Created by Google, Flutter is a mobile app software development kit (SDK) for iOS and Android app development. Flutter applications are written using the Dart programming language (which is quite similar to Java). Flutter concluded its beta test in early December 2018 and it’s 1.0 version was released. Well-known companies have been using Flutter even when it was still in beta, such as Tencent, Groupon, and Alibaba.
Flutter allows developers to write one set of code for mobile applications and have them run on both Android and iOS platforms. Normally when developing an app, developers must write two sets of code for Android and iOS devices so it is easy to see why Flutter saves plenty of software development time.
Not only is Flutter an easier and faster way for developers to create mobile apps, it also comes with several other advantages. Flutter contains several beautiful widgets (interface components allowing the user to perform functions) built from its own framework. These are made with respect to the well-known Material design (from https://material.io/design/). Flutter also requires less code with its more modern language. Finally, Flutter includes a feature known as “Flutter Hot Reload”. This tool (similar to Android’s Hot Reload) allows users to immediately test out changes to their code without having to wait for the app to compile or losing the app’s state. Not only does this allow for much faster app development (since developers can make small changes and see the results in the app almost instantaneously), hot reload can be very helpful to fix crashes and debug where the app left off. Hot reload is also extremely useful when working with designers. Designers can make suggestions such as “change the colour of that screen” or “move that object two pixels to the right” and see the results instantaneously.
Companies adopting Flutter will also benefit from a lot of saved time and money spent on quality assurance testing. Since, Flutter apps run on two platforms with one set of code, it allows for half the time of QA testing. Tests only need to be written once by developers and QA analysts only need to test one app. Flutter is also an open-source project. This means it is open-collaboration and easily accessible, with a strong online community providing support if necessary (https://github.com/flutter/flutter).
The last advantage of Flutter is its ability to provide an excellent user-experience. Flutter apps operate smoothly and efficiently (for example, there is no screen glitching when scrolling).
Since the release of its 1.0 version, Flutter has become a popular choice for many companies (especially start-ups). Foremost among these is Neappoli Inc. Starting in 2019, Neappoli is redesigning its Android and iOS apps using Flutter. This will result in a sleeker, more attractive, user-friendly version of the app. With the help of Flutter, Neappoli will also be able to accomplish all this in an accelerated timeframe. Once Neappoli has finished revamping its app using Flutter, the company will be using the framework to embark on numerous exciting projects in the near future. Stay tuned for the next blog post which will contain more details!