Firebase, which Google operates, happens to be a popular mobile app development platform. Therefore, it is the target of many startups in the mobile application industry at present.
Firebase is supported strongly by the public since the Google brand is attached to it. Consequently, Firebase is used by quite a few beginner’s mobile app development solutions right now. However, the question is that whether they should be doing it or not.
Being a comprehensive platform, Firebase offers MBaaS (mobile backend as a service), enabling developers to create applications without managing the infrastructure. This real-time database offers the required services and tools for managing these applications. It provides the skeletal frame of all the fundamental things required for running and promoting an application.
This consists of configuration, analytics, file storage, and, of course, push notifications. In this way, the developer can emphasize designing as well as optimizing the application experience. These services are present in the cloud, along with scaling, which doesn’t require much input from the programmer.
Firebase is known to provide all-in-one data synchronization across all the clients of a developer. It likewise consists of a few extensions, presently in beta. These consist of triggering emails, translating texts, and so forth. Essentially, Firebase is considered a useful tool for any mobile app development company that likes to have a ready-made and standard backend for creating their app.
There are various reasons for using Firebase for any application development platform. For example, it will be useful when you like to assign data easily to the users as browser history or share preferences across several clients. Other scenarios consist of:
This happens to be a 100% free service that allows notifications for the users of iOS and Android gadgets. It will be possible for you to send notifications easily and quickly via the Firebase console across platforms without the need for any server coding. You can direct these notifications at each of your users, to segments that analytics audiences have defined, and to topics subscribed by them.
Notifications are created on FCM (Firebase Cloud Messaging), which provides a feature that allows you to develop in a notification form without much coding effort. A graphical console is supported by it for dispatching messages, thus removing creating a server. It will be possible for you to re-engage and retain the user database with the help of this console, and you can also provide backups to marketing campaigns, plus encourage the growth of applications. In case you are using Google Cloud Messaging, you should use FCM instead such that your iOS and Android applications will be able to use Firebase notifications to the fullest.
Firebase Notifications will be integrating with Firebase Analytics very closely so that you can define custom audiences plus direct notifications. For instance, you will be capable of sending notifications to the user segments for a specific application, an app’s version, or language.
It is quite simple to create notifications. You just require using Firebase Notifications GUI within the console to compose and send notifications to applications linked to the project within the console. Notifications will be sent to the system tray once your application is available in the background on a user’s device. The app can be opened simply by tapping the notification. Using some code, it is not difficult to include handlers for receiving the message once the application comes in the foreground. You will be able to respond to it by introducing a foreground activity, for instance.
Make use of Firebase if you like to send push notifications to a particular group of individuals depending on demography and their behavior. Apart from this, it will be possible for you to choose your convenient time for dispatching the message. The developers also do not require any coding for sending the notifications. If you want to know more regarding Firebase Notifications, then make sure to visit the Google Developers site. There, you will be able to see examples and documentation of these notifications on iOS and Android.
Rahul Panchal is a Founder and Managing Director of Rlogical Techsoft Pvt. Ltd, a web & mobile app development company India specialized in Hybrid, Native, Android and iOS App development.
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