Google updates Firebase with new emulator and data analysis tools

Google today updated Firebase, its service for helping developers build apps for Android, iOS, and the web. Firebase has gained a Firebase Authentication emulator, a Detect Online Presence extension, a redesigned Firebase Performance Monitoring dashboard, and data analysis tools.

The announcements were made at the fifth annual Firebase Summit, held digitally this year. At the event, Google revealed that over 2.5 million apps are actively using Firebase every month. That’s up from 2 million apps last year and 1.5 million apps the year before — Firebase is still growing at about 500,000 monthly active apps per year. At Firebase Summit 2020, Google highlighted apps that grew as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as ecommerce, gaming, and learning businesses. Firebase helped them scale to meet the demand of stay-at-home measures, and in return they ensured the Google tool maintained its growth.

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