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Flutter Multiplatform: A Rising Star in the World of Multi-Experience Development

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October 20, 2021
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Customers interact with your business and services using a variety of devices; developing an application for a specific platform may keep you out of the reach of customers using other platforms.

To address this issue, business owners employ a multi-experience development strategy. In this article, we will learn about Flutter multiplatform, its uniqueness, and how it helps developers to easily implement multi-experience development strategies by supporting cross-platform development.

Today everyone is using apps for communication, social networking, and to perform other tasks such as online shopping and banking. It has made our life much simpler and sophisticated. There are millions of such applications, but only a small percentage of them are used by a single person.

On the other hand, users want to access the same application on different devices such as desktop, mobile, tab, and smartwatches.

That means there is fierce competition among the apps and users prefer high-quality applications that not only satisfy their needs but also deliver a rich experience across different platforms.

User experience and customer satisfaction are the critical factors for any application to achieve business excellence and higher revenue. That is the reason why businesses are more focused on multi-experience development.

Flutter is one of the technologies designed and developed to build an app, for multiple platform multi-experience development.

Flutter Multiplatform: Rising popularity

According to Google, “nearly half a million developers” now use its open-source UI framework Flutter on a monthly basis. In addition, Google reports an increase of 80% in the number of Flutter-built apps in the Play store as Flutter 1.20 is released in 2020. According to the 2020 Stack Overflow developer survey, it is the third most popular framework.


Flutter Multiplatform


Flutter multiplatform and Multi-experience development

Flutter multiplatform and Multi-experience development

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Before building an application for single or multiple platforms, a project manager must make the standard decision of whether to develop an entirely native application or to use a cross-platform approach to app development.

However, building native or cross-platform applications has its pros and cons. A native application is highly efficient, gives native look to the app but it is still highly expensive and time-consuming if built for different platforms.

On the contrary, implementing a cross-platform approach for multi-platform development is less time-consuming and also has lower development costs but the native controls are tough to integrate.

Therefore developers need something that can solve the issues in cross-platform app development and here Flutter comes into the picture.

Flutter

Many apps must be compatible with multiple platforms, including Android, iOS, web, and desktop. Flutter is an open-source UI software development framework developed by Google used to build cross-platform applications for different platforms from the single codebase without compromising on code quality, speed, and performance.

The platform is based on the dart language made by Google. Flutter renders your application rather than relying on the platform to do so, making your app extremely fast and responsive. Also, it has its own engine written in C and C++ that runs dart code.

The Flutter Foundation library provides basic classes and functions for the Flutter app development. Further, the Flutter framework contains two sets of widgets for specific design languages.

– Material Design Widgets

– Cupertino Widgets

What makes Flutter unique among cross-platform development technologies?

Unlike other frameworks, Flutter has no bridge or context switch between the platform and your application as shown below.


Flutter uniqueness


Flutter app development only requires Canvas and Events to render the widgets to appear on the device screen and access services such as geolocation, sensor, camera, audio, and Bluetooth, etc. Furthermore, the application is compiled in AOT(Ahead of Time) instead of JIT ( Just in Time) like JavaScript.

Let’s understand how it contrasts with other ways of app development for multiple platforms.

1. Build separate applications for different platforms

You can build separate applications for different platforms, in such cases, your code will call the built-in platform UI elements directly but the drawback is each code base will be written in a different native language.

As a result, the development team must maintain consistency between each codebase in order to maintain the same feature set as the app grows.

2. Build cross-platform with a single codebase but using Web Views and Bridge

Another approach we can use is the single codebase for cross-platform development but it uses Web Views and Bridge. Using a bridge to communicate with the platform lowers your app performance.

Conclusion

From the above discussion, we can conclude that, though Flutter is a new boy in a town it is gaining high popularity with its features. It has simplified cross-platform app development with its unique architecture.

With Flutter Multiplatform, business owners can implement a multi-experience development strategy for various platforms with a single codebase without worrying about the cost and quality issues.

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