Every year, top mobile developers convene in San Francisco for WWDC and Google I/O, and as always, we want to be part of the fun. That’s why this year we hosted not one, but two parties, for iOS and Android developers.

You can guess from the line around the corner that the place was packed and the crowd was buzzing. It was great to meet and hang out with awesome developers from Apple, Google, Square, Path, Pandora, Pinterest and many more of the top mobile app companies.

Since we can’t travel back in time, here are some great photos to relive the memories.

If you didn’t get the chance to be there, experience the night here.

 


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Today, we’re excited to unveil our latest project: Answers by Crashlytics. Finally, mobile analytics you don’t need to analyze.

When we first launched Crashlytics more than two years ago, we were focused solely on solving the problem of mobile crash reporting. Since then, we’ve seen a need for powerful tools across other areas of app development — and we knew that we could apply the same design principles to meet the many challenges faced by today’s mobile app developers. With Answers by Crashlytics, along with our award-winning crash reporting tool and Beta by Crashlytics, developers now have access to a powerful, lightweight suite of products to help them not only build, but also grow great apps.

It’s been an honor to work with many of the top iOS and Android mobile teams as we have crafted Answers, and we’ve received incredible feedback:

We have Answers by Crashlytics displayed on two of our big TVs (one for iOS and one for Android) so the entire team can view the live updates of our app’s key metrics — everyone loves it!

Lars Vedo, Mobile Product Manager,

Zero Steps

Terms like ‘bloated’, ‘bulky’, and ‘unreliable’ should never describe any developer tool. We know how hard it can be to gather real-time data, gain actionable insights about user behavior, and iterate quickly to optimize your app. Don’t worry — this is what we do.

Answers streamlines the process of revealing the key drivers of your app’s growth. With just one click, and no extra code changes, you’ll have the power to understand your app’s key usage and retention metrics. We intelligently and quickly send data at low impact times to optimize and reduce traffic on your app. Built into our existing Crashlytics SDK, Answers gives you instant visibility and a constant pulse on your app’s key metrics. And it’s free.

A Dashboard That Makes Sense

Your time is precious. We don’t want to bog you down with data overload. Answers streamlines your day with a UI that calls attention only to your most critical app usage metrics. With full visibility into your growth and engagement indicators, you can immediately understand the current state of your app and intelligently decide where to invest your time.

See a spike in activity? We’ll tell you why. No more guessing if an increase in daily actives is a result of new users or your existing users becoming more active. We’ll connect the dots for you.

And if you’re anticipating increases in usage related to a major event, you can see at a glance how many users are engaging with your app at this very moment. Bring the popcorn and display this data for your team to watch the action live.

No Analysis Required

Once enabled, Answers by Crashlytics intelligently analyzes and learns your app’s behavior and begins delivering live data within minutes. We know you’re busy, and we’ve built Answers with that in mind. You no longer need to don a lab coat and pull out a calculator to understand what’s going on. We look at the long-term trend and understand that there are certain metrics that are cyclical, so we’ll proactively alert you when a pattern is truly abnormal.

You’re constantly pushing out new features and bug fixes, so you’ll want to understand how your top builds compare and how users are engaging with your latest build. View build adoption over time to see the stability of each build with a breakdown of session length and crash-free users per build.

All About Growth

We know that retention is an important metric for understanding growth — that a large increase in new users doesn’t always translate to a long-term increase in your monthly actives. At a glance, monitor what percentage of your new users are coming back within a day, week, or month of installing your app for a clear picture of true user retention.

Sometimes, simply knowing usage numbers isn’t enough to understand overall performance. Answers dives deeper, showing you the total number of user sessions and the average number of sessions per user. For more granularity, we include the median session length, along with the amount of time per day the average user spends in your app. What better way to know that your users are having an awesome experience than to see them spending more time in your app?

Finally, app stability is crucial to ensuring your users have a great experience. Know how many of your users are having crash-free days and crash-free sessions and instantly see the top issues related to your app’s stability. Since Answers is built into the same SDK that powers your crash reporting, you can immediately dive into the issues that have the greatest impact and start fixing bugs.

Experience the Power

This is just the beginning. Our engineers are already working to take Answers to the next level and we have a lot planned. As always, send us your thoughts at support@crashlytics.com or find us on Twitter @Crashlytics. We’d love to hear what you think we should tackle next.

If you already have a Crashlytics account, you’ll soon see the new Answers tab on your dashboard. Otherwise, sign up here to get started with Crashlytics.

Don’t just take our word for it:

Answers by Crashlytics is the first thing I check every day. Its breakdown of crash-free users and crash-free sessions are the fundamental metrics we use to measure the stability of our app. I can’t imagine shipping an app without it.

Ryan Johnson, VP of Mobile Engineering,

Answers by Crashlytics is exactly what we’ve been looking for! We just launched a new version and it was amazing to immediately compare it’s stability to our previous versions.

Philip Connaughton, Software Engineer,

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Crashlytics June Update

 

In May, we officially released Beta by Crashlytics, shipped tons of crash reporting upgrades and announced our most recent Labs project: Crashlytics for OS X. While the World Cup fever catches on and excitement looms around every corner of our office, we still spared no time and hunkered down to keep shipping new upgrades for you — even if that means missing a game or two!

