An open-source software development kit called Flutter makes it simple and quick to create cross-platform mobile apps. Without having to develop the code for the iOS and Android applications individually, you can easily create high-quality natively generated apps for both platforms. One codebase will do for both systems.
You'll find the material in this article beneficial whether you're a, CEO Founder, CTO, a TechLead, or hold any other role that necessitates making wise IT decisions for your business. You'll discover how Flutter differs from competing cross-platform solutions and what these differences mean for developers using the framework and the applications they create.
Examining the basis for why Flutter is a top choice for multi-platform development.
Flutter is Google's most recent multi platform development framework, which was released in May 2017. Flutter is gaining popularity among developers as an open-source framework with loads of beautiful features.
Building diverse applications with Flutter is a smooth and supportive experience, as evidenced by reviews of the detailed and constantly up-to-date documentation on flutter.dev
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The Flutter team has a reliable community forum, making the Flutter framework one of the most loved frameworks in the software engineering world.
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While there are other frameworks available on the market, this post will explain why Flutter is the framework of the future for multi-platform development. And also why apps built with Flutter have so many advantages.
Flutter for iOS and Android applications:
According to Igor Borges, a software engineer at Nubank, Latin America's largest fintech bank with over 48 million customers: “Flutter had everything we needed right out of the box: good documentation on how to integrate our app, a hot reload that works, support from the community, and tooling."
To create top-notch mobile applications for iOS and Android, Nubank selected the Flutter framework. The fact that Flutter is a company that has faith in the ability of its framework to scale without sacrificing quality allows it to onboard engineers and contribute to swift development.
Noe Branagan, Engineering Manager at Nubank, also had some words about Flutter Integration. He claims: “Having Flutter as our main technology has significantly reduced the barrier, allowing new engineers to be able to contribute to our app within days after being onboarded.”
With the framework aimed at reducing the workload on software engineers as well as bridging the gap for onboarding, Flutter prides itself on providing these functions for various businesses.
Google Pay, with over 100 million users worldwide, also uses Flutter as its framework of choice. The Google Pay team found themselves endlessly patching holes for both Android and iOS operating systems and had to migrate their codebases to Flutter as the product grew, to enable them to do more with less.
Flutter for web apps and desktop apps (macOS, Windows, and Linux):
Since Flutter code is the same across all platforms, a mobile engineer could easily work on a Flutter web project without additional training.
Flutter for embedded applications:
The framework is built with C, C++, Dart, and Skia, which is a high-performing 2D rendering engine. This solid foundation enables Flutter applications to run at 60fps. Flutter apps launch incredibly quickly because they are natively executed and do not require interpreters.
This framework can be used to build applications for elevators, fridges, smart kiosks, and even vehicles like Toyota.
The engineering team at Toyota makes use of Flutter to build infotainment systems for future Toyota vehicles because of its high-performing rendering engine and AOT compilations.
Toyota hopes to build infotainment systems that feel premium, like traditional mobile apps, as people are already used to the way mobile operating systems work.
Flutters' developer experience:
The Flutter community is one of a kind, with engineers from across the world ready to lend a hand and also contribute to open-source Flutter projects.
The framework is open-source and the Flutter team deals with updates, fixes to critical issues, and consistent communication with the community at large.
The Flutter team at Google has a Discord and Slack channel that’s shared with the community to discuss and ask questions. They host developer conferences and talks regularly, as well as hackathons.
The team has a YouTube channel where they post weekly videos like “Flutter widget of the week” or “Flutter package of the week” and also host live coding sessions.
The information in this article should be enough to get you wanting to start with Flutter. It has proven to be a fantastic framework for mobile development, as well as dependable for web/desktop platforms and incredibly quick for embedded systems.
At Fetchly Labs, we have built SDKs for Flutter to integrate into larger systems that serve millions of users.
The framework comes with loads of prebuilt widgets, saving developers time to focus on the things that matter the most.
*This is not the official Fetchly opinion but the opinion of the writer who is employed by Fetchly*