Google I/O 2017 – Highlights for the Android Developer

This year’s Google I/O 2017 was an exciting few days for developers. After last year’s complaints of long queues and no shade, Google listened and delivered a pre-booking system that ensured attendees weren’t queuing for hours. They also provided big bottles of sunscreen and more shade.  Continue reading Google I/O 2017 – Highlights for the Android Developer

Google Launchpad Start – Johannesburg – A summary

This past week I had the pleasure of being involved with the Google Launchpad Start located in Johannesburg, South Africa. The week was educational, inspirational and a lot of fun!

The Google Launchpad Start program is a 5-day in-person mentoring bootcamp designed to help early stage startups tackle critical growth challenges. Continue reading Google Launchpad Start – Johannesburg – A summary

Electricity Monitoring App – Send Push Notifications using Firebase Cloud Functions

This week Firebase launched a new and VERY exciting feature called Firebase Cloud Functions. It makes Firebase even more powerful than before, by allowing you to trigger functions when certain events happen. Events can be any of the following things:

  • Data changes on Firebase Realtime database nodes.
  • Authentication Changes
  • Analytics Changes
  • Cloud Storage Changes
  • and a few more…

Cloud Functions is a hosted, private, and scalable Node.js environment where you can run JavaScript code.

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Android Things – Electricity Monitoring App

For those who may not know, I live in beautiful sunny South Africa (see my tweets for lots of awesome pictures). A few years ago we battled with a lack of electricity. While “load-shedding” is not so common these days, we have numerous unplanned outages. We even have a few of apps that give out schedules when the electricity is scheduled to go off in your area (see here and here). Continue reading Android Things – Electricity Monitoring App

How to Stage Rollout Features using Firebase Remote Config (Android & iOS)

The Google Play Store has a great feature called “Staged Rollout“. It allows you to slowly release your app to a percentage of your user base. This feature is not available on the iTunes App Store. Using Firebase Remote Config, we can do much more than just stage rollout an entire app – we can stage rollout individual features within an iOS or Android app. 

By using the Google Play Store staged rollout feature, we can see how well a new version of our app is performing in the field without impacting our entire user base. Continue reading How to Stage Rollout Features using Firebase Remote Config (Android & iOS)