If you’ve ever published an app to Google Play, you may have gone through a moment of panic prior to the release. “Is my application stable enough to handle thousands of users? Will it work as designed on devices? “If you’ve ever had thoughts like this when you release your app, don’t worry. Relating your app is not a stressful experience and there are tools you can use to make sure. Its application security is stable and performing high.
You may have used Google Play app quality tools, such as Android vitals and prepared a pre-public report during your release, but using Firebase and Google quality tools together Play can take your app to the next level. Google Play quality tools provide an overall view of application stability, while Firebase’s quality tools, such as App Distribution, Crashlytics, Test Lab, and Performance Monitoring, provide additional customization. Tweaks and more in-depth details. The combined use of Google Play and Firebase quality tools gives you useful insights into your app’s stability and performance before, during, and after launch, so you can be confident when you know your users are experiencing the best version of the app.
In this article, I will demonstrate how to use the Firebase app quality tools together with Google Play quality tools to improve the user experience in your app.
A listing of the Google Play and Firebase tools to help improve the quality of your app
1. Collect feedback
Is collecting feedback from internal groups (internal team) and external users (external users).
One of the best ways to identify and fix bugs is through feedback from trusted testers, but user testing can be a complicated process. You must hire a tester, find an distribute of your test builds, and grant access to the tester. Firebase App Distribution , a pre-release testing tool, gives you the flexibility to easily distribute your test builds among trusted testers on Android and iOS using the Firebase console or server. Your CI so you can gather early feedback and spot errors. Also, without having to install the SDK, you can set up your tester up and running in no time.
If you are looking to test special formats at Play, such as App Bundles, you can use Google Play Internal App Sharing to quickly upload and share test builds with your internal team.
Once you’ve completed the internal testing process and want to get more feedback on a large scale, use the open testing and close testing versions of Google Play to target your most engaged users. Check quality for the last time before releasing new features. With the open and close testing, you get direct feedback from external users without affecting your Google Play ratings or reviews.
2. Test App on different devices
With so many Android devices on the market, it’s important to test your app on many different devices to make sure the app works as intended for all users. You may have used pre-launch reports when released on the Google Play Console to run tests on pre-selected devices. However, you may want a little more flexibility, provided you understand your users the most and which devices are most popular with them. Firebase Test Lab allows you to run custom special tests at any point during development on a multitude of custom physical and virtual devices.
Both pre-launch reports and Firebase Test Lab offers check Robo (Robo test), a crawler automatically navigate your application and identify the problem without having to manually set up test ( kiểm TRA). For more control over your testing, you can also run custom instrumentation tests on Firebase Test Lab that give you control over the UI of the application.
For game developers, pre-launch reports and Firebase Test Lab offer Game Loop tests , the game simulates real player action and provides a quick and open wide to verify that your game is performing well for your users.
pre-launch reports and Firebase Test Lab give you actionable next steps on how to tackle Android stability, compatibility, visibility, accessibility and security vulnerabilities across devices. without having to maintain this infrastructure yourself.
3. Track and quickly fix the problem
No matter how much you test, all apps crash occasionally. You don’t want to learn about issues in your app from negative reviews or support tickets from frustrated users. The best way to monitor application stability is to find out the problems as soon as they happen. To make sure you’re prioritizing the most common issues, start by reviewing your Android vitals dashboard for an overview of your crashes and ANR rates.
Once you’ve looked at your Android vitals, it’s time to start fixing problems, but it might take time to fix it. Firebase Crashlytics can help you fix stability issues faster by providing additional context that helps you quickly understand the root cause of the problem. For example, custom keys give you a snapshot of your application state before it crashed, and a custom log that records the events the user experienced during their session. You can also integrate Crashlytics with Google Analytics to use breadcrumbs, which automatically capture predefined Google Analytics events showing the actions the user took before the crash, as well as the parameters. in the event. Predefined Google Analytics events predefined
For example, Gameloft, a critically-acclaimed game developer, has seen first-hand the benefits of using logs and keys to get insights and context around the crashes, this helped them reduce crash rate and increase player session time by 16%.
For even more in-depth insights, export your crash data to BigQuery in real-time to identify new issues appearing in new code or see top issues of the day, so you have can prioritize and fix them faster.
Learn more about Crashlytics
4. Analyze application performance after launch
Once your application is up and running, you’ll want to track how it performs on your user base and spot any technical problems quickly and easily. You can use Android vitals here to track, not only crashes, but also overly wakeup of your apps and partially stuck wakeup data, as well as app launch times. You can see how your app is performing compared to peers using custom peer groups.
For game developers, you can also get more performance insights in Android vitals by integrating Android Performance Tuner into your game to measure and optimize frame rate performance. as well as your graphic fidelity across the Android device ecosystem.
To dig deeper into application performance, Firebase Performance Monitoring uses custom traces to capture your application’s performance in specific scenarios so you can understand the context in which performance performance issues arise. and easier to solve them. You can also filter both your app’s tracking data and network data into things like the device type, geolocation, and app version to delve into the issue.
Understanding your app’s performance not only gives you more information about the relative quality of your app, but also helps you make the right business decisions while ensuring the quality of your app on the Play Store. .
By using Firebase and Google Play together, you get a powerful set of tools that give you an overview as well as in-depth insights on stability issues, helping the release process. less stress, less bugs on your application, and more satisfaction with your users. To get started with Firebase quality tools, you can create a project here and learn about linking it to Google Play here .