Google Analytics with Firebase

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I am trying to integrate Google Analytics in my iOS app. On Analytics page, Google is recommending to download (this link) with Cocoapods where library comes with Firebase.

My question is that why Google is providing Firebase with Goole analytics & what are the benefits using Google Analytics with Firebase?

Can I only download the Google Analytics SDK & it will serve the same features?


Fun fact: you can use pod GoogleAnalytics instead (note the missing /) if you wish to install the Google Analytics pod without all the extra Google/Firebase guff.