On the technology front, my company believes and strives to be the ‘flag bearers of latest technologies’. We persistently try to adopt promising technologies and hence, serve our customers better. Over the last few years, the emergence of new cross-platform technologies has been happening at a rapid pace. After a lot of research and comparison, last year we zeroed in on React Native (RN) for its performance and are doing quite good with it.
But, the cross-platform war is not over yet. The most recent entrant in the space is Flutter. The very fact that it comes from Google, the custodians of Android, makes it an indispensable force.
Initially, as I heard about Flutter, what captivated my attention was its pedigree. I was comfortable with RN and took Flutter as just another cross-platform technology with cosmetic improvements over its predecessors. But as I started using it, I found it to be different and better. The more I delved into Flutter, the more interesting it seemed to me.
While we are talking about Flutter, it just hit 25k stars on GitHub! So, what makes Flutter so revolutionary?
The modern API with customizable features in Flutter is a dream come true. It is perfect for navigation needs and does its own rendering using Skia. For us, it means that the User Interface (UI) and navigation concepts only needs to be written once and then shared across multiple platforms. When it comes to widgets, Flutter has high customizable features and gives the widgets the native look and feel that users prefer.
Flutter is blazing fast! Yes, it takes 25 seconds for full compilation in Flutter. Furthermore, the hot reload option in Flutter allows incremental compilation. If there are changes required, you can correct those changes as the application is running and it will be reflected instantly. There won’t be any interruptions that disrupt the smooth functioning of applications.
Flutter stays true to the word of doing more with less code. Once the code is written in Flutter, almost 95% of it can be used over and again. Unlike other platforms, Flutter has its own widget library. Hence, we do not have to get into the nitty-gritties of implementation on iOS or Android.
Once the Flutter app is tested and quality assured on iOS, then it will function smoothly on Android as well. This means that the tests conducted on iOS will be valid for Android too. This significantly reduces the dedicated time spent on testing and quality assurance of Flutter applications.
Flutter is not just a marginally improved technology, instead, it is a total overhaul. It's fundamentally different from React native in many ways. React native is good but Flutter is not lagging behind. As seen in the previous section, it is an easily scalable framework with customizable features.
As we started using Flutter more, our development processes became faster and easier. This has gained us some major competitive advantages compared to using other technologies. Our clients have also approved of our choice to go with Flutter. Our dedicated mobile app development team understood the potential of this emerging technology and explored it skilfully for many leading projects. And the results? Happy customers. After the initial reservations, I can confidently say that the flutter bug has bitten me and my company for good.
Read more about our Flutter expertise and app development strategy here.