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How and why you should use Firebase Dynamic Links in your Android App

URLs used to be straightforward. You’d type one in, and most times, you’d be taken to a website. Simple, right? Enter the mobile age where much of the operating system is powered by apps outside of the traditional browser. Deep Links were a theory that could make browser-application integration seamless. You’d click a deep link from…
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Getting Started with Firebase Cloud Functions on Android

Cloud functions are rather… different. They work with pretty much any platform and that’s because they’re executed on the cloud. That does however make it easy to be confused when getting started with it. I sure was. Here we’ll simplify it down as much as possible so you can start navigating your way around cloud…
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A Comprehensive Guide on Firebase Remote Config for Android

What is Remote Config you may ask? This. It’s just this: a set of key-value pairs stored on the Firebase servers. That’s it. That’s literally it. But what can it do? Well well well, where do I begin? What you do with Remote Config is retrieve these parameters which can have different values for different…
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Getting Started with Firebase Predictions on Android

It’s only a couple weeks ago that I wrote the last piece from the ML Kit Series, but Firebase has been using Machine Learning way before that with Firebase Predictions. Yes boys this is ML Kit series bonus piece Predictions analyses your users’ behavior and creates groups among which of them are likely to behave…
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A Naked Look at Flamelink: A Headless CMS for Firebase

CMS things, they’re amazing. For the less technical, it helps them get technical stuff done with minimal technical knowledge, and for us developers, it saves us LOTS of coffee. So this one got me intrigued. A CMS that seamlessly integrates Firebase. This one works for Android, iOS, and the Web. Now if I could roll…
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Firebase ML Kit 6: Using Custom TensorFlow Lite Models

If you’re already an experienced ML Developer, chances are you already have your own model that can perform operations such as Text Recognition and Face Detection. So why might you want to host your model using Firebase ML Kit? Well, here are the advantages of doing so: Reduce your app’s binary size Choose whether to…
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Firebase ML Kit 5: Landmark Recognition

When an app can recognise all sorts of known landmarks, it can add a whole new level of experience and immersion. It doesn’t only need to apply to tourism-related apps. Say for example, you have a books app and you stumble across a library. You can take a picture of it and let ML Kit…
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Firebase ML Kit 4: Image Labelling

Ever tried out Google Lens and saw the app just tell you everything the camera sees? That’s exactly what Image Labelling is. You pass in an image and in return you get a list of  FirebaseVisionCloudLabel each of which contains the label, the confidence (how sure ML Kit is of its correctness), and the entityID which references to the…
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Firebase ML Kit 3: Barcode Scanning

Barcode scanning has been around for a while, and for good reasons. it’s a great way to pass information from the real world to a digital device. If this is you’re first time encountering Firebase ML Kit, feel free to check out my introduction on it. With the new ML Kit, Firebase also offers that…
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Firebase ML Kit 2: Face Detection

Here’s the second part of the ML Kit series and its going to be Face Detection! You pass in an image and you can get the coordinates of each face’s eyes, ears, etc. and recognise facial expression like people’s sweet smiles! Or you can pass in a video then track and manipulate people’s faces in real-time…
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