What's New with Thunkable? January 2024 Product Updates

Discover the latest updates and tutorials for Thunkable's drag and drop app builder in our 2024 Product Round Up. Stay ahead with custom components, AI integration, and more!
Written by
Ariel Gonzalez
Published on
January 30, 2024

Welcome to our first Product Roundup of 2024! 🎉 Just as the year unfolds with endless possibilities, Thunkable is here to kickstart your no code mobile app development journey with a bang!

In this edition, we're thrilled to introduce a game-changing feature that brings unprecedented flexibility: Custom Components. We also have key updates about your API keys for Airtable databases, an OpenAI integration update to supercharge your AI interactions, and some step-by-step tutorials. 

Join us as we explore other small-yet-mighty product updates. Your app creation and innovation journey begins here, so let's dive in!

Custom Properties: Set Defaults in Your Custom Components

Last month we announced the release of Custom Components. This month we are bringing you Custom Properties to level up the flexibility of your Custom Components to be used across all of your projects or shared with fellow app creators. Now, you can set default properties in your adjustable custom components after importing them into your projects. 

Adding a custom event in custom components

What Does This Mean for You?

Custom Components allow you to save combinations of UI components and blocks, making it easier than ever to reuse and share your creations. Build your component once in the component editor and use it across multiple projects. 

Check out our tutorial for step-by-step guidance on creating, sharing, importing, copying, and editing Custom Components.

Who Is This Available To? 

All Thunkable Creators can access this feature! The Custom Component builder can be found on the project homepage under ‘Custom Components” on the left-hand menu.  If you haven’t already, create your account and start building on Thunkable’s no code native app builder today!

A Brand-New Projects Page 

Last month, we unveiled the revamped Thunkable Projects Page. If you haven't explored it yet, now's the time! Discover advanced organizational features, remixable sample projects, and effortlessly access all your customizations. It's designed to streamline your app development journey.

Sample apps in the new Thunkable projects page

Third-Party Updates

With Thunkable’s vast integration capabilities come frequent updates to make sure your app is compliant. Let’s take a look at the following updates you need to be aware of:

Google Admob, Airtable, and OpenAI logos

🚨 Google AdMob Consent Management: Creators serving ads to EEA and UK end users now have new consent management requirements for AdMob. Stay compliant with these new standards by publishing an update for your app on Google Play and App Store for these changes to take effect. To learn more about this update view our community post.

🔑 Airtable API Key Deprecation: Starting February 1, 2024, we will no longer support API keys to connect Airtable bases to Thunkable apps. Plan your transition accordingly. View our doc for more information on Airtable as a data source in Thunkable.

🤖 OpenAI + Thunkable Integration Update: We've updated the default model in our OpenAI Integration to gpt-3.5-turbo-instruct, providing you with enhanced capabilities for AI-powered interactions.

Tutorial: How to Update Data in a Firebase Realtime Database

Databases are essential for every app. Whether you need log-in functionality, in-app chat, or something more advanced, you’ll need to create a database and update information in realtime. Watch] this tutorial on updating data in a Firebase Realtime Database to give your app the functionality you’ll need to provide tailored experiences for your users. Learn the ins and outs of managing dynamic data in your apps in less than four minutes. If a databases is a must have for your app, then this video is a must-watch.

Tutorial: How to Use Methods to Trigger Behavior in Thunkable Custom Components

Have you tested Custom Components yet for your app? If not, then you’re missing out on unlocking extreme power and speed for your app development efforts. Check out this tutorial to explore the potential of Thunkable Custom Components by mastering methods to trigger specific behaviors. Our tutorial will guide you through the process, and let you test drive the future of building on Thunkable with Custom Components.

Build Your No Code Mobile App with Thunkable!

Our latest updates and tutorials aim to enhance your Thunkable experience, making app development more efficient and exciting. Whether you're building a new project or improving an existing one, we're here to fuel your creativity and innovation. Stay tuned for more exciting features and resources in the coming months!

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Written by
Ariel Gonzalez

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