What is Flutter Technology how it differs from the other? Let’s find out

What is Flutter Technology how it differs from the other? Let’s find out

Flutter is an open source SDK for creating high-performance, high-fidelity mobile apps for iOS and Android. The Flutter framework makes it easy for you to build user interfaces that react smoothly in your app.

When creating Flutter apps, developers will be writing in Dart which is similar to Java, Swift, C#, and JavaScript. Using Dart will allow you to use similar syntax and amazing libraries. It has the standard iOS and Android toolchains so the app can run properly.

As per hybrid application development, there is no clear winner yet. Flutter app development seems to be a strong contestant in that race.

Google’s Flutter stable version has been released last year and has yet to achieve the mass adoption of Facebook's React Native. In a very short span of time Flutter has started getting a lot of traction from businesses, and if you take a better look you will notice that apps that have been made using Flutter are quite complex (e.g. Alibaba, Hamilton Music). It’s also worth noting that Flutter is among top 50 active software repositories and has 273 or more contributors on GitHub.

A trending rumor right now is that Flutter would allow building apps for Fuchsia, Google’s next mobile/desktop OS. So, if you get started with Flutter today, think of what all you could create if this rumor turns out to be true. Even if it doesn’t, you’d still be building quality mobile apps for both Android and iOS.

If you are a native Android/iOS app developer, a strong recommendation is to consider Flutter. There are 2 billion active Android devices and 1 billion active iOS devices in the world right now. For you, building for just one platform is resulting in a loss of potential revenue of 33.33% (building for Android only) or 66.66%.

There are other factors that go into understanding the transformative nature of the technology:

  • Learning curve

If the product is easy to learn, more people will pick it up for experimentation or self-study. Flutter’s language Dart may scare some people off but the feedback from engineers who tried it has been nothing but positive. It should be familiar to anyone who’s dealt with Java or C#. As for the Flutter platform itself, it’s supposed to be elementary even for people with minimal programming knowledge. Plus, Google is doing its best with great documentation, online lessons, and support groups.

  • Portability

So, for now, Flutter can create apps just for iOS and Android, but potentially it can work for any device with a screen. People have made Flutter apps for Windows, Mac OS, Linux, and even TV. Google will likely catch up and keep developing the product until it covers the widest application spectrum.

  • Performance

Developers are constantly concerned with app speed. Making users not delete your app if it lags or starts for too long is just impossible. The problem is that when developing a non-native app, you literally add another layer to your app. Reactive frameworks such as React Native have JavaScript as its layer and each passing through that layer takes time.

In result, Flutter successfully keeps any movement to 60fps and even matches native CPU usage in a simple Hello world app. There haven’t been many benchmarks made online, but this is one of the most marketed features about Flutter.

  • User interface

Native look and feel have been the bane of programmers’ existence forever. We have some great UI results from RN and Xamarin, too, and we love to praise those technologies for maximum code sharing, but Flutter has introduced something new to the table.

It provides widgets for the cleanest Android and iOS look - Material and Cupertino design packs. The ability for customization is also there, so you won’t feel obstructed with the provided widgets.


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