Flutter 1.0, the first stable version of cross-platform UI Toolkit by Google hits the market!
In the first week of December, the tech giant Google breaks the ice about the cross-platform app development tool Flutter, announcing the stable release of its version 1.0. Conquering over the beta release of Flutter, Google assured the UI toolkit to be glitch-free, seamless and all-encompassing to help app developers build fascinating apps on both Android and iOS platforms from a single codebase.
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Flutter is fast, productive and flexible UI. It is the solution the gives developers the best of two worlds: hardware-accelerated graphics and UI and targets the two most powerful mobile operating systems, i.e. Android and iOS.
Some history before you know how Flutter will help in app development
Even though cross-platform app development is not a new thing, it is filled with numerous compromises. Developers are compelled to build the same app repetitively for the individual mobile operating systems.
This induced the visionary tech corporation to make a giant leap to build a UI toolkit facilitating cross-platform app development to build interfaces for the underlying mobile platforms. So, earlier this year, Google had kicked off the Flutter’s beta version proclaiming it to be a unique UI toolkit and its stable release 1.0 is out now finally after months of previewing. The SDK sets itself as a “middle layer for software makers tool, sitting between the platforms like a code-based railroad switch.”
It thereby bridges all the gaps between the platforms and aids both Android and iOS developers to deliver their complete creativity and vision into the native apps without confined to the limitations of any development framework.
There’s no room for doubt that the launch of Flutter is a major step ahead when cross-platform app development has become too complex, cumbersome and to say further, too much fragmented. Building apps individually for Android or iOS platforms has been a severe strain on the businesses. But, it need not be anymore with Flutter 1.0 emerging out in the scenario.
The key highlights of Flutter 1.0
While Google promotes Flutter 1.0 as a characteristic app engine which the developers can embed in an existing app or use for an entirely new app.
Here are the four main highlights of the framework.
- Flutter enables app developers to design beautiful apps. It allows them to handle the screen’s every single pixel and gives them the freedom to create animated graphics, place texts or videos they way they deem fit. Flutter help in delivering priceless pixel experiences on the mobile platforms by utilising its compact set of widgets. Also, it helps them in realising the benefits of Material design, which is the Google’s specific design system for delivering ultimate digital experiences.
- Flutter offers speed in development. Flutter is powered by the hardware-accelerated Skia 2D graphics engine that has been backing both Android and Google. It is beautifully architected to support flawless and lucid graphics just at the native speed of the mobile devices. Flutter code is based on the Dart language which helps in compiling the duo 32-bit and 64-bit ARM code for Android and iOS.
- Flutter is immensely proactive and productive UI toolkit. It is power-packed with state-of-the-art features which assist the app engineers and developers to repeat steps in the apps development, iterate or make changes in real time. They can change the code, view the changes sought in an app without worrying about the app to start again and lose its current status. All-in-all, Flutter’s ingenious capabilities will make the development process thrice productive than before.
- Flutter is an open-source SDK toolkit. It bears the BSD-style license and is built with the major contribution of a vast pool of app developers from all parts of the world. Along with the strong Flutter community, it is also powered by a comprehensive ecosystem which comprises a plenty number of plugins and widgets.
Additionally, with Flutter, the developers can also have access to any iOS or Android app development tools. For instance, Kotlin or Swift.
What’s the Future With Flutter 1.0?
Promises better designing and development
Being the stable launch since the beta version released months ago, designers and developers are eagerly ready to utilise Flutter 1.0 for recreating UI with most interactive designs and graphics ever. Besides, it is also designed to help them create own kind of widgets for apps or customise the existing ones.
Win a favourable clientele
According to Google, many new developers are getting acquainted with Flutter and in no time there will be apps mushrooming out everywhere in the world. However, Google has been using the platform earlier for a huge number of products including its own Google Ads. Other prominent names that switched to Flutter for cross-platform app development earlier are Alibaba, Philips Hue, Hamilton, Abbey Road Studios and so forth. Thus, with these big guns already seizing the usefulness of Flutter prior to its stable launch, there is no doubt that it will be winning a rich clientele sooner or later.
Cost-effective apps by happier developers
Besides all the buzz, the best of the advantages of deploying Flutter is that it saves up both time and costs in cross-platform app development. While Flutter 1.0 is the next big milestone in app development, it gave more choices to the developers making them happier. Among its features, ‘stateful hot reload’, a rich set of widgets and absolute native performance are the best ones that appeal most to developers.
Benevolent advantages of Flutter to Mobile App Owners
- Faster app development due to the shorter development cycle and faster coding
- Single codebase is applicable to both iOS and Android platforms
- Less testing owing to one codebase
- With the same UI, there are no extra costs for supporting older OS versions or devices
- Ideal concept for introducing MVP (Minimal Viable Product)
Altogether, cross-platform app development will now be far more simple, quick and result-driven, letting businesses get well-designed, captivating apps in record time.
As mobile application development is becoming less challenging over the time with new technologies erupting and teams of proficient app developers trying hard, this new advancement in the name of Flutter 1.0 will be another big turning point!
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