More Options, More Powerful Beta

Ever since we started building Beta by Crashlytics, our mission has been to deliver a single, cross-platform toolset that gives you a completely streamlined experience for distributing apps to your testers. To give you even more flexibility in managing your testers, we’ve built out the ability for you to grant or revoke a tester’s access right within our already intuitive, easy-to-use web dashboard.

For those of you building on iOS, we improved the UI of the distribution tab within our Mac app, making it easier to manage your distributions. We also enhanced the reliability of our upload functionality to make sending builds to your testers an absolute breeze. For those building on Android, we added a new file selector for APKs within our IDE plugins — so you can select and manually upload your APKs in case those files are playing hide-and-seek. :)

Supporting the Latest & Greatest

While we’ve been heads down on Beta by Crashlytics, we also found the time to give our crash reporting solution another boost. We added support for version 0.11 of the Android Gradle plugin just hours after it was released, which in turn allowed us to support the latest version of Android Studio (0.6.0). Since many of you have already upgraded to the latest Android Studio, we took a proactive approach to adding this new support to prevent any upgrading issues!

Never Miss a Crash

For crash reporting on iOS, we’ve added the capability for you to manually upload your dSYM files. Now you can be sure that you won’t ever miss crashes occurring in some edge cases where your dSYM files couldn’t be detected by our system. You can sit back, relax and watch the detailed crash reports roll in. While at it, we also improved the stability for your users who are running your app on iOS 8 with Crashlytics installed.

Brand New Integrations

Ever since we announced our open-sourced integrations a year ago, we are very thankful to all those developers who have built on top of our foundation and contributed their integrations. We just announced our brand new integrations with some of the most popular project management and collaboration tools. Now you can manage your projects with less effort and have an even easier time working with your team to fix crashes.

Celebrating with Developers

For two years running, we’ve welcomed the mobile developer community to SF with our WWDC Kick-off Party. This year, we hosted our third annual WWDC party and, for the first time ever, brought our memorable event to the growing Android community with our party at Google I/O. The house was packed for both events, and once again we had a great time celebrating with the world’s top mobile app developers and seeing the amazing apps you’re all building. We’ll be sharing photos soon — stay tuned!

Here’s our internal changelog:

General

  • Android IDE Plugins
    • Added support for Gradle plugin version 0.11 in order to support the latest version of Android Studio (0.6.0).
  • Web
    • Shipped ability to upload dSYM files manually.

Beta by Crashlytics

  • iOS SDK
    • Improved stability for users running iOS 8 encountered rare crashes in apps with Crashlytics included.
    • Solved issue that created deadlock for testers running an app distributed through Beta by Crashlytics on iOS 6.
  • Mac App
    • Improved plugin UI of the distribution tab.
    • Enhanced upload reliability when sending builds to testers.
  • IntelliJ
    • Enhanced drag-and-drop support when distributing your APKs.
    • Added a new file selector in case your APKs are playing hide-and-seek.
    • Improved exception handling in the command line build tools.
  • Eclipse
    • Enhanced drag-and-drop support when distributing your APKs.
    • Added a new file selector in case your APKs are playing hide-and-seek.
    • Improved exception handling in the command line build tools.
  • Android Studio
    • Enhanced drag-and-drop support when distributing your APKs.
    • Added a new file selector in case your APKs are playing hide-and-seek.
    • Improved exception handling in the command line build tools.
  • Web
    • Shipped ability to revoke a tester’s access within the web dashboard.

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integrations

Just one year ago, we announced our open-sourced integrations, inviting the developer community to build on our existing infrastructure. Since then, we’ve had many developers build and submit integrations that are used today by thousands of other developers! We’ve loved seeing the community support and are excited to announce three new integrations to help you strengthen team collaboration and manage your projects.

Trello

Since you’re constantly multitasking, we know you’re relying on Red Bull and to-do list tools like Trello to help you manage and prioritize your workload. Our integration with Trello, built by Andrey Chernih, allows you to turn your crashes into Trello cards. Add your crash cards to any of your Trello boards so you can see what crashes need your attention and collaborate with your team to understand who is working on each crash.

Bitbucket

Built by Mufri, our Bitbucket integration turns your crashes into Bitbucket issues that are added to your preferred repository. We know your time is valuable and with this integration you can seamlessly jump from your Bitbucket repository directly into your crashes. With this seamless integration, you now have more time for the fun stuff, like coding the next hottest app!

Hall

We understand the importance in team collaboration and being in constant communication to understand who’s working on what. Andy McSherry built the Crashlytics integration with messaging service Hall. With this integration, messages are posted into your preferred group so you can quickly and easily communicate with your team about your crashes. No more waiting by the water cooler to track down teammates for status updates, we’ve got you covered. ;-)

Interested in adding your own integration? We’d love to work with you and see what you can come up with. See our existing integrations and get started.


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Why do it once when you can do it twice? After years of being the hottest party at WWDC, we’re excited to throw our very first Crashlytics + Twitter party at Google I/O. Come hang out with the top Android mobile developers as we celebrate the awesome apps you’re building.  We’ve been humbled by the support for Crashlytics for Android and Beta by Crashlytics, and are excited to share a preview of what’s to come.

Want to crash our party?

  • When: June 24, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Where: 620 Jones Street, San Francisco
  • Price: On us!
  • How: RSVP here (act quickly – tickets are limited!)

Curious to see how we celebrate? Check out highlights from 2013 and 2012.


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