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What makes Flutter Ideal for Mobile App Development in 2020

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Flutter's release came a few years ago but Google has come a long way since this amazing cross-platform app development toolkit took place. This powerful and feature-rich mobile UI framework helps develop Android and iOS apps with a single codebase, making it an intelligent choice for companies that want to invest in mobile apps

Businesses and developers have realized more than anything else that Flutter apps are here to stay. Before moving forward in the coming time with the impact of the framework, there are a couple of questions that need to be answered so you can understand its relevance. Here are a few things you need to remember.

What is flutter

Flutter is the open-source platform that Google provides for the use of a single codebase to build native Android and iOS applications. Rather than being a module, it's a full SDK (software development kit) that includes everything you need for mobile app creation across platforms. It includes engine rendering, command-line tools, ready-made widgets, and APIs for testing and integration.

In essence, Flutter follows a reactive architecture of creation, where the contents of the UI are automatically modified when the variables are changed. This concept is also adopted by React Native, but it requires a JavaScript bridge to control OEM widgets. This can cause performance problems, which Flutter absolutely removes by omitting this bridge altogether and interacting with the app.

This language is object-oriented and can be used to compile into native code without the need for additional bridges. With this, the start-up time of the app is substantially speeding up.

Features of flutter

  • The core framework is extremely flexible as it provides a library of scalable widgets that developers can use. Additionally, it extends complete support with engaging and exclusive themes to develop tailored app interfaces.
  • A further outstanding feature of Flutter is Hot Reload. "The powerful tool lets you access a wide range of widgets and also allows you to work in a dynamic interface.
  • With this framework, the developers can integrate Flutter into the WebView feature in their mobile app. Visualizing web content within the app is simpler and simplifies the navigation of the app as well.
  • It helps app developers to build Android and iOS applications with a single codebase for both major platforms.
  • A command called the Flutter Doctor allows us to quickly identify bugs or crashes in the app, so developers can rectify them as soon as possible.
  • With this SDK, the localization of apps is also made possible. Therefore a Flutter mobile app can reach a wider audience base locally and globally.

Benefits of using flutter for app development

Faster apps

The SDK-based apps excel in performance. They work with incredible speed and seamlessness, without hanging during scrolling and cutting.

Impressive designs

As part of the design and development process, Flutter is designed to ease the process of making your own widgets or customizing the current widgets. While developers with less effort will come up with the most excellent app designs.

Great for MVP

Whether you are a start-up that needs an MVP (Limited Viable Product) or just needs one to show it to prospective investors, you can trust Flutter as a framework. This follows the MVP strategy which requires minimal cost and limited time to create an app.

Less testing

With two platforms using the same app, testing becomes faster and less tedious. This is because developers only have to write automatic tests once because there is only one codebase. The time to market is going down automatically as testing gets faster.

Same UI for older devices

Flutter is able to run on the latest versions of Android and iOS systems (respectively Android Jelly Bean and iOS so newer). At the same time, even in older versions, the software would look the same, and you don't have to incur additional costs to support older apps.

What can you expect from the flutter

As Google announced the launch of its new stable version, Flutter 1.7 in May 2019, Flutter's use became commonplace. The ever-increasing rate of Framework adoption is the result of the amazing features and benefits it offers. In addition, the Community's ongoing efforts to refine the system will continue in 2020 and beyond

It has no drawbacks such as mobile platforms, and it also supports native codebase integration. Without a doubt, the future looks bright in the New Year and ahead for the SDK.

How will Flutter perform in 2020?

Flutter for desktop apps

Likewise, the Flutter community is also looking beyond mobile apps into the potential of this SDK. In fact, work is ongoing to make desktop compatible Flutter applications too. In the coming time, this will allow developers to create Linux, Windows, and macOS applications.

Flutter for web apps

The Flutter community is working towards a "Hummingbird" project If things pan out as expected, a single codebase for the development of iOS and Android apps will be available, but that will also suffice a business' web app development needs. After Hummingbird's first technical preview was announced, Flutter and the mobile app gained considerable attention from web developers.

Flutter for embedded

The progress aligned for the 2020 and beyond Framework relates to embedded application applications. You can expect to see the future incorporation of advanced IoT technology into the Flutter platform.

Conclusion

It becomes clear that the Flutter framework is much on the horizon and its popularity is all set to reach a peak in the coming year. Flutter requires less effort, less time and less investment in the development of apps. If you're planning to hire mobile app developers to create a new solution for your business, it definitely makes sense to look for those who excel in Flutter.





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