Announcing major updates to our roadmap and migration timeline

By Alex Singer, Product Manager & Kristen Johnson, Product Lead for App Quality

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Two years ago, at Google I/O 2017, we stepped on stage for the first time with our new Firebase teammates and shared our lofty vision of bringing the best of our platforms together. Although we had just begun this journey, we committed to giving you, our customers, access to better tools, improved infrastructure, and regular updates on our progress. Since then, we’ve made great headway on ensuring the tools, qualities, and magic you love about Fabric are brought to Firebase. Here are some of the milestones we’ve already hit:

This year at Google I/O 2019, our focus is on giving you a major update and outlining the rest of our journey with greater clarity.

A more precise timeline

After months of careful planning, tons of thoughtful iteration, and lots of customer feedback, we’re announcing that we’ll complete Fabric’s transition to Firebase on March 31st, 2020. What does this mean? It means that you should fully migrate to Firebase before this date, because on April 1st, 2020, you will no longer be able to access your Fabric dashboards.

Updated roadmap

More details on this timeline and FAQs can be found in our product roadmap. We’ve updated the design so it’s easier to see what’s in progress and what has recently shipped! We’ll continue to update it so make sure you check back often.

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App Distribution in alpha

We know many of you have been waiting for more information on the future of Crashlytics Beta, our service that lets you distribute pre-release iOS and Android versions of your app to testers. Our team has been hard at work building the next generation of Crashlytics Beta in Firebase, called App Distribution. Now, we’re excited to give you a preview of this new product in alpha! While Firebase App Distribution isn’t ready for production just yet, you can get early access to try it out and give feedback to our team by signing up for Firebase’s Alpha program. Our plan is to make App Distribution publicly available over the next few months and make sure switching to App Distribution from Crashlytics Beta is as easy as possible.

More recent launches

In addition to launching App Distribution in alpha, we’ve also shipped these new features in Firebase Crashlytics to bring it to parity with Fabric:

  • Unity support. Firebase Crashlytics now supports Unity so developers can use Crashlytics to improve the quality of their games.

  • NDK support. Firebase Crashlytics now supports Native crash reporting on Android so that you can monitor the stability of your native code.

  • New Firebase Crashlytics integrations with Jira, Slack, and PagerDuty. These integrations allow you to track and route stability issues to your team with the tools they already use.

Plus, we’ve added these brand new features to Firebase Crashlytics that were not previously available in Fabric:

  • Crashlytics data export to BigQuery. With Firebase Crashlytics, you can now export your raw crash data to BigQuery and have the freedom to deeply analyze it.

  • Crashlytics Data Studio template. Using Data Studio (a free tool that sits on top of BigQuery), you can make custom dashboards from your Crashlytics data that fit the unique way your team works. We released a Data Studio template that gives you a sense of what’s possible with Crashlytics and BigQuery.

  • Configurable velocity alerts. In Firebase Crashlytics, you can set up alerts that inform you when an issue increases in impact, and configure them to your app’s needs and workflows.

  • Analytics breadcrumbs. These are analytics events that help you retrace user actions preceding a crash so you can troubleshoot issues faster.

What’s next

While we’ve made good progress on bringing the best of Fabric into Firebase, we’re still working on a few things like:

  • Adding search by issue title and subtitle in Firebase Crashlytics

  • Adding crash-free sessions in Firebase Crashlytics

  • Making App Distribution publicly available

What you should do now

If you haven’t already, it’s time to begin the move to Firebase so you can take advantage of the new features we’ve added there, capitalizing on Firebase’s strengths. We’ve made this process easy, but don’t just take our word for it. Here’s what Kayak had to say about the migration:

“Migrating from Fabric to Firebase has been painless and we love how Crashlytics looks and feels in Firebase. We particularly appreciate being able to export our crash data to BigQuery, for deeper analysis, as well as how easy it is to use other parts of the Firebase platform, like Performance Monitoring or Test Lab.”

