Web App that provides real time updates to users without creating Database or API, then the best tool to opt for is Firebase. It has capabilities to manage backend components of applications.
Hosting: Firebase provides fast, secure, static, and production-grade hosting for developers. It allows developers to efficiently deploy web apps and static content to a CDN (Content Delivery Network). The process is extremely easy in Firebase as it consists of Auto Provisioned SSL (Security Socket Layer) certificate ideas, Customized domain support, and Global CDN regardless of developers sending a single landing page or a complex web application.
Authentication: Firebase Authentication provides instant UI libraries, backend services, and simple to utilize SDKs so that you can authenticate users over your app. It supports authentication utilizing username, email ids, or passwords. In addition, developers are allowed to let users sign in to their Firebase application either by utilizing Firebase UI as a Drop in Authentication solution or by utilizing the Firebase Authentication SDK to manually incorporate Sign-in techniques into the app.
Content Storage: Firebase allows easy content storage. It is built for application developers who need to store and serve user-generated content, for example photos or videos. It gives secure document transfers and downloads for Firebase applications, regardless of network quality. You can utilize it to store pictures, sound, video, or other user-generated content. Firebase Storage is upheld by Google Cloud Storage, a capable, basic, and cost-effective object storage service.
Notifications & Cloud Messaging: The Firebase Cloud Messaging offers you an opportunity to send notifications and messages to your targeted audiences for free across all devices and platforms with the help of battery-efficient connection. It gives a choice to developers and organizations looking for an adaptable notification platform which requires minimal coding effort to begin, and a graphical console for sending messages. Firebase notification allows targeted user notifications for mobile app developers. You can send notification messages to drive user re-engagement and maintenance.
Invites: To increase your users and compel them to download your application, word of mouth advertising stands out from the crowd. With the help of this feature, you can easily send customized messages emails and invitations to all your prospective clients.
Remote Config: It is a cloud service that gives you a chance to change the conduct and appearance of your application without requiring users to download an application update. Your application controls when updates are applied, and it can as often as possible check for updates and apply them with a negligible effect on execution.
Test Lab: Test Lab is utilized for testing your application on gadgets hosted in a Google data-center. It helps you to find issues that only happen on particular gadget configurations. A test result includes logs, videos, and screenshots which are available in your project in the Firebase console. Even if you haven’t composed any test code for your application.
Crash Reporting: This feature of Firebase helps to create detailed reports of the errors which are assembled into groups of comparative stack flow triggered by the severity of effect on users. In addition to automatic reports, you can register custom events to help capture the steps which leads to a crash.
App Indexing: This feature is used to index application in Google search results. After app indexing, If a user search related to your app, it will start the app installed in user’s device directly from the search result.
AdMob: Admob is advertising facility of the Firebase which is used to generate profits from your app. You can exhibit various advertisements from millions of advertisers and increase your revenue. The AdMob also provides you the option of enhancing the user experience and lets you chose the appropriate template from plethora of options.
AdWords & Analytics: You can characterize custom audiences in the Firebase console based on device data, custom events, or user properties. Now you can easily track down your user’s journey on a number of devices. It means you would know whether he is using a smartphone, tablet or laptop. By using this you can achieve potential clients with the help of online advertisements. You can gain deep insights into promotion conversions, and run targeted advertisement campaigns using Firebase Analytics to engage your audiences & create advertising strategies. You can also export your mobile app data to BigQuery with the help of Google Analytics. It can further support in engaging more users once you match the UX based on user id.
Accessibility to Machine Learning: Firebase provides developers the facility of Machine Learning. This benefit is available for both Android and iOS developers as well as experienced or newcomers. The ML kit has ready - to -use APIs for various mobile functionalities such as detecting the face, identifying the text, barcode scanning and labeling images etc. You have a choice between on - device and Cloud APIs that can be selected according to your needs.