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Is Flutter Right for Your Next Mobile App Development Project?

Is Flutter Right for Your Next Mobile App Development Project?

What’s all the hoopla?  

Although Flutter has been around already since 2015 when Google first introduced it, but lately there has been loads of buzz around it and it continues to grow stronger the more people look at it’s capabilities .

The hoopla is surrounded by its ability to be a cross-platform tool intended for creating Android and iOS apps from a single code base by using a modern, reactive framework.

Flutter apps are built using Dart, a simple object-oriented programming language.

The main reason there is a stronger interest in Flutter is the central idea of Flutter revolves around widgets. The entire UI is made of combining different widgets, each of which defines a structural element (like a button or menu), a stylistic element (like a font or color scheme), an aspect of the layout (like padding), and so on. Flutter does not use OEM widgets but provides its own ready-made widgets that look native either to Android (Material Design) or iOS apps (Cupertino). It’s also possible to create custom widgets. And, if you can really make it look like a native app without using the native dev language, it’s a plus for all involved.   

SwiftUI vs Flutter Development  

Apple’s answer to Google is simple here. Flutter is compatible with both Android and iOS whereas SwiftUI is a new member of Apple’s ecosystem. Developers use Flutter for cross-platform apps with a single codebase. This new native iOS technology highlights that Flutter is pushing other languages to adopt its simplistic way of developing UI. The SwiftUI technology makes it dramatically easier and faster for developers to create powerful new apps. SwiftUI is a revolutionary development framework that makes building powerful user interfaces easier than ever before, but only if you are building iOS apps.  

Now with the introduction of SwiftUI, which works on the same mechanism as Flutter, Apple has announced itself to the world of declarative UI programming. What does it mean for developers who build exclusively for iOS? Well, now they can make Native Apps for their client’s who do not prefer the Flutter way. SwiftUI will probably reduce the incentive for Apple-only developers to adopt Flutter.

Many have pointed out that Apple has just introduced a new framework for essentially the same UI experience. Developers in communities like Reddit and others are actively sharing their thoughts on the recent arrival of SwiftUI. Many agree that it was a reaction to Flutter’s growth and they noted that SuiftUI is Flutter with not support.    

Many have commented that developers who use SwiftUI will eventually return to Flutter to target all other platforms, which makes Flutter could benefit from SwiftUI and not the other way round.

The popularity of the react native is no brainer. Native mobile app development for iOS and Android is often combined with a higher cost and companies usually have to work with 2 different sets of teams for development. With the advent and improvements of cross-platform solutions, it drastically bridges the gaps in terms of developmental costs. One could think of Flutter as React native with the full support of native features. 

As with React Native, the Flutter technology uses reactive-style views. However, while React Native transpires to native widgets, Flutter compiles all the way to native code.

Conclusion

Both SwiftUI and Flutter are about making development interactive, faster and easier. They really help move development along with the latest inbuilt graphical UI design tools that allow designers to assemble a user interface without having to write any code.  An important fact to take note of is that SwiftUI is still under development and will take its time to mature.

On the other hand, Flutter app development services continue to deliver scalable solutions for startups/enterprises. Building native apps are not cheap and Flutter with the same feel of native provides cost-effective services. It continues to make big strides on its expanded capabilities and will remain a competitive cross-platform network with or without SwiftUI’s presence.

Before the latest Flutter updates, the native iOS app development with native technologies especially Swift are very slick and fast and the iOS apps developed with cross-platform solutions could be easily spotted and it felt like there is something missing. However, since Flutter apps landed in the App Store, there is no way to spot that the apps were built with Flutter. The apps feel so slick, native and smooth just like the Swift developed apps.




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