Writing the same application code for iOS and Android separately can prove to be cumbersome and time-consuming. Cross-platform mobile application development has, thus, gained popularity considering it saves time as well as money. Many web-based tools have been developed over the years to support cross-platform app development, few of these being Facebook’s React Native and Adobe’s PhoneGap. Flutter is a new mobile application development platform that offers a fast and secure way to develop well designed cross-platform applications.
What Is Flutter?
Flutter is a free, open-source software based on Dart programming language and Reactive Programming Architecture that supports Android Studio, Firebase APIs, inline videos and ads and offers development of high-performance applications. It is more like an SDK for applications designed for touch screen devices that work well with iOS and Android. It can also be used to make games using SKIA, an open-source 2D rendering engine. Widgets are the core of Flutter, both for iOS and Android mobile devices.
Flutter is a modern app development kit introduced by Google that assists app developers in building iOS and Android apps from the same code. Although it is relatively a new tool in the app development business, many online giants such as Alibaba and Tencent have already adopted it in their apps. Flutter has not only improved the mobile app development process but also helped reduce development time, costs and risks. It is a valuable technology that is streamlining the complete mobile app development process. No doubt, it comes with its own list of disadvantages.
Below we discuss some pros and cons of Flutter in mobile application development:
Benefits Of Flutter:
1) The major advantage of Flutter is the ability to build iOS and Android apps simultaneously using the same code base. This way, apps made in Flutter can work efficiently in either of the platforms and create many new business opportunities.
2) Flutter helps increase the coding speed since you can see the changes in code in real-time. The updated source code injects in real-time and you get to check the new UI and features almost instantly. Moreover, the identification of bugs is much easier.
3) The code in Flutter is compiled which gives an excellent performance boost to the applications in most of the devices.
4) In case you urgently need a mobile app for your business, the Flutter tool provides new ideas for your MVP.
5) Running a Flutter mobile app is possible on all Android and iOS devices since all widgets and their renderers are the part of the app and you don’t need an additional library to ensure compatibility with iOS and Android.
6) Once your app is published, it is easier to maintain and develop all the new features and fix bugs in Flutter.
7) Flutter can be used to make advanced UI since it uses internal graphics engine SKIA which is used in Chrome, Firefox, and Sublime Text 3.
8) You can use Flutter to write your own games since it helps make creative and attractive graphics and UI. You can design your own elements, components and custom UIs for your games.
9) Using Flutter, you can make your iOS and Android app with one UI design.
10) Flutter layout easily fits all screen sizes of both Android and iOS devices and it supports all dimensions.
11) Flutter mobile app development follows a widget approach and helps create fast, extensible and customizable applications. Furthermore, the platform combines all widgets in a consistent unified object model.
12) The application development framework has been tested by many big tech giants and already has millions of users which make it a good choice for app development.
Disadvantages Of Flutter:
The Flutter framework is comparatively young and is still developing and maturing day by day. Thus, it has a few cons as discussed below:
1) Flutter mobile apps are not supported by web browsers since the framework is mobile-specific.
2) It includes many important libraries but you might not find every functionality and, additionally, developers have to create libraries themselves which is a time-consuming task.
3) Continuous integration is a big problem in Flutter.
4) Flutter does not support Android TV and Apple TV apps.
5) Flutter-made apps using built-in widgets are much bigger in size with the smallest app around 4MB.
6) Being a new framework, some app developers consider Flutter an unstable tool and incapable of handling big eCommerce applications.
7) To work well on Flutter, users or developers must have good knowledge of the Native SDK. So in every Flutter project, you need to hire experienced and dedicated iOS/Android developers.
To sum up, the Flutter mobile app development framework has more advantages than disadvantages and we can expect it to be the future of mobile application development frameworks. It can help build your mobile apps quickly while saving money and validating your MVP idea much faster and quicker. All kinds of businesses, be it IT startup, e-commerce businesses, designers, 2D game developers, all can get positive results in iOS and Android mobile app development using the Flutter framework.