When it is about developing mobile apps, Android and iOS are the two best manifestos. For app development, both the platform need a different type of coding. Such conditions created issues for the companies, who are dealing into app development domain. That is why, cross-platform development came into existence.
Doing cross-platform mobile application development simply means that an app can run seamlessly on multiple platforms. While doing the app development, one-time programming is required, which can be easily supported by Windows, Android, and iOS. The reason behind increasing the popularity of the cross-platform app development is its unique features and tools. The developers found them applicable for their use. Some of the most common examples of tools facilitate through cross-platform development are React Native, Xamarin, PhoneGap, etc. All of these tools have their own advantages and disadvantages.
Due to the regular improvement in the technological trends, Flutter launched. It was introduced by Google in 2018. After the Flutter acquainted for the public use, it has been appreciated by a lot of developers. Now, it is time to get an in-depth understanding of Flutter, and about its future.
Definition of Flutter:
Flutter is basically defined as the software development pack especially launched by Google that makes use of the Dart language for the programming purpose. Flutter was introduced to fulfill the missing features found in the initial cross-platform tools. Applications that have been made using Flutter shows compatibility with multiple platforms. The developers prefer using Flutter, which means that there are certain qualities in it that make it completely unique. For the successful launching of the Flutter tool, Google developers have really worked hard.
Have a look at certain things on which they worked on:
- Bug Fixing.
- Better documentation.
- Assistance for the development on the Windows.
- Examine the important part of the search engine for enhancing the performance.
- Provided assistance for the ads, charts, and inline videos.
- Supported the Firebase APIs.
- Makes it possible to use Flutter by all developers.
Reasons behind selecting Flutter over other cross-platform frameworks:
Flutter is capable of speeding up the app development process. It is capable of decreasing the overall cost and helps in building an app with attractive interface and animation effects. Let’s have a look at some important reasons for selecting Flutter:
Negligible compatibility issues
While using Flutter, you will not have to face any compatibility related problems as it is adaptable to different platforms. Time that needs to be spent on testing and debugging can be minimized.
Smooth app development
Due to the “hot reload” quality of Flutter, it can be tested simply. It makes possible for a developer to make a user-friendly interface and resolve the errors smartly. The additional time required to spend on the emulators, hardware, and simulators can be minimized easily because of the sub-second reload time.
One-time code generation
The most important and positive aspect of using a framework like Flutter is that a developer needs to write the code only once. After that, the same code is applicable to use on both Android and iOS device. Flutter contains its own designs and widgets. This declares that you can use the same application for two separate manifestos.
The performance will not be compromised
Progressive responsive system
An excellent responsive system of the Flutter can be used for the formation of the user interfaces. You can find many widgets with a fast and customized feature in Flutter. The difficult APIs can be created easily with it. Adding animation and gestures related to the user interface is a simple job for the framework.
Flexibility to create a new widget
By using your own innovative skills, you can create a widget of your own from the existing one. The widget library is full of alternatives that can be customized easily for the development of responsive and appealing portable apps.
The overall estimated cost of Flutter Mobile App development:
It takes almost half of the time to create an app using a platform like Flutter as compared to those applications that have been made especially for the Android or the iOS operating software. Normally, the cost of app development depends on the hours it takes for development. It has been found that there is a need to spend at least two hundred and fifty hours to develop an app based on Flutter. Whenever you use other platforms apart from Flutter for developing the same app, you will have to spend more than three hundred fifty hours to create the same app for iOS and two hundred fifty hours for the Android device. Developing an app using Flutter framework saves both time and money. In case, you are emphasizing on reducing the cost of app development, Flutter is the best choice for you.
While doing the separate app development for both iOS and Android, either the productivity or the quality get compromised. But after the introduction of Flutter by Google, cross-platform app development has become possible.
Flutter has been launched just a year ago in the application development domain and got successful. There is huge potential in Flutter and if it would be capable of removing the gap between the quality and productivity completely then definitely it is going to dominate the app industry. It is still in the phase of development phase but there is not any risk at all as Google will soon come with its stable version. Therefore, it can be said clearly that Flutter is an advanced solution for the cross-platform application development
Tom Hardy is an App development expert at Sparx IT Solutions, having exposure to working on a number of frameworks. He helps software companies in developing customized and smart applications. Through his write-up, he wants to give an in-depth understanding of the businesses looking for innovative app solutions.