Flutter is an open-source, cross-platform app development framework that was launched by Google in 2018 and is the new kid on the block. Like other app development frameworks, Flutter allows app developers to enjoy the ‘build once deploy anywhere’ benefit because they use the same code base whether they are creating apps for iOS or Android. But unlike other frameworks, Flutter doesn’t stop just at iOS and Android apps, and is a portable SDK that can be run in a larger variety of platforms. Flutter has a lightweight and super fast graphics library called Skia, which allows Flutter app developers to render all pixels on a mobile phone screen even when the app is in use. Unlike other app development frameworks, Flutter has no UI abstraction and allows Flutter app developers to scale any limitations that an OS version or platform might put forth.
Post its launch, Flutter has become one of the most talked about app development frameworks, and has become popular in the developer community for supporting the creation of beautiful, natively-compiled apps for web and mobile from a common code base.
How Flutter stands out among other app development frameworks,native or cross-platform?
Faster App Development
With Flutter’s hot reload feature, developers can see the impact of the changes they make in the code in real-time, i.e. directly in the app. Developers can inject the updated source code in the running Dart Virtual Machine (DVM). This makes it so much easier for them to experiment, build UIs, fix bugs, and introduce new features in the app and so on. Flutter uses customizable widgets to develop native interfaces really fast.
Maintains design standards
Flutter takes complete control of every pixel on the screen by using its widgets to ensure that each aspect of the app’s design on any particular OS meets quality, design and compliance standards and is updated. This is because Flutter has widgets for both iOS and Android and maintains design standards for both the OS and across all devices. Developers can even create their customized widgets where they can blend the rules and standards of IOS and Android.
Ready for Fuchsia OS
The Fuchsia OS from Google is a modular, compatibility-based OS which is expected to replace Chrome and Android, and is likely to be seen very soon on Google’s mobile devices. Fuchsia OS is written in Flutter and Flutter is the only SDK ready for the widespread launch of this new OS.
Single Code Benefits
Be it the front-end or the back-end of the mobile app, Flutter uses a single code written in Dart and a reactive framework. As stated earlier, Dart allows Flutter to write code that can run on multiple platforms.
Flutter comes with a huge inventory of visual, platform, structural, and interactive widgets – which use a modern framework similar to React – that not only enable fast mobile app development but also apps with stunning UIs.
Integrated animation library
Animations in apps have become very popular with users and is a great way to keep app users engaged. Flutter has an in-built animation library that developers can use for creating exciting animations that will make any app very popular. In addition to this, Flutter has 2D GPU-accelerated APIs with rich UI/UX that refine app animations and make them smoother and faster, and obviously more attractive. Surprisingly, this feature is so unique and useful that the difference in animations between a React Native app and a Flutter app are quite significant.
Flutter’s widgets gather the important platform differences such as scrolling, navigation, icons and fonts in order to enable a full native performance on both IOS and Android.
Calling Flutter Doctor- creating useful bug reports
This is not made up. Honest. Flutter Doctor is actually a Flutter command that identifies bugs or exceptions in an app and makes it easier for the developer to fix any issues.
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Effective Testing of Apps
Apps built using Flutter can be tested in a more efficient, thorough and faster manner due to the single code base. App developers, or the testing team, need to write automatic tests only once, shortening the time and effort required for quality assurance because they are actually testing one application.
To sum up, Flutter is a great App development framework allowing app developers to create beautiful, high-performance and stunning apps that are certain to give a competitive edge to any brand.