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Pros and Cons of Flutter That Every App Developer Should Know

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Ever since the day Flutter made its debut at Google I/O 2017, it has been a topic of interest in the app development industry. And the interesting part is that not everyone is a fan of Google’s mobile app SDK. That’s why we have decided to state the pros and cons of flutter to see if it has the potential of developing apps as an efficient cross-platform mobile development.

As a development platform, cross-platform mobile app development has gained a lot of popularity in the past few years and the flutter applications are here to take it a notch up. The main purpose of developing flutter cross-platform apps is to minimize effort and time consumption. After seeing this response on cross-platform development from the market, various tools and software have emerged to make the development platform more desirable.

A few examples of such web-based cross-platform app development tools are React Native backed up by Facebook, PhoneGap backed up by Adobe, Xamarin backed up by Microsoft and many more. But before diving deep into the advantages as well as disadvantages of flutter mobile development, let’s get acknowledged with the basics.

What is Flutter and Why is it used in App Development?

Flutter is a mobile app SDK (Software Development Kit) that is developed by Google for building mobile applications for major app development platforms like iOS and Android. Flutter comes with a full package that consists of widgets, development tools and framework to provide the app developers the ease of usage.

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In the growth and popularity of flutter, a major role was played by GitHub, which can be seen in the above graph statistics. Other than that, there are some more facts about the flutter development that you should be aware about such as:

  • It is an open source and free of cost.
  • Flutter's rich UI elements follow specific platform guidelines.
  • Main competition of flutter is React Native app development.
  • Flutter is based on Dart which is an object-oriented programming language.
  • It offers fast and highly customizable widgets to developers.
  • Architecture of Flutter is based on widely known reactive programming.

Apart from Android and iOS, flutter can also be used to create mobile apps on a new platform known as Fuchsia that is developed by the tech giant Google itself. Now that the basics on flutter app development have been discussed, it's time we move towards the pros and cons of flutter.

Pros of Flutter

Google's flutter software development kit enables developers to build two-dimensional mobile apps that can offer various functionalities and features including storage, camera and geolocation support to users.

Pros of Flutter

And in case, you are looking for some high-quality and impressive designs then flutter is the right choice for your project. Here are some of its other advantages:

1. Faster Mobile Apps

The mobile apps developed using flutter app development are way faster in comparison to applications built on other app development platforms. Flutter apps are also smooth in functioning as they offer a great user experience without any cutting or hanging while continuously scrolling.

2. Great for MVP

MVP plays a crucial role as the foundation for mobile and Web applications so if you want your digital product to be developed at a quicker pace then opt for flutter cross-platform app development. Many SMEs (Small to Medium-scale Enterprises) and organizations are now using flutter to speed up their development process while reducing the app development cost at the same time.

Great for MVP

3. Hot Reload

Hot Reload is considered to be one of the biggest advantages of flutter because of this the app developers are able to see all the changes, including the minor ones in the code right away. With the help of hot reload, developers can also make quick fixes in the app's code for its smooth functioning.  

4. Less Testing Efforts

In flutter, the user doesn't really have to create two separate apps for different platforms like Android and iOS because flutter provides a single codebase that can be used for more than one platform. This ultimately reduces the testing efforts as the Quality Assurance team doesn't need to run the same tests on different platforms again and again.

Testing Efforts

5. Native Features Access

Setting up flutter is very easy and can be initiated on low-end machines where app developers can access native features like geolocation and camera. This cross-platform mobile app development platform allows you to reuse your existing Objective-C, Swift and Java code for iOS and Android platforms.

Cons of Flutter

In comparison to the other mobile app development frameworks, flutter is relatively new and is still in its initial stages of development. So, one can say that it still requires some more time in the application development field to fully compete with other frameworks like Xamarin. Here are some other disadvantages of flutter:

Cons of Flutter

1. Limited Support

It’s true that Flutter has built an impressive support community with hundreds and thousands of flutter enthusiasts, but it's still not enough. In comparison to other support communities, flutter is lacking behind in user support. Also, there are limited libraries that can be accessed by app developers in the flutter.

2. Continuous Integration

Because of the fact that flutter is still in its early stages, there are not a number of CI (Continuous Integration) Platforms that provide support to it, this includes Jenkins and Travis. That’s why continuous integration support can be referred to as a major disadvantage for flutter development.

3. No Web Apps

Another negative point for flutter app development is that it is limited to mobile applications and does not cover Web apps. And this can be a major problem as nowadays businesses are looking for support from both mobile apps and web browsers. Thus, flutter lacks flexibility in respect to the web applications.

Key Takeaways 

  • Flutter has an extensible framework with a layered architecture.
  • It also consists of entirely open source packages as well as channels.
  • Delivers a native UI performance that is compiled with reactive applications
  • The compilation of JIT and AOT apps takes place in the smooth motion of 60 fps.
  • Flutter offers rich tooling like CLI & IDE, Hot Reload and Firebase integration.
  • It also has an expressive design with material design widgets.
  • The developers can reuse and compose Cupertino widgets in the flutter. 

Conclusion

Speaking from the point of view of an app developer, flutter does lack some important aspects, but on the other hand, it can be seen that Google is paving a new road for cross-platform app development. Our expert advice would be to give flutter a try as it's still in this beta stage and will surely improve in the upcoming months.

So, this was our take on the pros and cons of flutter and its entry in the mobile app development market. If you are interested in reading more such informative articles on cross-platform app development then make sure you are subscribed to MobileAppDaily for daily updates.

Also, we would love to know your thoughts in the ‘Comment’ section down below, on the topic of Flutter app development. And to help you out even further we are adding below a video tutorial on ‘How to Build Your First Flutter Widget’.

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