If you’re using Crashlytics or Answers, Firebase is ready for you and we recommend you fully migrate as soon as possible. You can start the migration by linking your Fabric app to Firebase and then inviting your team. Our migration flow will walk through everything step by step. Keep using the existing Fabric Crashlytics SDK for now. We will let you know when new Firebase Crashlytics SDKs are ready and need to be upgraded.

If you’re using Crashlytics and Beta, we recommend you start using Crashlytics in Firebase, but continue to use Beta in Fabric. Linking Crashlytics will not prevent you from migrating Beta later on. We also recommend signing up for Firebase’s Alpha program so you can test drive App Distribution - we’d love your feedback! We’ll be sure to tell you when App Distribution is ready for production in the coming months.

Thanks Fabric, onward with Firebase

Thank you for trusting Fabric to build, understand, and grow your app. Without you, Fabric wouldn’t have grown to become one of the most popular app development platforms in the world, active on over 2 billion devices. We’re humbled by your support. While we’ll sunset Fabric on March 31st, 2020, we’re not saying goodbye! Without the complexity of maintaining two consoles, we’ll have more bandwidth to make Firebase even better and continue to develop tools that accelerate your app success over there. See you on the other side!

Sincerely,

The Fabric & Firebase team

Relive the Firebase party at WWDC18

by Brian Lynn, Firebase Party Host

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WWDC has drawn to a close and we wanted to share the photos of our party on the night of June 4th. It was great to meet and celebrate app development with many of you, including talented developers from Slack, Adidas, Coinbase, DJI and many more. We were blown away by your enthusiasm to come party with us!

Since we can’t travel back in time, here are some highlights so you can relive the night of fun.

The night begins!

We were excited to roll out the red carpet for our guests at the entrance. Our friendly hosts greeted everyone at the door, and we had food+drinks ready for you as soon as you finished checking in.

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Celebration time

To give The GlassHouse a homey feel, we designed the ambience of our event to resemble the look and feel of Firebase. Throughout the space, we added lighting in Firebase’s colors, custom pillows, video backdrop and more.

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A variety of passed hors d'oeuvre (with vegan options) were served throughout the night. We also designed three developer cocktails for the night: the Moscow ML, Old Functioned and Magarealtime. Thank you to all those who submitted creative names for our cocktails and congrats to the winners!

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The glowing selfie-station with nifty LED sunglasses was a favorite at this year's party. We’re glad that many of you loved the setup, took pictures, and shared them on social media!

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We also had fun playing our AppShip arcade game with many of you. Some of our hosts lost their voice cheering everyone on for that one, final goal of the night. And if you scored an own-goal, you weren't the only one: over half of the balls that went into the goal were last touched by someone from their own team.

Wrapping up the night

A party wouldn’t be complete without some great music and dancing. This year, we had a bigger dance floor with a giant disco ball as well as a talented DJ as usual. Those who didn’t feel like dancing and just wanted to relax, could do so at the outdoor terrace where you could get some fresh air and continue mingling.

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No party can last forever, and goodbyes are always hard. This year, Firebase branded travel mugs and bottle openers were waiting to go home with guests right at the door.

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Thank you to all those who joined us to celebrate app development - we were glad to share all the laughter with you. Check out our full photo album.

Here’s to next year!

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We’re doing it again! Firebase party at WWDC18

by Brian Lynn, Firebase Party Host

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Heading to WWDC this year? Join us at the Firebase party on June 4th as we celebrate with the top iOS developers from around the world.

We’re excited to once again throw a party for our community at this year’s conference. If you’re going to be in town, join us for a night to mingle with other developers, meet engineers and product leads from the Fabric+Firebase team, and relax after the first day of WWDC.

We can’t wait to see you and toast to another exciting summer of mobile development.

  • When: Monday, June 4th, 2018
  • Time: 8:00pm - 12:00am
  • Where: The GlassHouse
  • Price: Free (!)

Tickets are limited so request your invite today! (Note: a confirmed ticket is required for entry)

Join us at the Firebase Dev Summit 2017 in Amsterdam!

