How to create apps with one developer for multiple platforms – 11 reasons to use Flutter.
Flutter is an open-source UI development software kit created by Google and based on Dart. When released, it revolutionized the development industry. Since then, you don’t need a different developer for ios, android, web, etc. Now you can develop all of the platforms at once!
Thanks to this open-source tool, you can hugely accelerate creating your app and cut the cost of developing and maintaining it!
There are many pros of using Flutter, but we will discuss only those that we consider the most important. Let’s move on to them.
Why should you use Flutter?
1. It has one CodeBase, so when you create one code, you compile multiple platforms.
Flutter enables you to build applications for multiple platforms: Android, iOS, Web, and desktop (Windows, Linux, macOS). One team works on a universal code for each platform, which highly increases the effectiveness of work and helps you keep the app consistent between different platforms.
For example, when you code how a specific part of the website looks, it is easier to keep it similar for Android, iOS, and the web. Thanks to that, you can cut the costs of development and maintenance and accelerate it!
2. Flutter is developer-friendly.
Reporting improvements or new functionalities are implemented in all versions at once, which helps you respond to the customer needs and actual trends quickly.
3. Flutter has a rich collection of libraries that are ready to use in a project.
Flutter’s community is developing fast. Thanks to that, access to materials accelerating works is quickly expanding. You can check it, for example here.
4. You have control of any pixel in the application.
Flutter uses the Sky graphic engine to render the applications instead of using native system components. Using Sky for rendering apps enables you to create your own components and moving them in any place on the screen. It gives you an excellent opportunity to create beautiful interfaces and animations!
5. It’s is reactive.
It means that users’ interface is being changed only when the data shown on the screen changes. It lets the device save the memory, processor and use less energy.
6. Flutter makes apps more efficient.
The speed of reaction of the apps built-in Flutter for different actions is really high. Flutter itself has a general opinion of being efficient and fast. Our experience only confirms that data.
7. Complex applications.
Flutter as a framework from the beginning was aimed for efficiency, which helped it to be so suitable for complex applications. An example of popular apps built in Flutter are:
- Alibaba Group ecommerce Xianyu app
- eBay Motors
- The New York Times
- Birch Finance
- SpaceX Go
- Google Pay (yes, this one as well)
8. The popularity of the Dart language, used in Flutter’s framework.
At the moment, Dart ranks as high as 13 on the list of the most popular languages on GitHub (https://madnight.github.io/githut/#/pull_requests/2020/3). It’s more popular than Kotlin or Swift. In 2018 it was only in 25th position, which shows how fast it is growing popularity amongst developers. Its popularity has led it to beat languages based on native solutions.
9. Flutter and Dart are Google products.
The fact that such a big technology company stands behind Flutter may be optimistic for us. Thought through solutions have an impact on the popularity of this technology.
Flutter is often updated, so we can expect introducing many new functionalities. For example, in the beginning, it worked only for iOS, Android and Web, but after the release of Flutter 2.0 in March 2021, Flutter works as well with desktop apps (Windows, Linux, macOS).
11. Hot reloads
When you update or debug an app build in Flutter, it uses Just in Time compilation, which allows for hot reloads. But what does it mean?
It means that when you introduce a new code it will immediately be implemented in the running app and won’t require restarting it for users or risk losing data by them.
As you can see, Flutter brings many opportunities to everyone to create new, better apps or migrating the old ones to Flutter.
Many things may encourage you to start using Flutter. Unfortunately, since it’s a pretty new framework, there still not so many specialists that work in it.
Fortunately, we do, so if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask us about its possibilities.
If you want to read more about open-source and its possibilities, read our blog post.