How Flutter by Google will Transform Cross-Platform Mobile App Development?
We all know that there isn’t one way to develop an app!
Coming from the house of Google, Flutter is a free and open source mobile UI framework for crafting high-quality native interfaces on iOS and Android.
Traditionally, development companies built mobile apps for iOS and Android in completely different environments with completely different development teams. With the release of cross-platform frameworks such as Xamarin, PhoneGap and React Native, the market trends shifted, and building cross-platform apps became much easier, but the essence of making it feel more native was still missing.
To resolve this situation and compete with Facebook’s React Native, Google released Flutter. Flutter speeds up development of mobile apps and reduces the cost and complexity of app production across iOS and Android.
Using Flutter, developers can build apps with a single code-base written in Dart, and Flutter then compiles it down into native ARM code. And since apps that are built using Flutter are native, these apps can use the device to its full potential.
Benefits of Flutter Framework to Mobile App Developers:
#Easy to Learn –
Flutter is built using Dart, Google’s own programming language released in 2011. While Dart’s adoption at Google has been extensive with Google Fibre and Adwords teams, using it to write their customer facing web apps, externally its adoption has been a bit slow. However, this is likely to change soon with Flutter.
#Reduces Development Time –
Uptil now, Android app developers as well as iOS app developers had to push each set of changes on a device to test them, which really added a lot to the total development time. But with Flutter’s new “Hot Reload” feature, developers will be able to see the results of the changes in fraction of seconds, eliminating the waiting time to deploy and test an app on a device.
Well, the Hot Reload works by injecting the updated source code files into the running Dart Virtual Machine. And once the Dart Virtual Machine updates classes with the new versions of functions & fields, the Flutter framework automatically rebuilds the widget tree, allowing developers to quickly the view the results of changes.
In a nutshell, Flutter’s hot reload will multiply the productivity, cut down cost, and reduce development time.
#Widgets for Everything! –
If you know the basics of mobile application development, then you might be familiar with Widgets – they’re critical for app’s view and interface. Furthermore, they need to look interactive and natural, despite the different screen sizes. In addition, they also must be customizable, extensible, and should be able to perform fast.
Flutter makes it all these possible with its own widgets. That’s right! Flutter’s widgets incorporate all critical platform differences such as scrolling, navigation, icons and fonts to provide full native performance on both iOS and Android. Dig deeper, and you’ll find that each widget is made of smaller widgets. Those widgets are further bifurcated into smaller widgets. Programming with widgets in Flutter would ultimately boost productivity.
Unified App Development –
When developing a mobile application, native development usually costs more for both, coding as well as ongoing support. Plus, you’ll spend that amount of money twice, considering the fact that sooner or later, you will be targeting both Android & iOS platform.
We all know that the process is tedious, time-consuming, and extremely costly. But with Flutter, you’ll be building ‘a mobile app’, and not an Android app or iOS app, which means you build just once, and use the single codebase for both platforms. Voila!
With Flutter, you’ll be building ‘a mobile app’, and not an Android or iOS app.
This way, your mobile app development team will only have to write the UI and navigation just once, and simply share it across Android and iOS.
In simple terms, it offers a great opportunity to ‘write once and deploy everywhere’.
Bottom Line is…
While Flutter is way too newly launched to drive assumptions, it does look promising.Plus, it is certainly reliable since it’s a product from Google. In fact, we believe that Flutter is a significant advent in the current market of mobile app development, where mobile applications are scaling the business graphs up.
Besides, designing with Flutter can be a refreshing experience too, and it’s a win-win for designers as it can act as a prototyping tool as well. Flutter gives room for creativity to the designers on one hand, and significant control to the developers on the other, as working in Dart, they can easily approach, read, change, replace, or remove. Also, Flutter makes beautiful app UIs come to life. Go, make your users happy!