Owned by Google, Firebase is a complete package of products that allows to build web and mobile apps, improve the app quality and help your clients grow their business.

Why Firebase is one of the Best Mobile Backend as a Service?

Firebase is a set of hosting services for any type of application (Android, iOS, Javascript, Node.js, Java, Unity, PHP, C++ …). It offers NoSQL and real-time hosting of databases, content, social authentication (Google, Facebook, Twitter and Github), and notifications, or services, such as a real-time communication server.

In October 2014, Firebase was acquired by Google. A year later, in October 2015, Google acquired Divshot, an HTML5 web-hosting platform, to merge it with the Firebase team.

In May 2016, at Google I/O, the company’s annual developer conference, Firebase introduced Firebase Analytics and announced that it was expanding its services to become a unified backend-as-a-service (BaaS) platform for mobile developers. Firebase now integrates with various other Google services, including Google Cloud Platform, AdMob, and Google Ads to offer broader products and scale for developers. Google Cloud Messaging, the Google service to send push notifications to Android devices, was superseded by a Firebase product, Firebase Cloud Messaging, which added the functionality to deliver push notifications to both iOS and web devices.

In July 2016, Google announced that it was acquiring the mobile developer platform LaunchKit, which specialized in app developer marketing, and would be folding it into the Firebase Growth Tools team. In January 2017, Google acquired Fabric and Crashlytics from Twitter to add those services to Firebase.

In October 2017, Firebase launched Cloud Firestore, a real-time document database as the successor product to the original Firebase Realtime Database.

What is Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS)?

Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaas) is a medium that offers a way to link the web and mobile applications to the backend cloud storage and backend APIs. Commonly known as Backend as a Service (BaaS), MBaaS offers features like sending push notifications, integrating the cloud storage, user management, and social networks.

There are various well-known MBaaS providers- Firebase, AWS, Kumulos, Meteor, Kinvey, StackMob, Applicasa, Appcelerator Cloud etc.

What is the use of Google Firebase?

Firebase by Google can be used for the following:

What are the benefits of Firebase?

As per our firebase expert developer below are the key benefits:

What are the major features of Firebase?

Check out how Firebase-build apps help improve the app quality, user experience, and grow your business:

1. Firebase Machine Learning

Machine learning has been a buzzword among the app developers since a long time now. And, Google takes good care of its products to stay updated with the latest technology. And hence, Google-owned Firebase comes with a beta version of Machine Learning (ML) Kit.

You can use it for any device- web, Android, and iOS.

Firebase ML Kit comes up with various machine learning features and even it has ready-to-use ML APIs that you can integrate with your mobile apps to utilize the common functionalities such as identifying the faces and text, scanning barcodes, labeling images, and recognizing location landmarks.

This increases the craze of Firebase even more.


2. Firebase Authentication

Authentication has been always crucial since we used to develop using C, C#, and C++. But, the upcoming technologies have not just simplified the implementation of authentication but made it really quick.

Just like the Firebase Authentication. Firebase brings a highly secure authentication system that improves the user experience while they sign-up and sign-in.


3. Firebase Realtime Database

Firebase comes up with the Firebase Real-time Database which is hosted on a cloud and is a NoSQL database. Hence, it allows you to store and sync JSON data, real-time.

Like we discussed above, that is ideally the best feature for the apps having live streaming, messaging, GPS, etc.


4. Firebase Push Notification

One of the really great features is Firebase Cloud Messaging. It connects the servers and devices in such a way that receiving and sending the messages and notifications becomes quite easy and reliable.

Delivering notifications to the users is possible across all the devices- Android, iOS and web and there is no cost attached to it.


5. Firebase Cloud Storage

Firebase Cloud Storage allows the mobile app users to store their photos and videos on the cloud.

Google made Firebase Cloud Storage keeping in mind that when your app becomes highly popular, it is easy for the end users to utilize it more effectively, efficiently, and accurately.

Google brought Firebase Cloud Storage in integration with Firebase SDK, which allows the users to store the file within a fraction of time in the cloud.


6. Firebase Analytics

Firebase has another major feature that is Google Analytics. Yes, Google Analytics specifically designed for Firebase. It offers unlimited reporting up to 500 unique events that too for free.

Google Analytics for Firebase SDK measures everything that you want for your business.


7. Firebase Crash Reports

Firebase has another super-awesome feature- Firebase Crashlytics.

Firebase Crashlytics checks the app issues or errors that affect the app experience and quality at realtime. So, this allows you to spend less time in finding out the issues the app has and concentrate on building new and highly important app features.


8. Firebase Performance

The most important aspect is to see how your app is performing at the users’ end. And, like the most other features of Firebase, Performance is another crucial yet important feature.

Whether your app is fast and responsive at your users’ end or not, is easily and automatically tracked using Firebase Performance.


This is Not the End

Google’s acquisition of Firebase was to bring more value, more worth to the capabilities of Firebase. Also, the features shared in detail above are just a few yet the most important ones. The list of Firebase features and benefits does not end here.

Firebase is one of the most important platforms to build smarter applications and its features prove it better.



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