Today every business is going mobile due to the “mobile-first” approach. On the same note, every business needs to take an efficient decision with regard to their choice of mobile technology. In this constantly advancing and consistently experimenting world of technology, staying updated is the key.
So here is the technology that will help your business app make your digital presence felt in 2019.
Google has made Cross-platform mobile app development to “Flutter” in excitement.
Yes, you have heard it right. Flutter was unveiled for the first time at the Mobile World Congress in the year 2017. Ever since then it has changed the perspective of the world towards native app development.
Flutter is an open source UI framework. Developed by Google, it lets mobile app developers build native apps on Android as well as on iOS.
Holding high experience in making things simpler, Flutter is made to use a single codebase to develop an app or an interface on multiple platforms.
This makes Flutter very fast and quick to build apps. It provides platform-specific features like scrolling, navigational patterns and even fonts which give the app a completely original look and natural feel.
It doesn’t utilize OEM widgets or DOM WebViews rather has its own widgets that support rapid development.
So if you have a project for a new app on your mind, you would be constantly evaluating the latest technologies that help create a stunning digital experience. Flutter being the newest and quite convincing needs your attention too.
Here are some of the pros of Google’s Programming Language “Flutter”
1. Hot Reload
Quite a useful tool used while building mobile apps called “gradle” actually disrupts fast development cycles. What differentiates Flutter from other mobile programming languages is the fact that it doesn’t need Gradle build multiple times.
Invoking Gradle build once at the time Flutter running an app for the first time does not require it again to completely restart the app. Beating the native load times by giant strides, Flutter’s Hot Reload is a revolutionary feature for the developers to make small changes.
With Hot Reload changes made in the application are visible to the developers almost immediately. Making the process of initiating minute changes in an app super easy and quick. Hot Reload helps to bridge the gap between developers and designers and help them collaborate better thereby further improving the rate at which your app is developed.
2. Uses Dart as Programming Language
Google had developed a programming language called Dart which is used for writing mobile applications code for Flutter. Supporting both the concepts of just-in-time and ahead-of-time, Dart is an object-oriented language which contributes to the efficiency and effectiveness of app development flow.
Like other languages, Dart includes features like async-await, generics, strong typing and a rich library supporting effective development. Dart uses “generational garbage collection” which helps in creating frames for short-lived objects. It also helps to allocate the objects with a single pointer bump to avoid UI jank and stutter
With its exceptional “tree shaking” compiler, it records only the code which is required for your app. Developers have a huge library to choose and use widgets from.
Dart code allows Flutter apps to be shared across the web as well as mobile platforms.
3. Customizable Set of Widgets
Flutter has been built with rich and customizable sets of widgets for Android, iOS and Material Design. The collaboration between Flutter and Google’s material Design has rendered an opportunity to easily create powerful UI experiences.
As widgets are a part of an app now, developers can also add new widgets and even customize the existing ones. This can help in creating smooth, crisp and refined app experience as are available with native apps.
This feature of customization of widgets would allow you to get an app which matches your Brand or create a completely different look or feel. So Flutter gives you complete liberty to access its extensive widget catalog, build widget sets and lets you create a feel of native widgets and delight your users.
App developers have an additional advantage of using same customizability and adjust them as per the requirements of the mobile app.
4. Native Themes for iOS and Android
When you get an app developed for Android and iOS for your business, they are usually developed with an intention to have a difference in the look. These differences are due to colors used, dimensions and even the styles of widgets used while building the app.
Flutter too avails this feature to you to create an app with the same code for Android and iOS but with different themes. Choosing a different color and setting different elevation for AppBar for Android and iOS, you can get many things done to set your app on Android look different from that on iOS.
5. Innumerable packages and extensive Community
Inspite of the fact that Flutter is still in its adolescence (alpha version), it has been supported by an extensive and rich developer ecosystem.
Flutter has been loaded with a great support of innumerable packages (similar to Gradle dependencies in Android) and plugins. It has a plethora of packages and plugins already available to the developers for almost everything. From opening images to making HTTP requests, sharing content, implementing Firebase, accessing sensors and much more, you can find a package for almost everything.
To add a package or a plugin, including a dependency on the root directory of the application will help. Running Flutter packages get either from the command line or from the IDE and all the required dependencies can be brought by Flutter’s tooling.
Flutter was introduced by Google to bridge the gap between iOS and Android App development. Being launched as a powerful cross-platform development tool, Flutter has gained quite high popularity amongst the developers as it is “code-once-run-everywhere” UI framework.
Flutter has some of the excellent and exquisite features like Hot Reload, rapid app development, open-source and a very supportive community. It delivers a highly attractive value proposition for all types of business setups like start-ups, mid-size corporates, and even enterprises.
This newcomer has a very bright future and high probability of winning hearts of developers as well as online business owners.
Quicker development with lesser cost, amazing UI and cross-platform app development, what else can you expect? Moreover, with a highly influential clientele like Alibaba, Google Ads, and AppTree, it has already got a grand acceptance.
Do you want your next mobile app to be developed in Flutter? For any queries, please feel free to contact us.
Untill then stay updated and optimized.