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Best suited for complex apps with different business flows that you have to join in one product. Also perfect for enterprise apps with a single backend but different types of users (like clients and account managers). The built-in deployment options let you run your app offline, which is great for highly secure apps with sensitive data. Also good if you need API integrations - docs are ready-made and there're many pre-set modules. As for less appropriate scenarios - AppMaster.io maybe be too rich for simple single-button apps, but once you move past the entrance threshold, simple apps are just several minutes away with AppMaster.io.
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Firebase should be your first choice if your platform is mobile first. Firebase's mobile platform support for client-side applications is second to none, and I cannot think of a comparable cross-platform toolkit. Firebase also integrates well with your server-side solution, meaning that you can plug Firebase into your existing app architecture with minimal effort.
Firebase lags behind on the desktop, however. Although macOS support is rapidly catching up, full Windows support is a glaring omission for most Firebase features. This means that if your platform targets Windows, you will need to implement the client functionality manually using Firebase's web APIs and wrappers, or look for another solution.
Read full review Pros Server back end nocode businnes processes create Visual programming iOS/Android APP development Admin panel Read full review Analytics wise, retention is extremely important to our app, therefore we take advantage of the cohort analysis to see the impact of our middle funnel (retargeting, push, email) efforts affect the percent of users that come back into the app. Firebase allows us to easily segment these this data and look at a running average based on certain dates. When it comes to any mobile app, a deep linking strategy is essential to any apps success. With Firebase's Dynamic Links, we are able to share dynamic links (recognize user device) that are able to redirect to in-app content. These deep links allow users to share other deep-linked content with friends, that also have link preview assets. Firebase allows users to effectively track events, funnels, and MAUs. With this simple event tracking feature, users can put organize these events into funnels of their main user flows (e.g., checkout flows, onboarding flows, etc.), and subsequently be able to understand where the drop-off is in the funnel and then prioritize areas of the funnel to fix. Also, MAU is important to be able to tell if you are bringing in new users and what's the active volume for each platform (Android, iOS). Read full review Cons The service is rapidly developing now and adding new points constantly, so hardly any specific weaknesses can be pointed out. Read full review Attribution and specifically multi-touch attribution could be more robust such as Branch or Appsflyer but understand this isn't Firebases bread and butter. More parameters. Firebase allows you to track tons of events (believe it's up to 50 or so) but the parameters of the events it only allows you to track 5 which is so messily and unbelievable. So you're able to get good high-level data but if you want to get granular with the events and actions are taken on your app to get real data insight you either have to go with a paid data analytics platform or bring on someone that's an expert in SQL to go through Big Query. City-specific data instead of just country-specific data would have been a huge plus as well. Read full review Usability
It is simple to use overall, the console's main menu is divided into Develop, Quality, Analytics and Grow - which have further subdivisions by their set of features and tools. Develop and Quality are relevant for product and tech. Analytics is relevant for product, analytics and Grow is relevant for marketing. This makes the overall use very easy.
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Very quick replies, very thorough answers, they help with even the smallest cases and always are there when you have even the most stupid questions.
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Our analytics folks handled the majority of the communication when it came to customer service, but as far as I was aware, the support we got was pretty good. When we had an issue, we were able to reach out and get support in a timely fashion. Firebase was easy to reach and reasonably available to assist when needed.
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Wide functionality allows you to implement complex projects. The server back-end is very easy to communicate with applications. And there are a lot of additional integration modules with external services.
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Before using Firebase, we exclusively used self hosted database services. Using Firebase has allowed us to reduce reliance on single points of failure and systems that are difficult to scale. Additionally, Firebase is much easier to set up and use than any sort of self hosted database. This simplicity has allowed us to try features that we might not have based on the amount of work they required in the past.
Read full review Return on Investment We can develop faster with a smaller team. Read full review Makes building real-time interfaces easy to do at scale with no backend involvement. Very low pricing for small companies and green-fields projects. Lack of support for more complicated queries needs to be managed by users and often forces strange architecture choices for data to enable it to be easily accessed. Read full review ScreenShots