Ever since the invention of Flutter, Google keeps on adding features to make it more mature like React Native. Many top companies have already used Flutter to experience hiccup-free performance for their cross-platform apps. Here are a few Flutter features that make your native-looking apps super powerful and functionally-rich.
Flutter for mobile app development is gaining traction from cross-platform mobile app developers, startups, and large organizations.
Earlier only React Native ruled the cross-platform app development industry, and now it is openly being compared with Flutter.
See how much people search for “Flutter vs. React Native”-
All thanks to the community behind the growth of Google Flutter.
Companies that used Flutter to upgrade their mobile apps
We can’t ignore the fact that Flutter is developed and heavily backed by Google. Besides, because of its UI toolkit, features, and ease of development, many large organizations such as Tencent, BMW, eBay and the New York Times are also using Flutter.
Alibaba team used Flutter to create a mobile app named Xianyu, which is now having more than 50 million users. Apart from large organizations, smaller businesses across the globe are increasingly adopting it.
Looking at these brands upgrading their mobile apps using Flutter, it makes Flutter the top choice among the cross-platform app development companies.
Why should you choose Flutter mobile app development?
Check out why the larger brands are shifting towards Flutter app development and why should you too-
Stateful hot reload
In the case of native app development, developers need to rebuild (or recompile) the app to see the last changes made in the code. Rebuilding the app each time can take a few seconds to a couple of minutes, depending on the size of the app.
Flutter comes with a stateful hot reload feature. This means that app developers can make changes in the code and see the changes right away (or at the next moment) while maintaining the current state of the application. Hot reload makes app development faster and helps developers to add features and fix bugs quickly.
Native mobile apps from a single codebase
When it comes to native mobile app development, developers (or businesses) need to develop two separate applications, one for Android and another for iOS if they are targeting both types of users. This means 2X investment and expense on talent, development, and testing.
When companies use Flutter for mobile app development, they need to maintain only one codebase for two different platforms. This is incredible and highly beneficial for developers and testers. Every activity related to development and testing becomes easier, efficient and less time-consuming. Businesses save significant time and money and can achieve higher ROI compared to developing native apps.
Faster prototyping and less-time to hit the market
According to statistics, it takes approximately 250 hours to develop a Flutter app that runs on Android and iOS devices. On the other hand, it takes around 400 hours to build native iOS app additional 250 hours to build it for Android.
Instead of spending time and efforts on developing native apps, most businesses would prefer to use Flutter to get native-looking mobile apps for different platforms at reduced time. Faster app development makes Flutter an ideal choice for creating prototypes and Minimum Viable Products. Flutter also comes with APIs for writing unit and integration tests.
Ideal for resource-efficient and high-performance apps
Flutter and Dart also use (AOT) ahead-of-time compilation to improves app performance and startup time. Besides, Flutter apps are highly efficient when it comes to CPU usage, average response time, and the number of requests per second. Also, you can achieve a constant 60fps in your mobile apps. All these aspects make Flutter an ideal SDK for building high-performance apps.
It’s time to Flutter your apps
Flutter is a better alternative for building beautiful-looking, resource-efficient mobile apps. As of now, it is already equipped with adequate UI components and libraries that assist developers.
However, libraries and community support aren’t limited compared to native mobile app development. But as the technology is maturing, we can expect Google and the development community to work harder and become much efficient compared to React Native.
Prakash Donga (Director @SoluteLabs)
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