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Why should I choose cross-platform development?
Cross-platform app development allows you to create apps for iOS and Android simultaneously, which, in result, saves you time, money, and resources. It’s also easier to maintain; once you find a bug, you can solve it for both platforms simultaneously. However, there are of course some drawbacks. Cross-platform frameworks give less freedom to your developers to customize certain elements. In such cases you might want to go with native mobile app development. As you can see it all depends on the project.
What are other popular cross-platform app development frameworks?
React Native—created by Facebook. It allows developers to create a mobile app that works on iOS and Android, while still getting great speed, efficiency, and overall look and feel of the app. Xamarin—created by Microsoft, it’s a .NET developer platform made up of tools, programming languages, and libraries for building Android, iOS and Windows apps. Ionic—an SDK for hybrid mobile app development based on HTML5 programming language. It focuses mainly on the look and feel, and UI interaction of the mobile app. Together with Xamarin, they are way less known to developers than React Native and Flutter.
What is better: React Native or Flutter?
It’s a difficult question to answer in just a few words. Generally, go with React Native if you already have a strong web team, your mobile app is porting a web app, is a content browser, and doesn’t process a lot of data.
You already have a mobile team, your app doesn’t depend too heavily on one platform’s features (e.g. AR/VR), you need a beautiful UI, and you care about performance but don’t want to spend too much money on development? Go with Flutter.
You can read more about React Native vs. Flutter on our blog.
What programming language is used in Flutter?
Dart—it’s a language developed by Google and used to build mobile apps for multiple platforms (mobile, server, web, and desktop).
What mobile apps were made in Flutter?
Just to name a few: New York Times, Google Assistant, Hamilton, Alibaba.
Flutter is a fairly young cross-platform mobile framework. From the very beginning, Flutter has been advertised as a toolkit for building natively compiled applications for Android and iOS from single source code (actually Flutter’s possibilities exceeds mobile platforms). Does the idea sound familiar? The slogan “write once, run everywhere” has been around since the 3 main players raised on the market of mobile operating systems: Android, iOS and Windows Phone. The same promise was repeated every time a new cross-platform framework was released—whether it was Xamarin, Iconic, Cordova, or React Native. So do we really need a new framework? Why should we invest time and resources in learning new technology instead of using an established solution?
Flutter is a cross-platform framework, which means it exceeds mobile platforms and Flutter follows that definition. Thanks to this solution, an app that does not use any specific hardware such as a camera, Bluetooth, etc., could be easily run on any computer with macOS or run as a web page. This opportunity is an immanent feature of the framework so there is no need to introduce any changes into the source code or configuration of the project. Neither Flutter for web nor desktop has been released as a production-ready solution, so starting a project that requires an app to be available both on mobile and web/desktop may come with some risk.
Apart from impressive cross-platform capabilities, Flutter is a mobile-oriented framework that allows you to write an application once and then launch it both on Android and iOS. Flutter uses its own render engine to display an application on a screen which means that the app should look and behave the same, independently from an OS version. On the other hand, Flutter does not use any platform-related, native widgets and UI components. The framework is shipped with a set of widgets following each platform look & feel—e.g. a list of elements or buttons look and behave accordingly to Google and Apple guidelines, still with single source code.
Finally, It is not an exact Flutter feature but in May 2020 AWS announced Dart to be a supported language for writing AWS Lambdas. It could help get Dart more popular.