Firebase, real-time backend for web application development, originally launched a little over a year ago. Since its launch, Firebase has remained in beta while it continued to improve its service and build a customer base. Over the past year, Firebase has added features, functionality, and thousands of customers. Accordingly, Firebase has announced it is leaving its beta stages behind and publically launching as a full-fledged paid product.
On Firebase’s opening day, April 12th of last year, 35,000 unique visitors checked out the service and 3,000 developers signed up. Since then, its adoption rate has grown and it has bagged some high profile customers along the way. CBS uses Firebase for online social features of its Big Brother reality TV show. Disney used Firebase for an interactive HTML 5 video experience for Wreck It Ralph. Check out case studies and its impressive customer list here.
Since PW originally added the Firebase API to its directory in April 2012, Firebase has added a number of features. Now, the API includes security and authentication, iOS/OSX SDK support, a collaborative text editor, and Android SDK support. Those interested can sign up at the Firebase site.
Firebase is well on its way to achieving its dream: “building the easiest-to-use platform for building rich, modern, applications.” From startups to established enterprises, customers are adopting Firebase as if the goal has been realized. Get on developing your application and let Firebase deal with the backend nightmares.