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March 21, 2017

Add Facebook and Twitter authentication to your apps, using Firebase and Fabric

User authentication can be a powerful addition to your Android app. Once you can identify the individual people who are using your app, you can customize your app’s content, potentially delivering an experience that feels as though it was designed with a specific user in mind.

But authentication isn’t just a way of delivering a more compelling, highly-personalized user experience. Depending on the kind of app you’re creating, the ability to identify your users may be required for your app to function at all – good luck developing a chat, email or social media app if you have absolutely no way of telling who anyone is!

Traditionally, authentication has required [...]

 
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January 19, 2017

Google acquires Twitter’s mobile app development division Fabric

Twitter is making yet another move away from its side properties and divisions. Fabric, the mobile app development platform that Twitter launched in 2014, has now been acquired by Google.

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Fabric was developed by Twitter to give app creators some new tools to help grow. They included the Crashlytics toolkit, which was designed to help developers find the reasons why their apps crashed. They also included the MoPub tools so that developers could more easily put advertisements inside apps. Finally, there was the Twitter Kit, which allowed apps to embed Twitter posts, along with a way to post Twitter [...]

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