• Ensuring Your Android App's Quality With Firebase Performance Monitoring

    Firebase Performance Monitoring allows you to gather automatic performance data about your app, as well as performing manual performance traces for later analysis. All of these contain aggregated information about user’s devices, meaning long-term issues can be quickly identified and resolved.

  • Android Development Discord Communities

    Whilst developing for Android, it’s often necessary to ask others for help, or discuss concepts / news. Whilst StackOverflow is excellent for solving problems long-term, sometimes it’s easier to talk through something in realtime. To that end, Discord is an excellent resource, this post will introduce a few of the larger communities.

  • Scheduling A Repeating Background Task On Android, With Power / Internet Requirements

    Whilst developing Android apps, performing a scheduled task at set intervals is a very common requirement. Despite this, there are a surprisingly high number of solutions, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. This tutorial will focus on using Firebase JobDispatcher, a library that uses Google Play services to provide a backwards compatible (API 14+) job scheduling library. This makes it an attractive option for those that need to support older devices, and know their users will have Google Play installed:

  • Growing Your Android App With Firebase Invites

    Firebase Invites provide a simple way to add user referral schemes to your app for free, without any additional resources. The system runs on top of Firebase Dynamic Links, and supports both email and SMS referrals.

  • Adding A Splash Screen To An Android App

    Often, an app may take a few seconds to start-up, especially the first time. A plain white screen is shown by default, luckily this can be customised relatively easily! The solution is to add a splash screen to your app, whilst being careful to avoid increasing the app’s load time.

  • How To Display App Version Inside a Submodule

    Usually, getting the current version code of your app is as simple as BuildConfig.VERSION_CODE. Easy! However, this doesn’t work if you want to retrieve your app’s version code whilst inside a submodule. Instead, the submodule‘s version code is returned.

  • Ensuring Your Android App's Quality With Firebase Crashlytics

    Firebase Crashlytics provides an extremely powerful automatic crash reporting tool for Android (and iOS) apps. In addition to providing a full stack trace for all crashes, it also tracks all ANRs (App Not Responding) in your app. All crashes / ANRs come with lots of metadata about the device, operating system, and can be enhanced with custom data

  • Developing Android Apps With Firebase ML Kit

    Machine Learning is, at its core, a way of letting programs learn how to do things by example. It can be used to get a program to self-learn how to play Mario, or how to walk. In this tutorial, Firebase’s Machine Learning Kit (commonly known as ML Kit) will be used to retrieve text, faces, barcodes, and objects from an image.

  • Developing Web Apps With Firebase Hosting

    Firebase hosting provides an extremely simple way to deploy JavaScript web apps. Whilst it lacks almost all of the advanced features other hosts have, it does have the major advantage of being free for low-traffic usage. This tutorial will cover creating a basic site, as well as utilising a custom subdomain with Cloudflare.

  • Developing Android Apps With Firebase Cloud Storage

    Firebase Cloud Storage provides an easy way to store user’s files, or provide existing files to the user. Additionally, heavily customisable access control is included, and all files can be browsed via a web interface. In this tutorial’s implementation, the user will be able to download sample files, and upload / delete their own arbitrary files.