By Frank van Puffelen, Developer Advocate

We’re excited to announce that the registration for the Firebase Dev Summit is opening today!

Please join us in Amsterdam on October 31st for a day of talks, codelabs, and office hours, as well as (of course) an after-party.

I had a blast at last year’s Dev Summit in Berlin

I had a blast at last year’s Dev Summit in Berlin

Three months ago, thousands of developers joined us at Google I/O to hear about improvements to the Firebase platform, like Performance Monitoring, Phone Authentication, and our newly open sourced SDKs. We haven’t slowed down since then and now we’re excited to bring the Firebase and Fabric teams to Amsterdam to talk about a bunch of new announcements, as well as hear your feedback on how we can improve Firebase to help you build even more extraordinary experiences for your users.

Registration is now open, but keep in mind that space will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis, so make sure to request an invitation today.


What is the Firebase Dev Summit?

The Firebase Dev Summit is full day event for app developers that will focus on solving core infrastructure and growth challenges in app development. We’ll have deep dive sessions, as well as introductory overviews, so all levels of Firebase familiarity are welcome!

We also want you to get your hands dirty with Firebase. You’ll get a chance to put your new knowledge into practice with instructor-led codelabs, as well as ask our team any questions you have at our #AskFirebase lounge.

The day isn’t just about us talking to to you, though. Our product managers and engineering team (including me!) are excited to meet you in person and hear your feedback about what is and isn’t working in Firebase. Our community is what makes Firebase great, so we couldn’t be more excited to get your help in shaping the future of Firebase.

As a native Dutchie, I’m thrilled that we’ll be combining two of my favorite things at the Dev Summit this year: Firebase & The Netherlands! If you’ll be traveling to Amsterdam for the conference, I highly recommend you stay an extra day. Take a canal tour, visit one of the many museums, rent a bike, or just take a stroll and say hi to a local. We’re friendly, I promise :-).

We’re looking forward to meeting you in person. Dank je en tot gauw!


This post originally appeared on the Firebase blog.

Relive the Fabric + Firebase party at WWDC17

by Brian Lynn, Product Marketing Manager

Now that WWDC has drawn to a close, we couldn’t wait to share the photos of our party on the night of the 5th. We were thrilled to meet and celebrate app development with many of you, including tons of talented developers from Apple, Uber, Spotify, Tinder, and more. With over a thousand RSVPs, it was amazing to see the excitement among the community!

Since we can’t travel back in time, here are some highlights so you can relive the night of fun. 

The entrance

We love our customers - so what better way to show our appreciation then rolling out the red carpet? We also made sure to have friendly hosts to greet you at the door and security guards as rigorous as an IDS

The experience

To make sure you feel right at home at Forager, we meticulously designed the ambience of our event to resemble the look and feel of our product. Throughout the space, we added the Firebase yellow and Fabric blue lighting, custom pillows, stand up tables with chips inside, and more. This way you can mingle with other developers in style.

In addition to finger-licking good appetizers, we even designed two specialty developer cocktails: the Minty Multithread and Nulltonic Expression. Thank you to all those who submitted creative names for our cocktail and congrats to the winners!

The fun

Deliciousness aside, we mounted flat screens throughout the venue so you can showcase the apps you’re building and share your passion projects with other developers. For the photo-junkies, we featured a paparazzi style photo booth with whatever witty props that strike your mood (see all the photo booth moments here).

For those who love flexing their knowledge muscle, we brought in the AppShip3000 - our flagship multiplayer game to test your knowledge of Firebase. In case you were new to Firebase and wanted to learn more, we also set up a live coding station so you can see Firebase in action.

The swag

Since it’s dub dub, we crafted custom designed iPhone protective cases for you to take home (in case cocktails and holding-onto-phones-after don’t mix). Stylish tees included as usual.

Thank you to all those who joined us for the night - we were glad to share all the laughter with you. Check out our full photo album. (photos credit: Yvonne TNT)

Here’s to next year!

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