Category: Firebase

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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Firebase Security Crash Course in a Nutshell

Just recently, Firebase started their Firebase Pro Series on their YouTube channel. “Because this is Google, we’re going to build a new chat app” This one stood out to me. Mike McDonald covered what probably most of us (myself included) did not know about the Firestore Security Rules. It is however bundled in a 12-minute…
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Getting Started with Firebase In-App Messaging on Android

You heard it. One of Firebase Cloud Messaging‘s biggest weaknesses was its inability to send messages inside the app. If the user had their app open, chances are the message wouldn’t even show up. Now in comes Firebase In-App Messaging. The service that allows you to do… exactly that! One of the best parts is that its piss…
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Getting Started with Firebase Authentication on Android

Although I have covered using Firebase Authentication with FirebaseUI, I figured I haven’t covered the traditional way of implementing Firebase Authentication which allows you to use your own authentication screen. Back to the basics! This one is going to be quick and easy. You don’t want to waste time reading useless jargain and I don’t…
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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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