It doesn’t come as much of a surprise that the cross-platform app market reached $7.5 billion in 2018 — after all, cross-platform development promises reduced costs and easy, fast development. Cross-platform development is an easy choice, but determining which framework to use might seem overwhelming. PhoneGap or Ionic? Xamarin or React Native? Try Google’s Flutter, which has quickly become the framework of choice for developers.
What is Flutter?
Flutter is an open-source mobile application software development kit (SDK) for building high-quality native interfaces on iOS and Android.
What is inside the Flutter SDK?
- Heavily optimized, mobile-first 2D rendering engine with excellent support for text
- Modern react-style framework
- Rich set of widgets for Android and iOS
- APIs for unit and integration tests
- Interop and plugin APIs to connect to the system and 3rd-party SDKs
- Headless test runner for running tests on Windows, Linux, and Mac
- Command-line tools for creating, building, testing, and compiling your apps
- One Codebase, Multiple Platforms & Operating Systems
Flutter builds apps for mobile, web, and desktop — all from a single codebase. You can compile and deploy your Flutter app to iOS and Android, and Flutter supports development on Linux, Mac, and Windows.
- Faster App Development—and Design
Flutter offers stateful hot reload, allowing developers to make changes to the code and see the results instantly, without having to restart the app. Flutter is powered by the same hardware-accelerated Skia 2D graphics library that runs Chrome and Android. For designers, Flutter helps deliver the original design vision, without loss of fidelity or compromises. It also acts as a productive prototyping tool.
- Organized & Comprehensible
- Widgets, Layouts, and Themes
Flutter is different than most other frameworks apps because Flutter uses neither WebView nor the OEM widgets that ship with the devices. Instead, Flutter uses its own high-performance rendering engine to draw widgets.
Since Flutter apps only have one codebase, they look and behave similarly across iOS and Android — but thanks to Material Design and Cupertino widgets, they can also imitate the platform design itself. Material Design implements Google’s design language of the same name, and Cupertino widgets imitate Apple’s iOS design.
Flutter is designed to make it easy to create your own widgets or customize the existing widgets.
- Speed AND Quality
In the past, one had to choose between the speed of a cross-platform app’s development and the quality of a native app’s user experience. What further distinguishes Flutter is that it preserves the user experience of a native app, while still providing the speed for which cross-platform development is known.
If you’re interested in Flutter or have any app development needs, check out some of the most cutting-edge developments on Flutter.