Accelerated Mobile App Development Using Flutter
Posted By : Anirudh Bhardwaj | 09-Mar-2021
Mobile applications have become ubiquitous in every industry and every sphere of life. Evidently, the demand for mobile apps has grown substantially, making it essential for small-to-medium enterprises to invest in mobile application development. A majority of enterprises that were previously relying on websites and traditional marketing practices have recently invested in mobile app development services.
Developing a mobile app is beneficial for many reasons. Not only does it give you the opportunity to reach your target audience, but also strengthens your brand’s online presence. Above all, an enterprise-grade mobile application lets you edge ahead of your competitors and generate new revenue streams. That being said, cross-platform mobile app development is a great way for startups or SMEs to build an app that supports multiple platforms. However, the major challenge is ‘difficulty in choosing the right instrument for cross-platform mobile app development’ in several projects.
Flutter, a cross-platform application development framework, comes with the ease of development with native performance while maintaining visual consistency across platforms. Let’s explore some benefits of the Flutter framework for developing mobile applications.
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More About Flutter
Flutter is an open-source framework that offers a complete package of development tools, widgets, and SDKs to facilitate cross-platform mobile app development. It supports a client-optimized programming language, Dart that enables developers to simultaneously develop an app that would work efficiently across multiple mobile platforms. At the same time, it accelerates the development process and significantly reduces project costs. Flutter is an extremely useful tool that lets you develop native-like apps for Android and iOS platforms using the same code base. In its infancy, Flutter has already been used by companies like Tencent, Alibaba, and is currently being used by Google for its ‘Ads’ platform.
At Oodles, we are experienced in using advanced tools like Flutter and React Native to build high-quality mobile apps with multi-platform support. Our development team is skilled at using Flutter SDKs to performance-driven mobile apps with custom features to meaningfully engage your target audience. Read further to explore the benefits you get with Flutter-based mobile app development services.
Benefits of Our Flutter App Development Services
One Code, Multiple Platforms
While working on Flutter, developers use a single codebase to develop apps for both Android and iOS platforms. In doing so, they develop two platform-specific versions of an app for Android and iOS using the same codebase.
One of the most significant features of Flutter is Hot Reload. It enables developers to instantly view code changes on emulators, simulators, and hardware. The changed code is reloaded in less than a second, while the app keeps on running, without the need for a restart. It is a great feature not only for building UIs or adding features but also for bug fixing.
Quality assurance processes can be faster if you have the same app for two different platforms (i.e Android and iOS). Due to a single codebase, the QA engineers only have to test one application to detect bugs in both Android and iOS versions. As a result, it significantly reduces their efforts as they have to perform less testing.
Flutter uses Dart, an object-oriented programming (OOP) language that also lets you build applications for desktop and web platforms. The compilation of Dart with Just-in-Time (JIT) accelerates the development cycle by providing hot reload capabilities. At the same time, its compilation with Ahead-of-Time (AOT) reduces app startup time and improves app performance. Using Dart, developers can create smooth animations and transitions that run at 60 FPS. Moreover, developers encounter fewer bugs as Flutter app development uses fewer codes.
Perfect for Minimum Viable Product (MVP)
Flutter is an ideal app development framework to showcase your products to investors at an early stage. Developers can build a Flutter-based mobile app that resembles native app experiences on both iOS and Android operating systems. App developers can create an MVP, using Flutter, to show investors the look of their products. For example, a newly launched eCommerce platform can create MVP to show investors how their products will be showcased.
Flutter framework has a rich set of widgets and resources to create custom widgets. It offers two sets of widgets i.e Cupertino and Material Design widgets. Cupertino widget enables Flutter developers to emulate Apple’s iOS design while Material Design Widgets help them implement Google’s design language.
Accelerated Development and Reduced Time-to-market
As compared to its peers, Flutter works faster as it significantly reduces the application development lifecycle. Also, a Flutter-based mobile app is twice as fast as compared to the same app developed using native Android and iOS SDKs. It is because you don’t have to write any specific platform-specific code to achieve the desired visuals in your application. Without interacting with a native application counterpart, any 2D-based UI can be implemented in Flutter. Besides, Flutter provides a declarative API for building dynamic UIs that noticeably boosts the app performance. It is most obvious when it comes to visual adjustments.
Own Rendering Engine
Flutter offers a high-performance rendering engine that alleviates the development of cross-platform mobile applications. It uses Skia for rendering itself onto a platform-provided canvas. The UIs built with Flutter can be launched virtually, on any platform, because of the rendering engine. Hence, you no longer have to adjust the UI to move the application to a different platform, which simplifies the development process.
Flutter Goes Beyond Mobile
Apart from mobile application development, Flutter also renders support for building web and desktop-based applications. Google presented a technical preview of the ‘Flutter Web’ in last year’s I/O conference. Without modifying the source code, the Flutter Web makes it possible to run pure Flutter applications in a browser.
Using Flutter, developers can build a cross-platform app that runs efficiently across all popular platforms or operating systems. It includes Android, iOS, Web browser, Windows, macOS, Linux, and even embedded devices. Moreover, the app will function properly with no changes to the Dart code.
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Why Flutter Is a Great Choice From the Business Perspective?
For every business, there are certain factors that hold significant value. It includes the stability of a platform, its performance, a wide pool of talent, and the guarantee of successful product development. Flaws and issues in a platform or technology across any of the listed aspects give rise to certain risk factors. It may also result in direct or indirect financial losses for your company.
The aforementioned aspects make Flutter an apt solution for businesses to remove potential barriers associated with mobile app development. It offers ample options for cross-platform mobile app development and hence poses minimal risk to a business. For all these reasons, Flutter mobile app development is best suited for startups and small-to-medium enterprises. Nevertheless, large-scale organizations can also reap the benefits of faster application processing and better interoperability by migrating their existing applications to Flutter.
Why Choose Oodles Technologies For Flutter Mobile App Development?
We are a seasoned Flutter app development company that builds feature-rich mobile applications with multi-platform support using Flutter. Our skilled team of Flutter app developers creates intuitive user interfaces to deliver engaging user experiences across devices. Our end-to-end Flutter application development services accelerate the software development lifecycle, reduce time-to-market, and enable businesses to grow and expand to new markets.
Anirudh is a content strategist and marketing head with considerable experience in handling technical projects related to next-gen technologies like ERP, SaaS, business intelligence, IoT, big data, and blockchain.