Since its acquisition by Google in 2014, Firebase has grown to be Google’s hub for “serverless” app improvement, even turning into one of many solely methods to ship push notifications on Android. The service is well-liked sufficient to justify an annual, all-day Summit occasion. This 12 months’s occasion, hosted in Prague, has promised to be stuffed with thrilling bulletins for Firebase.
Essentially the most thrilling new prospect is that of premium buyer assist. Firebase presently affords free assist for its prospects, which isn’t affected by at this time’s announcement. Clients with a Google Cloud Technical Assist plan will quickly have entry to new, premium assist through the Google Cloud Assist Middle, with telephone assist coming afterward. This appears to be a part of a much bigger push inside Google to supply improved buyer assist, for a price.
On the precise app improvement aspect of issues, Google’s ML Equipment, initially introduced this year at I/O, will quickly have higher facial recognition assist through a brand new function referred to as Face Contours. Coming into Beta quickly, Face Contours will be capable to determine over 100 facial landmarks, and appears excellent for apps that provide AR ‘masks’ like these supplied by Snapchat.
For backend and infrastructure builders, Firebase is providing a brand new administration API, permitting you to create, delete, and handle Firebase initiatives programmatically. Utilizing this new API, Google has partnered with web site creation instrument Glitch and on-line code editor StackBlitz to implement new “Deploy to Firebase” capabilities for each websites.
Moreover, two Firebase companies are transferring from Beta testing to Basic Availability — Check Lab for iOS and Firebase Predictions. Firebase Predictions, a machine-learning primarily based consumer habits prediction instrument, can be gaining new options like BigQuery integration, tutorials, and extra detailed details about every mannequin.
The 2018 Firebase Summit Keynote is about to start at 2AM PDT (or 10AM in Prague), and your entire occasion shall be streaming stay on YouTube.