Ever since Google launched the stable version of Flutter, developers can’t contain the excitement of how this SDK will be the future of mobile app development. Flutter has made mobile development much easier for developers.
Flutter was developed by Google to assist ambient computing. It is now used by the top tech companies such as Reflectly, Grab, Groupon, Philips, eBay. Apart from these companies, there are many startups who are launching their business like Uber for x services, On-demand ventures, etc built with Flutter.
Many developers are confident in saying Flutter would be the future of mobile app development. In this article, we break down why we believe developers feel this way.
Flutter is a single codebase platform. Any application you develop with Flutter is supported in the Android and iOS platforms. This is a time-saver for the entrepreneurs in launching their business faster into the market. You just have to code once, and the app runs on any platform.
Hot reload is the cornerstone feature of the Flutter. The changes you make in the source code will be reflected back immediately in the running application without compiling the source code again or restarting. This significantly improves the development time for the developers.
Flutter contains a comprehensive list of widgets for designing UI interface. The widgets are customizable and are reusable, making it useful for further development. Flutter also contains two sets of widgets: Material Design and Cupertino.
The Material Design implements Google’s design and Cupertino implements Apple’s iOS Human interface guidelines. This gives a lot of creative options for developers to build sleek looking apps.
A cross-platform application is a type of software application that is implementable in multiple platforms and devices without encountering any difficulty.
Ever since the stable release of Flutter, it has been a popular tool for cross-platform application development. Once the code gets developed into a fully workable app, it is implementable on any platform such as iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac OS.
As mobile applications developed from the single codebase of Flutter technology, the QA team would find it effortless in testing the application.
They can test the app based on functionality, user-interface, usability, and logical formation in a single platform of the application, without wasting time testing multiples platforms.
As we mentioned earlier, the core advantage of Flutter is the single codebase, and hot reload feature which allows developers to build a working app in a short time.
Entrepreneurs who are trying to build a minimum viable product for their business idea can use Flutter technology to create a working prototype to reach the market or show to their investors.
In the present mobile app development market, the cost of developing a native mobile app takes around $30,000 USD. To build an app for multiple platforms would be pricey.
Besides, you have to deal with other costs such as marketing, team building, server cost, etc. Flutter reduces the cost of development as you pay for one source code. And that source code is compatible with other platforms as well.
The minimum viable product (MVP) is the product requiring minimum functionality and features to understand the needs of the target audience while also getting enough validation for further iteration of the product. The MVP prototype expresses the core of the business idea and is designed to carry out the main business goal.
MVP is preferred when you want to get your business faster into the market or to show your investors your working prototype. Flutter is perfect to use when building a minimum viable product for your business as it speeds up the development process and adds an attractive UI design layout.
Firebase is a Backend-as-a-Service (BaaS) app development platform. It benefits developers in using services like analytics, databases, messaging, and crash reporting for focusing users. Firebase is simple and easy to integrate into the Flutter platform.
Flutter comes with free open source packages that support developing the app faster. Notable packages are Loading Animations, Youtube_player, Frideos_flutter, Flutter Ecommerce, etc. As Flutter is an open-source platform, developers are adding their part of work to the library.
Animations are a piece of cake with the 2Dimensions Flare, which comes along with Flutter. Flare is a vector-based animation tool used for UI design and gaming apps. You can create interactive animations and designs inside the app.
Currently, Flutter is supported by many IDEs. You can develop your Flutter app in Android Studio, VS Code, and IntelliJ.
VS Code is lightweight and performs faster.
Day by day, the Flutter community is increasing, and more developers are collaborating and sharing their ideas on the forum. You can find developers’ contributions to the Flutter library. If you have any doubts or queries, you can share your questions on social media, or submit them in forums.
There are numerous reasons for why developers feel strongly that Flutter will definitely mobile apps. The many advantages of the platform represent the exciting time we’re living in and we’re excited to see how Flutter develops over the coming years as it is adopted by more and more developers. I hope this blog is informative and useful to you, thanks for reading!