I read the news that Google has shut down his short linker service goo.gl and the fact that FDL APIs will be used instead. And I've watched a video about the matter. However, I still can't comprehend how the Firebase Dynamic Link service better than that goo.gl? Can anyone give me real world examples of using it?


If you have been creating links by going to goo.gl then Google recommend using an alternative service, FDL is targeted at developers.

For developers, the advantage of FDL is that it can link to a mobile app as well as a website. For example an FDL shortened Twitter link will open twitter.com if used in a browser, but will open the Twitter app if used on an Android phone. In this way the links are "smart".

  • how is that smartness achieved?
    – Ivanari
    May 9 '18 at 8:11
  • mostly by looking at the user-agent
    – John C
    May 9 '18 at 11:48
  • are there other advantages of Firebase Dynamic Link?
    – Ivanari
    May 9 '18 at 12:07
  • The FDL product page has a pitch for the advantages, but it largely boils down to the fact they can link into apps.
    – John C
    May 10 '18 at 0:50
  • how is a link able to launch an app on your smartphone at all?
    – Ivanari
    May 10 '18 at 12:41

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