An open source app development gear, Flutter was created by Google. Using Flutter, website developers today build high-quality natively compiled apps for both Android and iOS platforms.
Flutter users do not need to go through the process of writing separate codes for two applications meant for devices with separate operating systems. By working for two popular platforms using a single codebase, Flutter simplifies cross-platform app development.
Traditionally, building apps has been an expensive and time-consuming exercise with Objective C/ Swift and Java/ Kotlin as primary languages. With these languages, web developers have to build every app for different operating systems and platforms separately. Flutter simplified this - the work became simpler, smarter and quicker while also giving better outcomes.
While it came to the forefront 2018, Flutter has recently become quite popular. It has also earned more success in comparison to its competitors such as Phonegap, React Native, and Xamarin among others.
As per a report published on Google Trends, when compared to its closest competitor React Native, the preference for Flutter has grown considerably between December 2020 and November 2021.
The top advantages of Flutter over React Native and other UI toolkits are:
A single codebase - Flutter has been designed to support both iOS and Android mobile platforms. And with its ability to render everything on its own, it allows developers run everything off a single codebase. This saves a lot of time and helps to develop more applications.
Ability to build striking interfaces quickly – The UI in Flutter incorporates widgets that are small UI building blocks assembled via Composition technique. The entire process is comparable to using React elements. With Flutter, developers get 2 widget sets accessible out of the box - Material Design, which works readily with design guidelines mentioned by Google, and Cupertino that is in line with Apple's Human Interface Guidelines for iOS.
Pixel rendering – Flutter has the ability to manage each pixel on the screen which in turn ensures that all widgets will appear and feel similar across devices – including older versions of iPhones and Android phones. With this feature, it eliminates developers’ device support worries. You can craft attractive apps and software that seem uniform across both iOS and Android devices with just one codebase.
Hot reload for quicker development – This is a key advantage with Flutter. With hot reload attribute it gives the freedom to make modifications on-the-go. You can even see these changes as the application develops. It makes your job as a developer easier and accelerates the entire app development process.
Cross-platform app development – As mentioned earlier, the Flutter SDK being a tool for multiple platforms enables developers to build apps for desktop, mobile and even cloud with just one codebase. It helps you generate striking, intuitive user interfaces with widgets, layers and interactive assets.
In any software development process, building a minimum viable product (MVP) is a critical phase before the developers finalize the product as a fully built application. This approach is a standard practice in business operations due to several advantages:
Flutter is a valuable tool for MVP because it does not force the developers to use separate codebases for different platforms. And its hot reload aspect makes it easy to add new features and fix errors through a mature debugging procedure.
Such qualities make Flutter a truly practical mobile framework when developers are considering alternative technologies to make the right choice for MVP development.
Lastly, because Flutter is an open- source tool, it has already built a dynamic community of developers who have followed it religiously. These talented developers constantly publish practical examples of codes, and support others in making new, exciting and inventive cross- platform apps.
With so many helpful features loaded onto Flutter, it is no surprise that the technology has already been used by so many known brands including Airbnb, Uber, eBay, and Alibaba among others.
Luminary Software frequently uses Flutter to develop a variety of apps for its clients. And we believe that it is the future of mobile and cloud application development. Feel free to consult our team to know more about the technology and to hire professionals for your next Flutter based app. We will develop applications for service bookings, productivity evaluation, healthcare, social media, entertainment, or any other solution offered by your business.
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