Crashlytics error when migrating to capacitor

I decided to have a go at migrating my app from Cordova to Capacitor. I don’t know an awful lot about capacitor or true native development and thought this would be a good opportunity to learn.

The app uses the firebasex plugin for access to cloud firestore and nothing more.

When migrating I keep facing this error and have scoured the web to find a solution without much luck:

Crashlytics could not find the manifest. Not found at C:\path\to\app\android\capacitor-cordova-android-plugins\build\intermediates\merged_manifests\debug\AndroidManifest.xml

I’m not actually using Crashlytics so if it’s possible to disable it that would be a satisfactory solution.

Ionic info below

Ionic:

   Ionic CLI                     : 5.4.16 (C:\Users\Alok\AppData\Roaming\npm\node_modules\ionic)
   Ionic Framework               : @ionic/angular 5.0.5
   @angular-devkit/build-angular : 0.900.7
   @angular-devkit/schematics    : 9.0.7
   @angular/cli                  : 9.0.7
   @ionic/angular-toolkit        : 2.2.0

Capacitor:

   Capacitor CLI   : 1.5.1
   @capacitor/core : 1.5.1

Cordova:

   Cordova CLI       : 9.0.0 (cordova-lib@9.0.1)
   Cordova Platforms : android 8.1.0
   Cordova Plugins   : cordova-plugin-ionic 5.4.6, cordova-plugin-ionic-keyboard 2.2.0, cordova-plugin-ionic-webview 4.1.3, (and 13 other plugins)

Utility:

   cordova-res : 0.9.0
   native-run  : 0.3.0

System:

   Android SDK Tools : 26.1.1 (C:\Users\Alok\AppData\Local\Android\Sdk)
   NodeJS            : v10.16.3 (C:\Program Files\nodejs\node.exe)
   npm               : 6.9.0
   OS                : Windows 10

cordova plugin list gives:

cordova-plugin-androidx 1.0.2 "cordova-plugin-androidx"
cordova-plugin-androidx-adapter 1.1.0 "cordova-plugin-androidx-adapter"
cordova-plugin-badge 0.8.8 "Badge"
cordova-plugin-device 2.0.2 "Device"
cordova-plugin-firebasex 7.0.1 "Google Firebase Plugin"
cordova-plugin-inappbrowser 3.2.0 "InAppBrowser"
cordova-plugin-ionic 5.4.6 "cordova-plugin-ionic"
cordova-plugin-ionic-keyboard 2.2.0 "cordova-plugin-ionic-keyboard"
cordova-plugin-ionic-webview 4.1.3 "cordova-plugin-ionic-webview"
cordova-plugin-local-notification 0.9.0-beta.3 "LocalNotification"
cordova-plugin-purchase 9.0.0 "Purchase"
cordova-plugin-splashscreen 5.0.2 "Splashscreen"
cordova-plugin-statusbar 2.4.2 "StatusBar"
cordova-plugin-whitelist 1.3.3 "Whitelist"
cordova-plugin-x-socialsharing 5.6.3 "SocialSharing"
cordova-sqlite-storage 4.0.0 "Cordova sqlite storage plugin - cordova-sqlite-storage plugin version"
es6-promise-plugin 4.2.2 "Promise"

Thanks in advance