Less than a year since its inception, Flutter, Google’s open source mobile application development SDK, may not be that famous among the general public. But, inside the developers world this mobile app SDK has been creating waves quietly.
What is the Flutter anyway?
It is a mobile app SDK, which allows developers to build high-quality native apps for both iOS and Android in fastest time. The SDK can work in the existing code, and is free.
Here’s what the Flutter Beta has in store for developers.
Developers around the world are leveraging on the power of this new UI framework from Google. Even for the best android app developers, the all new Flutter comes across as powerful tool in building beautiful native apps. Flutter is designed to help both new and experienced Android and iOS mobile app developers.
Flutter comes with an exciting stack of benefits.
With Flutter, high-velocity development is just as easy with features such as integrating tooling, reactive framework, and Hot Reload.
The hot reload feature of Flutter enables developers build UI, add features, and fix bugs faster and with ease. Now, developers can experience sub-second reload times without losing time on simulators, emulators, or hardware for Android and iOS. It gives users a rich set of fully customizable widgets to help developers build powerful and beautiful native interfaces in a record time.
Flutter not just enable developers to build flexible UIs, but expressive ones too. The layered architecture allows developers to do full customization, resulting in super-fast rendering, producing outputs that are flexible and expressive.
Developers can impress users with Flutter’s rich, beautiful Material Design and Cupertino (iOS-flavor) widgets, smooth natural scrolling, rich motion APIs, and platform awareness.
Modern (reactive) Framework
With Flutter in the fold, UI challenges may no longer be as tough as it used to be. With its modern reactive framework and rich set of layout, platform and foundation widgets, Flutter enable developers to compose UI quickly and easily. It also offers flexible APIs for 2D, animation, effects, gestures and more.
Developers can unleash excellent, full native performance on both Android and iOS through vital platform differences such as navigation, scrolling, icons and fonts. You can reuse existing Swift, Java, ObjC code, and access native features on both Android and iOS.
Developers can now deliver high-quality experiences across various devices and platforms using the portable renderer (GPU accelerated) and high-performance native ARM code runtime. Some of the apps built using Flutter.
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There’s much more to Flutter
The Flutter’s beta version also works with Dart 2 (optimized for client-side development). And Flutter, with its thriving ecosystem, works with over thousand packages (like Firebase, Facebook Connect, GraphicQL, SQLite and many more).
After launching the alpha version, the Flutter team have added several support, for example, its support for the iPhone X, the accessibility features, localization, right-to-left text support, and the ability to run Flutter code in the background.
Where Flutter scores high with developers is through its Hot Reload feature, where developers can make changes to their source code, and within seconds they can see the changes reflecting on the app in the phone. This process makes development process super easy and fast, at the same time reducing the need for prototyping tools.
Technology behind Flutter
Flutter is built with C, C++, Skia, and Dart.
Ideal Language and Graphics
Seth Ladd, Google’s Product Manager (Flutter), says that Dart would just be the right language for Flutter. Though inspired by React, he points out that, unlike React Native, Flutter uses its own GPU-accelerated graphics and rendering engine, and not a web view. Which means that by using its own graphics engine, Flutter lets end-users experience the exact design and pixels just as the designers have envisioned and created.
Flutter: What lies ahead?
With the Beta version just being rolled out, the makers of the Flutter are in high hopes of making it app developers’ dream tool in the future.
Here are some of the features in pipeline.
1. Inline maps feature
2. Better routing and navigation through improved APIs
3. A smaller yet efficient core engine
4. Additional support for Google’s Firebase
5. Facility to embed Flutter screens into existing applications