Author: pandakun

Planning a $0 Budget Android App Marketing Strategy with Firebase

Chances are, you’re an indie Android Developer. You just finished an app and are about to release it on the Play Store then it hits you: you don’t have a way to get those downloads going. It hits you so hard that you might as well as gone well back in time and and fought…
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Top 5 Highlights: Firebase Summit 2018 in Prague

Lots was announced in the keynote of this year’s Firebase Summit in Prague, Czechoslovakia, including new features integrated into Firebase Predictions, ML Kit, and Analytics. Watch the video to see my top picks for the 5 most exciting announcements of the summit. I do still recommend you still watch the Opening Keynote as well as the…
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Getting Started with Firebase Performance Monitoring on Android

We are on the LAST installment in our ‘Getting Started With’ series and it is on performance monitoring! Now there’s a reason why this was the last for me to cover, and probably the last that many of you would pay attention too (but please, correct me if I’m wrong). For many of us, performance just isn’t…
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Re-engage Users through Google Search with Firebase App Indexing (Android)

App Indexing is definitely one of the more heavily underrated features of Firebase. Perhaps, because people don’t know what it does. Your app might be sitting quietly in a user’s app drawer, almost forgotten. Along the line, they might Google search for content your app delivers. When this happens, a card pointing to your app will be…
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Performing Mass Instrumentation Tests with Firebase Test Lab for Android (gCloud Command Line)

Firebase Test Lab’s most prominent feature is almost definitely the Robo Test, but is that the most powerful? I’d beg to differ. While the robo test is handy for creating quick tests that simulate actual user interaction, just like a user’s navigation around the app, it could be pretty random. There could easily be sections…
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Conducting Robo Tests with Firebase Test Lab

We all know testing is important. Very important. While it seems simple on the surface, it goes way deep. There are so many different methods of testing like say, unit tests, integration tests, UI tests, the list goes on. In comes Firebase Test Lab which lets you perform a couple of these on real physical devices running in a…
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Constructing POST HTTP Firebase Cloud Messages for dummies and YOU

Don’t get me wrong, the Firebase Cloud Messaging docs are great. It’s all very extensive and the code’s everywhere. That’s EXACTLY why I’m going to make this post. Because I don’t understand a bloody bit of it mate. It takes me a full 4 hours just to understand one section of it. By the way mate,…
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Device Group Messaging with Firebase Cloud Messaging

Device Group Messaging allows you to send a single message to all devices that belong to a single user, otherwise known as a group. Quite frankly, a group can be the devices that belong to more than a single user, we are however limited to 20 devices per group, so that sucks. Use Cases Why though? Why…
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Topic Messaging with Firebase Cloud Messaging on Android

Topic Messaging is used for sending messages to people subscribed to well, topics. Perfectly suited for publicly available information like news, weather, and the sort. As such, we need to provide a way for users to subscribe before anything else. Subscribing to the Topic

Doesn’t get any simpler than that. A  subscribeToTopic method passing in the…
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Getting Started with Firebase Cloud Messaging on Android

We’re back to our Getting Started series in an aim to cover all the Firebase services on Android. As big as Cloud Messaging is, it leaves me to wonder why I didn’t cover this sooner. Cloud Messaging in a Nutshell Cloud messaging is your standard go-to service for increasing user engagement. You use it to…
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