In the digital era, businesses have to make critical choices in their selection of technologies to build mobile apps. Businesses have to constantly evaluate technologies to offer powerful digital experience on all operating systems and mobile devices. Enterprises that fail to offer products or services that are easy to use, regardless of device or channel, risk falling behind in the technology-driven world.
In some cases, the cross-platform app development can be problematic. Despite a developer’s best efforts, in many cases, the user experience holds behind the actual native application. In the past few years, we have seen the rise of several mobile frameworks such as AngularJS, React Native and Xamarin which help to produce these digital experiences in the easiest way. And recently in December 2018, a new player enters the game and its Google’s Flutter.
Being Google’s product, it comes with some added features. With Google’s various technologies and concepts, this proves to be an improbably powerful mobile framework. Based on Google’s in-house programming language, Flutter can access the Skia graphics library, which is also used by Chrome. Let’s see some reasons why Android and iOS app development company should consider Flutter as their development environment:
Overcomes the Limitations of Cross-Platform Approaches
Improves Developer’s Productivity with Hot Reload
The Flutter’s hot reload feature allows developers to track changes they make in less than a second and change the app structure within ten seconds. You can see the modifications as soon as you save it, which eliminate the need to run another Gradle build. With the elimination of the Gradle rebuild, app development time is reduced by 30% to 40% as the Gradle rebuild takes a long time with every modification being applied.
Single Code for Frontend and Backend
Unlike in android mobile app development process, where there are two separate files for front and backend, Flutter uses Dart, which does both frontend and backend in one code and uses a reactive framework. Dart comes with many popular languages without losing the familiarity of Java and other similar languages. It was built considering developer in mind and thus it eases a lot of common tasks easier for developers.
Flutter’s Material design specification facilitates developers to create powerful UI experiences with ease. It helps to generate a crisp, smooth experience which you typically see with native applications. Flutter comes with widgets which implement the Human Interface Design specifications for the iOS operating system, allowing you to experience the native feel on iPad and iPhone as well. Developers can wrap one Widget inside another to get expected results and to make sure users have excellent experience irrespective of the platform they’re using.
Separate Themes for iOS and Android
Flutter facilitates to assign the proper theme for different platforms using a ternary to identify which platform the user using; facilitating UI to make on-time decisions on which UI theme to use.
Extensive Catalog of Open Source Packages
Flutter has a large set of open source packages which eases a process of Android and iPhone app development and makes it simple to complete complicated tasks. Though it is relatively new in the industry, the library is increasing by bounds and leaps every day.
Works on the Web and Desktop
The Flutter includes a prototype which makes apps work on a web browser. With the help of Flutter widgets and prototypes, developers will be able to use the single code for creating apps for mobile, web and desktop with ease.
By using Flutter, you can create and release an app on multiple platforms. With its latest and unique features, Flutter will be the ultimate choice for businesses with limited budget and time to get their product in the market.